Postdoctoral fellow

Postdoctoral positions are open in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Center at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Cao lab is looking for highly motivated candidates that are keen on understanding the 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. To learn more about our research and approach please see:

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in neuroscience or a related scientific discipline and a strong record of research accomplishment. 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.

Candidates with one of the following areas of expertise will be considered:

  1. A solid training in patch-clamp electrophysiology and primary neuronal culture. Prior experience in ion channel characterization and/or time-lapse imaging will be appreciated.
  2. Extensive experience in mouse nociceptive behavior assays, immunohistochemistry, and survival surgery.
  3. Immunology background and experience in mouse primary immune cell isolation, enrichment, expansion, transduction and functional assay. Competency in flow cytometry and ELISA is required.

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.

Graduate Students

We are currently accepting graduate students.

Postdoctoral Fellows

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.