CoBAD Opportunities Board

The CoBAD Opportunities Board features regularly updated faculty and postdoctoral positions that are of particular interest to the Control of Breathing & Airway Defense community. Please contact the specified PIs directly for further information. Contact the BREATHE Team ( if you would like to add/remove positions from this board.

Faculty Positions:

Scientist/Sr Scientist, Research Physiology, Calico Life Sciences, LLC

Calico Life Sciences, LLC is seeking an outstanding and innovative scientist to join their Research Physiology group. The Research Physiology group is responsible for in vivo basic research and developing animal models and adapting technologies to study aging and aging-related diseases. Research will be conducted in close collaboration with their Principal Investigator-led research labs whose interests span across biological systems, including the respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous, and immune systems. This position requires extensive hands-on experience in in vivo physiology in rodents and the willingness and flexibility to collaborate with others on different projects at the same time. Candidates with experience with multiple experimental approaches and/or organ systems are particularly encouraged to apply. Find the full job listing and apply here: Contact Dr. Andy Chang with any questions at:

Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Communication Sciences &Disorders, Northwestern University

The Roxelyn and Richard Pepper Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University is searching for a full-time clinical research speech-language pathologist to join a dynamic team of clinicians and faculty as an Assistant Clinical Professor. The successful applicant will be responsible for the management and execution of daily operations related to clinical research conducted within the Swallowing Cross-System Collaborative (SCSC) lab under the leadership of Dr. Bonnie Martin-Harris. Duties of the position will primarily take place at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on Northwestern’s downtown Chicago medical campus within the Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery and Movement Disorders clinics with routine engagement with the CSD faculty and SCSC lab on the Evanston campus. This exciting position will provide unique opportunities for skill development and career advancement. Check out the job posting and apply here: Contact Dr. Bonnie Martin Harris for more information at

Assistant/Associate Professor, Department of Neuroscience, University of Florida

The Department of Neuroscience at the University of Florida (UF) invites applications for multiple open-rank, tenure-track faculty positions. The successful candidate will be positioned to develop an innovative research program that complements or expands existing strengths in neurodegeneration, neuroinflammation, cognitive and psychiatric vulnerabilities across the lifespan, traumatic brain injury, and neurovascular diseases. UF is committed being on the leading edge of research and development in artificial intelligence and neuroscience researchers who can interface with, and contribute to, this initiative are particularly encouraged to apply. We seek highly collaborative colleagues, who will conduct outstanding, extramurally supported research, and who are excited to contribute to our growing training programs. Learn more and apply at:

Assistant Scientist, Biomedical Engineering, University of Miami

Dr. Patrick Ganzer’s lab is seeking a highly motivated and creative Assistant Scientist to join the NIH-funded Bioelectronic Medicines laboratory (located at the University of Miami; co-affiliated with The Miami Project To Cure Paralysis & the Department of Biomedical Engineering). The position is for at least 5 years and is expected to be a long-term role with room for advancement (e.g., Assistant Scientist -> Associate Scientist -> Scientist).

  • The laboratory leverages preclinical facilities at The Miami Project To Cure Paralysis, as well as cutting edge clinical facilities at the new Lynn Rehab Center.
  • Dr. Ganzer’s teams have published their neural engineering work in several high impact journals such as Cell, eLife, Nature Human Behavior, Stroke, Nature Communications, Brain Stimulation, and Science Advances.
  • The main project for the candidate will be assessing new applications of closed-loop nerve stimulation for treating disease & dysfunction (similar research: [1 & 2]). The research will involve preclinical and / or clinical experiments.

Please contact Dr. Ganzer if interested (

Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology, University of Alberta

The Department of Physiology, in partnership with the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute and the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry (FoMD) at the University of Alberta invites applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) position in developmental neuroscience.

Researchers whose work in developmental neuroscience will complement and enhance existing research strengths in the Department and partner institutes are especially encouraged to apply. This could include, but is not limited to, research that combines innovative model systems (cell/organ culture; organoids; animal models in vivo and in vitro) with cutting-edge approaches (e.g., electrophysiology, neurophotonics, opto- and chemogenetics) to advance mechanistic understanding (at the genetic, molecular, cellular, or organismal levels) of nervous system development in health and/or disease. This position is part of a cohort hire underway in the basic science departments of the FoMD to recruit a total of five tenure-track assistant professors. Find out more and apply here:

Please direct informal enquiries to Dr. Greg Funk at Applications will be reviewed starting April 11th but the position will remain open until filled.

Department of Physiology, Medical College of Wisconsin

The Department of Physiology and the Center for Systems Molecular Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin are seeking one or more tenure track faculty members. Preference will be given to candidates who develop, apply, or incorporate molecular systems approaches, such as genome-scale molecular analysis and computational integration to study human subjects and/or model systems with strong relevance to human biology and disease. Applicants should submit a cover letter, complete CV, summary of research accomplishments and research goals (up to 3 pages), and names and contact information of three references to: Please direct any questions to Curt D. Sigmund, PhD, Department Chair (, or Mingyu Liang, MB, PhD, Department Vice-Chair for Interdisciplinary and Translational Research and Center Director (

Medical Director, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine, University of Florida

The University of Florida Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine is seeking applicants for its Sleep Medicine Section Chief & Medical Director. Rank and tenure status will be commensurate with qualifications. Under the direction of the Chief & Medical Director, UF Health operates the 12 bed UF Health Sleep Center that is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). Our multidisciplinary approach to these disorders includes faculty from Neurology, Pulmonary Medicine, Pediatric Pulmonary, Otolaryngology, and Clinical Psychology. The Section Chief & Medical Director will be the key clinical, strategic, and operational leader for the ongoing operations and development of these services. Qualified candidates will be experienced Sleep Medicine physicians with demonstrated leadership experience and academic productivity. The Sleep Center has a long history of conducting clinical research so an interest and track record in clinical/translational research is highly preferred. UF Health is the Southeast’s most comprehensive academic health center and part of one of the nation’s Top 10 public universities, unique for our diverse constellation of health colleges, centers and institutes, hospitals, faculty practices, and patient care programs. University employment benefits include 403(b) plan, 457 plan, individual and family health insurance, own occ disability insurance, domestic partner benefits, sovereign immunity malpractice status, Baby Gator childcare eligibility available on-site, and others. The Gainesville area has superb weather, inexpensive living, nationally ranked schools, and multiple year around recreational opportunities. Foreign national candidates whose employment conditions meet federal and University requirements under an immigrant classification are eligible to apply. Please email Chief/Med Director Dr. Richard Berry ( for more information.

Postdoc Positions:

Ramon Sun Laboratory, University of Florida

The Sun laboratory at the University of Florida’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, in collaboration with the UF Neuroscience Institute and the McKnight Brain Institute, is seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral fellow. This unique position offers an opportunity to delve into the metabolic etiologies of brain aging and neurodegeneration, leveraging both mouse models and human biological samples. The lab is at the forefront of exploring the complex interactions within cellular metabolism that contribute to chronic and acute diseases. The selected candidate will be involved in pioneering research employing cutting-edge spatial technologies, including MALDI imaging and MRI, to dissect the intricate metabolic changes occurring in the brain during aging and in neurodegenerative conditions. Please contact Dr. Sun with any questions ( and apply at:

Barbara Smith Laboratory, University of Florida

The research team led by Dr. Barbara Smith at the University of Florida seeks a Postdoctoral Associate for a funded clinical study investigating therapeutic approaches to improve breathing and airway protection behaviors in patients with neuromuscular disease. This position will involve work in a research team and direct engagement with patients; those seeking to enhance their experience in clinical trials are encouraged to apply. A background in exercise physiology or rehabilitation and experience in multichannel EMG signal processing are helpful but not required. Please contact Barbara Smith at for further information.

Jack Feldman Laboratory, UCLA
With considerable renewed long term funding, we have several postdoctoral positions available to study basic mechanisms of breathing rhythm and pattern (Ashhad S, et al. Ann. Rev. Neuro 2022: 45:223–47), as well as the interaction of breathing and emotion (Lavretsky H, Feldman JL. 2021 Global Advances in Health and Medicine 10: 1-4). We have a track record of major contributions to understanding neural generation of breathing, and our broad range of projects has potential to produce extraordinary further significant advances. Contact Jack Feldman at Contact Jack Feldman at

Adrienn Varga Laboratory, University of Florida

Postdoctoral positions are available in the recently established Varga lab at the University of Florida to define the neural circuitry underlying the state-dependent control of breathing. The lab uses mouse models to interrogate the synaptic, cellular, and circuit-level neural interactions that drive state-dependent changes in behavior, focusing on central respiratory nuclei. Ongoing NIH-supported projects in this realm include investigations into 1) the neural mechanisms of opioid-induced respiratory depression in pontine circuits in vivo 2) circuit organization and synaptic mechanisms of locus coeruleus control of downstream respiratory nuclei, 3) the state-dependent modulation of breathing by locus coeruleus and parabrachial/Kolliker-Fuse nucleus.Other foundation-supported and collaborative ongoing work in the lab related to the above projects are projects on respiratory dysfunction in Dementia with Lewy Body, and somatosensory control of breathing. Please contact Dr. Adrienn Varga at (

