Postdoctoral Fellow- in Neuropathic Pain Research (Dr. Andrew Shepherd)

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Smithville, TX

ID: 7065314
Posted: March 16, 2020
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Postdoctoral Fellow - Pain Research
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, Texas

Academic / Research

Preferred Education:

We are looking for a post-doctoral researcher with a strong background in neuroscience to join the Neuroimmunology lab at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Applicants should hold (or soon receive) a Ph.D. in neuroscience or a related discipline. The research project will study the ability of immune system-targeted nanotherapies to alleviate pain in rodent models of neuropathy. Experience working with rodents and a background in neuroscience, pain research and/or immunology is preferred. The position, funded by a Department of Defense grant, is available July 1, 2020.

Research Activity:
• Immunohistochemistry and microscopy studies on nervous system and other tissues.
• Behavioral assays of physical activity and pain in mice.
• Work with genetically modified mice.
• Live-cell imaging of neuronal/immune cell physiology.
• Isolate and run biochemical experiments on protein & RNA isolated from mouse tissues.
• Perform pharmacological manipulations in vivo.
• Prepare and write manuscripts for publication.

Interpersonal Skills, Communication, Learning Skills:
• Strong written and oral communication skills.
• Communication with faculty and staff within and outside the laboratory.
• Ability to work with others in a highly collaborative manner.
• Good problem-solving abilities.

Other Duties:
• Responsible for monitoring laboratory equipment and implementing safety procedures.
• Strong interest in basic and translational research.
• Supervision of 1-2 research assistants.

For more information about the lab and our research, please visit:
Applicants should hold (or soon receive) a Ph.D. in neuroscience or a related discipline. Experience with rodent behavioral testing is preferred but not required. Successful applicants should be highly self-motivated, have outstanding experimental skills, and be able to think independently but also work well in a team.

Diversity and inclusion at MD Anderson are not just important; they are essential. We take an expansive view of diversity, considering differences in race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender and religious beliefs, as well as communication styles, thought, skill and ambition. We constantly examine our culture to create an inclusive working environment that effectively attracts, retains, develops and utilizes the skills and talents of all employees. Our Diversity Council develops strategies to attract and retain superior talent and enhance workforce diversity and inclusion. We also offer multiple diversity training programs to our employees.


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