Postdoctoral Positions in Pain Research

 Applications are invited for three NIH- and DoD-funded postdoctoral positions. We are looking for highly motivated candidates to lead the projects to understand how ion channel defects and neuro-immune interactions contribute to chronic migraine and other headache disorders as well as to identify novel therapeutic targets. We employ multidisciplinary approaches including electrophysiology, time-lapse imaging, anatomical tracing, single neuron profiling, mouse genetics, immunology, pharmacology and behavioral assessment of pain. 

 The ideal candidates will have a PhD and/or MD degree and with extensive experience in one of the following areas:

1) mouse survival surgery, nociceptive behavior assays, brain anatomy and fluorescent microscopy.

2) primary neuronal culture, time-lapse imaging and/or patch clamp recording in culture and/or slices. 

3) molecular cloning, protein expression and purification, tissue culture, structure and functional study of membrane proteins (ion channels, G-protein coupled receptors and transporters etc).

The successful candidate should be able to work both independently and collaboratively as part of a team. Washington University provides a large, dynamic and internationally recognized neuroscience community, with ample opportunities for career development.

The positions are immediately available and have an initial term of at least three years. Applications will be evaluated until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications, laboratory experience, and institutional 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 at

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