Erica Dale Laboratory, University of Florida

The Dale Lab is recruiting for a postdoctoral associate to investigate neuromodulation strategies (spinal stimulation) to restore breathing after spinal cord injury. The focus of this project concerns mechanisms of stimulation-induced spinal plasticity. Experience with in vivo electrophysiology, EMG recording/interpretation, and/or rodent surgery are all beneficial but not required. This position is flexible in terms of visa status. Please send CV to Dr. Dale at

Ashley Smuder Lab, University of Florida

The Molecular Cardiology and Myology Laboratory, led by Dr. Ashley Smuder, has an opening for a full-time postdoc. The position is supported by NIH funding to study diaphragm muscle weakness following cervical spinal cord injury. To apply, send a CV or NIH biosketch, a one-page cover letter detailing research experience & goals, and email addresses of three references to Dr. Smuder (

Brendan Dougherty Respiratory Physiology and Neuroplasticity Laboratory at the University of Minnesota Medical School

Dr. Brendan Dougherty, Principle Investigator of the Respiratory Physiology and Neuroplasticity Laboratory at the University of Minnesota Medical School, has an immediate opening for an NIH R01‐supported Post‐Doctoral Associate position. The research will focus on sex hormone influence on respiratory function and the expression of respiratory neuroplasticity across the lifespan, and/or in models of traumatic spinal cord injury. The laboratory is housed in the Divisions of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science, within the Department of
Rehabilitation Medicine.

The position will remain open until filled. Search for Job Posting 354110 and apply at:‐job. Contact Dr. Dougherty if you have any questions at:

Russell Ray Laboratory, Baylor College of Medicine

Multiple NIH funded post-doctoral fellowships are available in the Ray lab ( in the following areas:

1) Functionally mapping the organization of the central noradrenergic system in regulating cardio-respiratory function and its potential overlapping role in affective regulation using state of the art genetic engineering approaches and cardio-respiratory measurement assays (See NIH grant R01HL130249).

2) Discovering genetic and environmental mechanisms in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome using novel highly automated, closed loop robotic approaches for cardio-respiratory measurements in neonate mice (See NIH grant R01HL161142).

3) Mapping sensory, sympathetic, and parasympathetic innervation of the joint and leveraging those maps to understand the role of proprioceptive input into the central respiratory network and its therapeutic potential (See NIH grant UC2 AR082200).

4) Leveraging the integrated stress response at the molecular level as a potential therapeutic avenue to restore respiratory and autonomic function in traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury (See NIH grant R01NS076708).

Applicants from diverse backgrounds and expertise are encouraged to apply. The Ray lab prides itself on providing a supportive and cooperative culture that offers a wide range of opportunities for growth and advancement. The Ray lab is located Department of Neuroscience at Baylor College of Medicine, all of which is situated in the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world. Houston is ranked as the most diverse city in the United States and offers a very competitive cost of living and high quality of life.

Please respond with a cover letter including a description of work experience, C.V., and contact information for two references to: Russell Ray, PhD. Email:

Kevin Yackle Laboratory, University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Kevin Yackle is looking to fill a postdoctoral position in the Physiology Department at University of California, San Francisco. Ongoing projects range from cellular and molecular mechanisms that pace breathing and how they are controlled by external input to the coordination of breathing with orofacial/upper airway behaviors like vocalization. Individuals should desire to work independently, use an array of classic and modern neuroscience techniques, and be enthusiastic to contribute to our lively lab culture. Contact Dr. Kevin Yackle at for more information.

University of Florida Breathing Research and Therapeutics Training Program

The BREATHE Training Program welcomes applications for predoctoral & postdoctoral fellows and other postdoc associates on a rolling basis. For a list of participating faculty, see: (tap the education and training tab).  Please contact Dr. Gordon Mitchell ( or Kate Casey-Sawicki (  for further information and/or direction to the specific laboratory that most interests you. Find out more about the program and apply at:

Dan Wesson Laboratory, University of Florida

Postdoctoral positions are available in the Wesson lab at the University of Florida to define neural circuitry underlying the regulation of breathing by both nasal sensation (olfactory, trigeminal) and cognitive and affective states (attention, emotional learning, reinforcement learning). Contact Dr. Dan Wesson at:

