The Creed Lab (www.creedlab.org) in the Washington University Pain Center in the department of Anesthesiology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research associate. The goal of the lab is to determine synaptic and circuit plasticity underlying negative affect in chronic pain, mood and substance use disorders, and to develop novel neuromodulation therapies for these disorders. To this end, we use in vivo and patch clamp electrophysiology combined with optogenetic manipulations and in vivo biosensors, behavioral assays and molecular biology techniques.
Candidates should have (or expect to have) a PhD in neuroscience, biology, pharmacology, biomedical engineering or a related discipline. The successful candidate will lead a project focusing on opioid-dependent plasticity in the mesolimbic reward circuitry and overlapping symptoms of chronic pain and opioid addiction. All projects use a variety of experimental techniques and are highly collaborative, and so candidates must be able to work effectively in teams within the lab and with other members of the WashU neuroscience community. Prior experience or strong motivation to learn in vivo or patch clamp electrophysiology is required.
Candidates with programming skills (Matlab, R or Python) are especially encouraged to apply, although this is not a requirement. The Creed Lab provides a supportive and intellectually stimulating training environment, and St. Louis offers affordable quality of life and a dynamic post-doc community.
To be considered, applicants should submit the following to Dr. Creed (firstname.lastname@example.org):
1. An updated CV
2. A statement of research interests and career goals
3. Contact information for three references
The anticipated start date would be between summer 2019 and winter 2020.