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Postdoctoral Associate in neuroelectronic device development
Institution: UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Category: Postdoctoral - Neuroscience
Posted: 09/11/2019
Application Due: 00/00/0000
Type: Fulltime

Currently there is a large movement towards therapeutic device development targeting the vagus nerve to treat chronic diseases (for review see, 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 (

Essential Qualifications

  • 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

Preferred Qualifications

  • 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

  • Curriculum vitae

  • 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)


  • Doctorate (Required)

Work Location:

  • One location

Application Information
Online App. Form: