DBR Open Lab Positions

A NIH-funded postdoctoral position is available. Cao lab is looking for highly motivated candidates that are keen on understanding the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms underlying episodic and chronic migraine as well as exploring molecular and cellular targets for new therapeutics in mouse models. The research program employs a multidisciplinary approach including state of the art technologies in electrophysiology, time-lapse imaging, anatomical tracing, single neuron profiling as well as mouse genetics and behavioral assays. 

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in neuroscience (or a related scientific discipline), a strong record of research accomplishment and extensive experience in primary neuronal culture. The successful candidate should be highly motivated, having solid command of literature and excellent critical thinking skill, able to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team. Candidates should be able to rationally design, execute, and interpret experiments as well as to trouble-shoot independently and effectively. Strong record-keeping skills, excellent command of verbal and written English are essential.

The successful candidate will join a large, dynamic and internationally recognized neuroscience community, with ample opportunities for career development. Salary will be based on NIH guidelines.

Applicants interested in the position should send their curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, along with contact information for three references to Dr. Yu-Qing Cao.

Washington University in St. Louis is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


 Email Dr. Yu-Qing Cao

We are currently accepting graduate students.

 Email Dr. Jason Held

We currently are recruiting 1 postdoctoral fellow. An attractive candidate will have an established proficiency in protein biochemistry, chemical biology, computational biology or related approaches, be familiar with protein regulation by post-translational modifications, have excellent communication skills, and a strong publication record. Postdoctoral fellows interested in seeking independent funding are particularly encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should send a CV, brief summary of research experience and interests, and the names of three references to Dr. Held.

 Email Dr. Jason Held

Post-Doctoral Fellow in Neuroscience Optogenetics:
Washington University School of Medicine

Post-doctoral position(s) in the Washington University Pain Center and Departments of Anesthesiology and Anatomy/Neurobiology. The successful candidate(s) will become part of a large, multidisciplinary, and internationally recognized neuroscience community. This position is supported by an NIH TR01 “Transformative Research Award” and will incorporate state of the art optogenetics, development/refinement of novel micro-optic devices, patch clamp electrophysiology and viral gene therapy with a goal of understanding mechanisms of chronic pain.

A successful candidate should have the following qualifications:
• Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Cell Biology or related field, with a track record of productivity and innovation
• Solid background and hands-on experience in electrophysiology, applied physics or optogenetics is a plus.
• Creative thinking skills, command of the neuroscience literature
• Affinity for performing experimental animal research
• Ability to work collaboratively with excellent communication skills
• Strong proficiency in the English language

The laboratory is located in the Washington University Medical Center campus, situated in St. Louis’ urban corridor, the “Central West End” district. St. Louis offers numerous cultural activities including excellent blues, jazz, and classical music, restaurants, farmers markets, nightlife and professional sports. St. Louis also offers an affordable lifestyle and cost of living for young families.

For more information/application please contact Robert Gereau at: gereaur@wustl.edu.

Applications for the position should include a curriculum vitae and names/contact information of three professional references.  Washington University is an equal opportunity employer.

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