Currently there is a large movement towards therapeutic device development targeting the vagus nerve to treat chronic diseases (for review see, https://bit.ly/2uxNhdE). A scientifically diverse research team of neuroscientists and engineers at the University of Pittsburgh is looking for a postdoctoral scientist to develop next-generation devices focused on modulating vagus nerve signaling for the treatment of obesity, cancer, and gastrointestinal diseases. Our team projects are focused on those functions of the vagus nerve that connect to abdominal organs, including the upper gastrointestinal tract and the immune system. Specifically, the associate will contribute to animal surgery, physiological and behavioral testing, histological tissue analysis, data analytics, and manuscript writing. These research efforts are currently funded by two awards from the NIH SPARC Program (https://bit.ly/2HWJ7nx).
PhD in neuroscience or a related discipline.
Strong written and verbal presentation skills in English
Animal surgical skills and anatomical knowledge of the nervous system
Knowledge of statistical analysis and experimental design
Strong organizational skills and ability to work independently
Ability to function in a highly interactive cross-disciplinary environment
Technical computing skills including: (1) programming in Python or R; (2) operating systems -- Linux, Windows, macOS; (3) command-line usage and scripting; (3) associated programming tools, Github, Jupyter notebook, etc.
Experience with histological processing of tissue and immunohistochemistry
Interested candidates should submit the following to Charles Horn, PhD:
Cover letter outlining research accomplishments and goals
Names of at least three references, including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address
Date of availability
The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity.
Job Type: Full-time
Salary: $47,476.00 to $55,000.00 /year
Animal surgical skills: 1 year (Required)
Anatomical Knowledge of Nervous System: 1 year (Required)
Neuroscience or related discipline: 1 year (Required)
Histological processing tissue/immunohistochemistry: 1 year (Preferred)