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University of Utah Post Doctoral Fellow (E) in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 08/07/2019

Requisition Number PRN21579B

Job Title Post Doctoral Fellow (E)

Working Title Post Doctoral Fellow (E)

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Monday- Friday with occasional weekends as required for various projects

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00220 - Anesthesiology - Operations

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 50,000 or DOE

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Postdoctoral Research Scientist position is available at the University of Utah School of Medicine in the Department of Anesthesiology. We are inviting applications from potential candidates with a background in somatosensory or pain physiology to study the types of muscle sensory neurons that signal fatigue and pain. We are broadly interested in gaining a more detailed understanding of functional diversity across the full spectrum of small diameter muscle sensory neurons and how they behave during the performance of actual muscle work leading to fatigue. These studies are being carried out via real-time population imaging in a variety of mouse reporter lines, and in addition to determining the spectrum of functional diversity, we are examining the functional segregation of terminals across different muscle compartments, the molecular receptors responsible for conveying distinctive functional identities, and the contribution of novel muscle metabolites in sculpting the behavior of muscle afferent subpopulations. This position provides an excellent opportunity to forge a unique field an area of paramount clinical importance.


The candidate will be responsible for planning, designing, and carrying out in vivo imaging experiments that are related to the project, as well as analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data. During the first year in the laboratory the candidate may write individual postdoctoral fellowship applications to appropriate funding agencies.

Minimum Qualifications:

The interested applicant must have a PhD in neuroscience or related field with experience in somatosensory physiology, pain biology, and/or live-cell imaging. In addition, candidates must have the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in English both in writing as well as verbally, evidence of publishing in English scientific journals, and good interpersonal skills.

Minimum Qualifications


Experience and proficiency with mouse surgeries, pain research, in vivo imaging or electrophysiological recordings is preferred.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Special Instructions: Candidates should apply on-line to this position. Please include in the documents area:

1)Cover letter and personal statement that describes your scientific interest and research experience

2)A current CV

3)Reference list (at least 3)

If you have further questions, please email Dr. C. Jeffery Woodbury ( with “Postdoc Position” in the subject line.

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.