An electrophysiologist who wants to study pain circuitry in the context of a skin/nerve/spinal cord preparation. In this preparation, we record from spinal projection neurons while we control somatosensory input and simultaneously manipulate the activity of specific populations of spinal interneurons using optogenetics. This powerful approach enables unprecedented insight into spinal circuitry (Hachisuka et al., 2016).
This position would provide ideal training for those interested in pursuing a career as a principal investigator. The candidate would be involved in collaborative projects and receive training from Drs. H. Richard Koerber and Sarah Ross in the Department of Neurobiology.
The postdoctoral fellow will benefit from the outstanding learning environment of The Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research (PCPR) and the Pittsburgh Sensory Neuroscience group (PSN), which comprise an interactive group of basic scientists and clinical investigators. Center faculty and trainees meet weekly for journal club and twice monthly for work in progress talks. In addition, fellows have the opportunity to interact with seminar speakers who visit as part of our monthly seminar series.
Interested candidates should contact Rick Koerber with a CV, names of three references, and a statement of research interest.
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