A postdoctoral position is available to work in the laboratory of Morika Williams (UNC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine) to study the behavioral and neurodevelopmental effects of pain. The research focus will be to establish and characterize animal models of pain using multiple in vivo and in vitro techniques to develop outcome measures, investigate the neural circuits and molecular mechanisms underlying pain, and assess therapeutic interventions. Research involves molecular biology, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, transcriptomics/RNA-Seq, histopathology, and behavioral studies with animal models.
Further department activities beyond the Williams Lab:
The three coequal missions of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine are to: 1) provide exceptional, comprehensive, clinically effective and cost effective pathology and laboratory medicine services to UNC HealthCare patients; 2) teach clinical and scientific concepts of pathology and laboratory medicine, and mechanisms of disease to a wide variety of learners, including medical students, postdoctoral residents, MD fellows, PhD graduate students, and undergraduate students; and 3) advance the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine, and the knowledge of diseases and disease mechanisms through innovative research spanning the spectrum from basic to translational to clinical.
The Department of Pathology and Lab Medicine performs anatomic and clinical diagnostic tests on both an inpatient and an outpatient basis, and performs autopsies, when requested by clinicians. The Department has a MD Residency Training Program in the Office of Graduate Medical Education. In the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department is responsible for the teaching of undergraduate level courses. In the Graduate School, the department has a graduate program in experimental pathology which offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.
This department is devoted to research in many diverse areas of expertise. Many of the research initiatives are nationally and internationally known, and the Chair is dedicated to further expansion of the breadth of the research endeavors. Most research is wholly managed and funded by contracts and grants within the Department.
Education and Experience:
Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: A strong background in molecular/cell biology is required. Research experience in neuroscience, computational biology, and animal models are desired. The successful applicant must have effective oral and written communication skills, good team spirit, and should be self-motivated, dedicated, adaptable and capable of multitasking. The applicant must be able to work in a collaborative research team environment.
Preferred Education and Experience: An interest in working with animal models of pain, producing and analyzing large datasets, and applying for fellowship funding are highly desirable.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
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