Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to identify resolution mechanisms of macrophages in neuropathic pain

The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7108925

Posted: August 24, 2022

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Post-doctoral position
Laboratories of Neuroimmunology
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Department of Symptom Research

The Laboratories of Neuroimmunology consist of the research teams of four 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 macrophages can resolve nerve injury and pain through enhanced efferocytosis. Investigations will be performed using transgenic mice, preclinical models of neuropathic pain, and in vitro studies. Experience in working with rodents and a background in pain or immunology is preferred. The position is funded by an NIH 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
• Macrophage isolations and culture
• Live cell imaging
• Luciferase assays and immunoassays
• Nerve injury surgery
• Intrathecal drug treatments in vivo
• Behavioral assays of pain in rodents
• Collect and process ex vivo biological samples including nerve, brain, spinal cord
• Immunohistochemistry and microscopy studies on cells and nervous system tissues
• Western blotting and qPCR
• Flow cytometry
• 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 ([email protected]).

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.

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