Nathan Baertsch Laboratory, Seattle Children’s Research Institute

The Baertsch Lab at the Seattle Children’s Research Institute is hiring a motivated post-doctoral scientist with interests in the cellular and network based mechanisms of respiratory control and rhythm generation. We utilize electrophysiological, pharmacological, optogenetic, and behavioral approaches in transgenic mice to better understand the specific functional roles of different brain regions and neuronal subtypes involved in breathing. Using this approach, we aim to unravel mechanisms that underlie the highly dynamic, yet robust, nature of breathing under normal conditions, and how these mechanisms can fail or adapt when challenged with e.g. chronic substance abuse, neurodegenerative disease, dysautonomia, and sleep apnea. The Baertsch laboratory is housed in the Seattle Children’s Research Institute Center for Integrative Brain Research, a highly collaborative environment for neuroscience research in a state-of-the-art facility. The most important aspect of this position is curiosity-driven science. The successful applicant will be expected to design, execute, and analyze experiments related to ongoing projects. Experience with rodent surgery, in vitro/in vivo electrophysiology, and/or transgenic mouse strategies is beneficial but not required. Initiative to learn new methods and to perform work efficiently and carefully are essential. Please send CV and letter of interest to

Andrei Krassioukov Laboratory, University of British Columbia

ICORD, in the UBC Faculty of Medicine, Vancouver Campus, is seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to join an established group of scientists and clinicians in the laboratory of Dr. Andrei Krassioukov for a two-year term (with possibility of extension), starting immediately. Dr. Krassioukov’s basic and clinical research has been focused on autonomic dysfunctions following SCI for more than 20 years. He has developed a multi-disciplinary laboratory that is internationally recognized for expertise in autonomic research. A position is open for a postdoctoral fellow with a PhD in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, or a related discipline, and a strong interest in neuroscience, cardiovascular and vascular biology. Interested candidates must be self-motivated and have at least two first-authored papers in peer-reviewed journals. Experience in spinal cord/peripheral nerve stimulation, experimental animal research, immunocytochemistry and/or histology is an asset. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to perform experiments to determine the neuronal and molecular mechanisms underlying cardiovascular and autonomic (i.e., bladder, bowel, sexual, and cardiovascular) dysfunction following spinal cord injury. This involves in vivo, ex vivo, and in vitro experiments along with extensive work involving rodent models of spinal cord injury. The fellow will also be expected to write scientific publications, apply for research funding, and present their work at institutional journal clubs and international conferences.

To apply, please send your CV, statement of research interests, any spinal cord-related publications and the names and contact information for three referees to Please include the following subject line in your email: Postdoctoral position (basic science research applicant) – (first and last name).

Other Positions:

David Berlowitz Laboratory, University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is seeking a Trial Coordinator to work with Dr. David Berlowitz, based at Austin Health and the Institute for Breathing and Sleep. This research team examines sleep and breathing dysfunction in neuromuscular disease across a range of disorders including spinal cord injury and motor neurone disease/amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Under the direction of Professor Berlowitz, the Trial Coordinator will be an integral part of the team driving a cutting-edge program of research investigating the restoration of respiratory and upper limb function following spinal cord injury. The successful candidate will be involved in trial management, participant recruitment, data collection, analysis and the preparation of publications and presentations. This position presents an opportunity to be at the forefront of innovative therapies that can make a difference to people living with spinal cord injuries. View the full job listing and apply here:

Leah Reznikov Laboratory, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida

The College of Veterinary Medicine is offering competitive block-grant awards to support new PhD students who start in Fall 2024. Each award will pay tuition, service fees and stipend at an annual base rate of $35,000 per year for four years.  Individuals interested in this opportunity and wishing to perform doctoral studies focused on airway-nervous system interactions in both health and disease are encouraged to contact Dr. Leah Reznikov (  Application are due by March 15, 2024.

Kristi Streeter Laboratory, Department of Physical Therapy, Marquette University

A research technician position is available is available in the Respiratory Neural Control Laboratory, directed by Kristi Streeter, PhD, in the Department of Physical Therapy. The focus of the lab is on the role of afferents in respiratory control, the mechanisms by which phrenic afferents induce respiratory motor plasticity, and the therapeutic potential of respiratory afferent activation after cervical spinal cord injury. Current studies utilize a multi-disciplinary approach including behavioral studies, neurophysiological preparations, and molecular techniques. Major responsibility will be to help perform plethysmography experiments, assist with adeno-associated viral strategies to manipulate respiratory afferent activity, perform spinal cord injuries, and perform histology/immunohistochemistry. In addition, the successful application will be expected to participate in general lab maintenance including ordering supplies; organizing and maintaining files and records; preparing solutions and reagents for experiments; etc. Apply here: