Postdoctoral Fellow position in neuroimmune regulation of chronic pain - Symptom Research department

The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7072327

Posted: November 19, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Laboratories of Neuroimmunology consist of the research teams of five collaborating Principal Investigators who aim at understanding chronic pain, cognitive deficits and fatigue in response to cancer treatment.

We are seeking an enthusiastic Postdoctoral Researcher to study how the antioxidant transcription factor NRF2 regulates neuroinflammation and neuronal hyperexcitability in neuropathic pain (Li et al., Anesthesiology (2020) 132: 343-56). Investigations will be performed using mouse models of neuropathic pain and DRG neurons isolated from human donors. Experience in working with rodents and a background in pain or immunology is preferred. The position is funded by a National Institutes of Health grant and is available immediately. We highly value innovation, learning, hard work, creativity and an interactive, respectful and fun atmosphere. The post-doctoral fellow will work under direct supervision of the Principal Investigator on this NIH-funded project.

If you are interested in helping to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms of pain and developing novel interventions to help improve the quality of life for people suffering from chronic pain in an internationally-renowned, well-funded group of scientists using a highly integrated and interdisciplinary approach in the number one cancer center in the USA, we are the perfect environment for you!


1. Research Activity
• Live cell imaging
• Luciferase assays and immunoassays
• CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing in vitro and in vivo
• Nerve injury surgery
• Intrathecal drug treatments in vivo
• Behavioral assays of pain in mice
• Collect and process ex vivo biological samples including brain and spinal cord
• Assay human DRG neurons
• Immunohistochemistry and microscopy studies on cells and nervous system tissues
• Western blotting and qPCR
• Present results in departmental and national meetings
• Prepare and write manuscripts for publication.

2. 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.

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

For further information you should contact Birute Ziemiene (

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