The Ferguson Laboratory for Spine Research in the Orthopaedic Surgery Department at the University of Pittsburgh is accepting applications for a highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellow to investigate the molecular biology of intervertebral disc degeneration and pain-related behaviors of a rat model of discogenic low back pain. The position is open immediately for three years.
Responsibilities: The successful candidate will conduct animal procedures, develop pain and pain-related behavior outcome assessments, and analyze molecular and cellular changes in the intervertebral disc as well as neurologic and biochemical features relating to acute and chronic LBP.
The candidate should have graduated with a Ph.D. in biomedical or biological sciences, preferably in neuroscience within the past two years or less. Previous experience working with animal models and an excellent command of neuroscience and pain literature are also desired.
Additional Salary Information: salary range is based on recently posted NIH stipend guidelines
The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related research university, founded as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787. Pitt is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), which comprises 62 preeminent doctorate-granting research institutions in North America.The mission of the Ferguson laboratory is to:(1) Study the biology and mechanics of intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD)(2) Develo...p biologic treatments to prevent and/or minimize IDD initiation and progression(3) Educate and train students, postdoctoral fellows, and residents how to do proper, effective, and exciting basic and/or clinical research(4) To foster an environment where exciting, collaborative, and productive research is performed where personal and professional growth is supported and optimized