Postdoctoral Fellowship Openings

There are currently multiple openings for Postdoctoral Research Fellows and/or Research Association Positions.  Please see the announcements below for more information.

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Interdisciplinary Research Training in Pain and/or Substance Use Disorders – T32 Program

Division of Pain Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine

Program Description:

The Stanford Division of Pain Medicine Training Program in Pain and Substance Use Disorders is intended to develop postdoctoral trainees’ skills to become independent investigators in the fields of pain, substance abuse disorders, and their intersection.  The training program incorporates required and elective coursework, mentored research experiences, an individual integrated research project, seminars, and exposure to professional development skills, including grant proposal and manuscript writing.  The aim of this program is to develop the next generation of academic leaders in pain and substance abuse disorder to ultimately can better characterize these important conditions and translate discoveries into safe and effective treatments.

The postdoctoral fellow may work with one of 18 primary mentors, spanning 6 departments – Anesthesiology, Neurobiology, Medicine, Psychiatry, Radiology, and Psychology. Disciplines in which we offer training include: molecular and cellular biology, optogenetics, electrophysiology, genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics, neuroimaging, cognitive neurosciences, psychology, pharmacology, and health policy and economics.

Primary and Secondary Mentors include the following faculty: Martin Angst, MD; Ben Barres, MD, PhD; Ian Carroll, MD, MS; David Clark, MD, PhD; Sean David, MD, Dphil; Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD; Gary Glover, PhD; Keith Humphreys, PhD; Kevin Johnson, PhD; Brian Knutson, PhD; Sean Mackey, MD, PhD; Robert Malenka, MD, PhD; Sam McClure, PhD; Doug Owens, PhD; Greg Scherrer, PharmD, PhD; Jodie Trafton, PhD; David Yeomans, PhD; Jarred Younger, PhD

Trainee Requirements:

To be appointed to a research training grant, an individual must be a citizen, a non-citizen national of the United States or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., in possession of a current, valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or must be in possession of other legal verification of such status). Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.
Trainees must have received, as of the beginning date of the appointment, a MD/PhD, MD or PhD or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Written certification by an authorized official of the degree-granting institution that all degree requirements have been met, prior to the date training is to begin, is acceptable.

The positions are for two years. The successful applicant will interests in developing academic careers relevant to pain, substance abuse, or their intersection.

Applications:

Application deadline for the upcoming year is May 1, 2014. Applications may continue to be submitted past this deadline for consideration for future years or alternate funding mechanisms.

To apply, please submit this form, a curriculum vitae,  3 letters of recommendations, and up to 5 article reprints/preprints to:

Dr. Sean Mackey
c/o Nicky Chu
1070 Arastradero, Suite 200
Palo Alto, CA 94304

 

Postdoctoral Fellowship and Research Associate Positions in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in Pain Research

Division of Pain Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine

Program Description:

Dr. Sean Mackey’s Systems Neuroscience and Pain Laboratory at Stanford University is currently accepting applications for a postdoctoral research fellow and/or research associate to advance Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in chronic pain. Our lab uses state of the art technologies, including TMS, fMRI, and structural MRI, and has had a growing focus in machine learning techniques applied to neuroimaging, psychophysics and genetics. The primary role will be to advance the use of TMS to understand and treat pain.  Additionally, the candidate will have the opportunity to interact with a large and growing group of interdisciplinary Stanford researchers involved with multiple studies involving acute and chronic pain including:  real-time fMRI control of brain activity, spinal cord fMRI, pharmacologic fMRI, individual difference in pain and cognitive/affective dimensions of pain.

 Qualifications:

Applicants should have (or anticipate having) a Ph.D. and research background in Cognitive Neuroscience, Neurophysiology, Neuropsychology, or related fields. MD or other graduate-level applicants are also encouraged to apply and should have applicable research experience. Individuals with backgrounds in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science or similar fields and a strong interest/background in human neuroimaging are also encouraged to apply. Applicants should be experienced at conducting TMS studies, and additional experience with neuroimaging (MRI, fMRI) is preferred.  Some experience with software packages such as SPM, FSL, AFNI, and Matlab is preferred.  Experience with presentation software (such as E-Prime) and other programming languages such as C a plus, but not a requirement. Applicants should also possess strong interpersonal skills and be able to work independently with minimal supervision.

The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for conducting ongoing TMS projects, analyzing neuroimaging data, as well as planning and conducting future studies. Duties will also include manuscript preparation and management of research assistants. The most successful applicants will have a demonstrated interest in pursuing publication and grant opportunities. Facilities include multiple research-dedicated 3T MR scanners and a 7T full-bore MR scanner, as well as near-infrared spectroscopy and transcranial magnetic stimulation. Salary commensurate with experience. More information about our ongoing studies can be found on the web pages: http://snapl.stanford.edu

Applications:

To apply, follow the Application instructions for the T32 Program above. International candidates are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due by May 1st, 2014

Applications will continue to be accepted past the deadline, but will be subject to availability of alternate funding mechanisms – for thorough consideration, apply as soon as possible. 

Postdoctoral Fellowship and Research Associate Positions in Neuroimaging in Pain Research

Division of Pain Medicine
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine

Program Description:

Dr. Sean Mackey’s Systems Neuroscience and Pain Laboratory at Stanford University, in close collaboration with Dr. Gary Glover (Director of the Stanford Lucas Imaging Center) and Dr. James Gross (Psychology), is currently accepting applications for a postdoctoral research fellow and/or research associate to advance research on cognitive neuroscience and chronic pain using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of the human brain, brainstem and spinal cord. Additionally, the lab has had a growing focus in machine learning techniques applied to neuroimaging, psychophysics and genetics. While the primary application of this NIH P01 funded position is to support neuroimaging aspects of characterizing chronic pain and treatment effects, the candidate will be directly interacting with a large and growing group of interdisciplinary Stanford researchers involved with multiple studies involving acute and chronic pain including:  real-time fMRI control of brain activity, spinal cord fMRI, neuroimaging based pain biomarkers, pharmacologic fMRI, individual difference in pain and cognitive/affective dimensions of pain.

Qualifications:

Applicants should have (or anticipate having) a Ph.D. and research background in Cognitive Neuroscience, Neurophysiology, Neuropsychology, or related fields. Individuals with backgrounds in Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science or similar fields and a strong interest/background in Psychology and human neuroimaging are also encouraged to apply. Applicants should be experienced at designing and implementing cognitive neuroscience experiments. Preferences given to candidates who have experience with conducting fMRI studies, working with MRI scanners, processing MRI and fMRI datasets, and running neuroimaging data analysis using software packages, such as Matlab, SPM, FSL E-Prime, and AFNI. Applicants should also possess strong interpersonal skills and be able to work independently with minimal supervision.

The postdoctoral fellow will be responsible for conducting ongoing imaging projects, analyzing neuroimaging data, as well as planning and conducting future studies. Duties will also include manuscript preparation, and management of research assistants. The most successful applicants will have a demonstrated interest in pursuing publication and grant opportunities. Facilities include research-dedicated 1.5T, multiple 3T, and 7T full-bore MR scanners, as well as near-infrared spectroscopy and transcranial magnetic stimulation. Salary commensurate with experience. The Division also has an NIH T32 that allows the candidate to apply for independent funding if desired. More information about our ongoing studies can be found on the web pages: http://snapl.stanford.edu

Applications:

To apply, follow the Application instructions for the T32 Program above. International candidates are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due by May 1st, 2014

Applications will continue to be accepted past the deadline, but will be subject to availability of alternate funding mechanisms – for thorough consideration, apply as soon as possible.