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Research Associate

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) is recruiting for a Research Associate to join our dynamic group of National Institutes of Health-funded translational pain scientists. Our group’s primary focus is on the role of neurotrophin signaling in the development and persistence of neuropathic pain. We also utilize transcriptomic and genetic analyses to identify new candidate pathways that, when perturbed, reduce pain. Preferred skills include expertise in single cell electrophysiology, whole cell patch clamp, and familiarity with, or experience with, optogenetic techniques. Candidates must have a PhD in neuroscience or a related field, with at least four years of post-doctoral experience. The selected candidate will interact with faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and PhD students who conduct basic and translational research in chronic pain and symptom science.  

Primary Responsibilities

  • Conduct electrophysiological experiments in vivo and in vitro
  • Assist with training and mentoring of PhD students and postdoctoral fellows
  • Perform standard bench lab protocols
  • Forms collaborations with other faculty members as appropriate
  • Documents experimental protocols and research results and analyzes and interprets experiments
  • Participates in manuscript development and preparation/submission of grant applications


  • Doctoral degree required; postdoctoral research experience preferred
  • Outstanding scholarly achievement in terms of data-based publications and presentations
  • Eligibility for appointment as a research associate professor
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, résumé, and the names of three professional references to:

Susan Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN
Chair, Search Committee
c/o Lois Reisig
University of Maryland School of Nursing
655 West Lombard Street, Room 502
Baltimore, MD 21201

The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA Employer.

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