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 (breathe-training@phhp.ufl.edu) if you would like to add/remove positions from this board.

Faculty Positions:

Asst/Assoc Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Florida

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics invites applications and nominations for the newly created position of Assistant or Associate Professor within the University of Florida College of Medicine. Applications close on January 14, 2023. Apply here: https://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/en-us/job/524880/astaso-prof-department-of-pharmacology-and-therapeutics

Chair, Department of Physiological Sciences, University of Florida

The University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking nominations and applications for a multi-track Chair & Associate or Full Professor in the Department of Physiological Sciences. The Chair is the chief administrative officer for the department with overall responsibilities including (1) recruitment, mentoring and promotion of faculty, (2) management of departmental budgets, (3) coordination of departmental instructional activities in both the graduate and professional veterinary programs and (4) provision of strong leadership in research, teaching, and applicable service activities. In addition, the Chair is expected to serve as the primary departmental liaison with the scientific community in the UF Health Science Center, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, as well as other UF campus units and the state of Florida at large.

The new Chair will join and lead a dynamic group of faculty members with diverse research interests and expertise in animal models of disease, neuroscience, cardiopulmonary physiology, aquatic and environmental toxicology, reproduction/development, and bone biology. Find out more and apply at: https://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/en-us/job/524146/chair-asofull-prof

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: https://www.mcw.edu/departments/physiology/careers. Please direct any questions to Curt D. Sigmund, PhD, Department Chair (csigmund@mcw.edu), or Mingyu Liang, MB, PhD, Department Vice-Chair for Interdisciplinary and Translational Research and Center Director (mliang@mcw.edu).

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 (Richard.Berry@medicine.ufl.edu) for more information.


Postdoc Positions:

Chris Bailey Laboratory, Department of Life Sciences, University of Bath, UK 

Funding is available to join a project investigating interactions between benzodiazepine and opioid drugs and how they inhibit respiration. The role will involve using patch-clamp electrophysiological techniques in respiratory neurons in rodent brain slices. 

The post-doc will work in the World Heritage city of Bath, UK, and will collaborate with colleagues in the nearby University of Bristol who are performing complementary whole-animal and human research. Find out more and apply here: https://www.bath.ac.uk/jobs/Vacancy.aspx?ref=FM10125 

For informal enquiries, contact Chris Bailey at C.P.Bailey@bath.ac.uk. Closing date for applications is January 10th 2023

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 kevin.yackle@ucsf.edu for more information.

Ralph Fregosi Laboratory, Department of Physiology, University of Arizona

The Fregosi laboratory in the Department of Physiology is searching for a Postdoctoral Fellow to join their team of people working to improve our understanding of the neural control of breathing and swallowing. This work is designed to lay the foundation for the development of treatments for diseases such as obstructive sleep apnea and dysphagia. The postdoc chosen will be working as part of a team consisting of faculty investigators, research technicians, and graduate students on a new four-year National Institutes of Health R01 Award.  You will take the lead role on the award and enjoy a range of experiences associated with the study of the mechanisms underlying functional and structural diversity among brainstem motor neurons innervating different upper airway muscles. 

Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in the biomedical sciences, an M.D., or a DVM, and at least two manuscripts published in a peer-reviewed journal. Contact Dr. Ralph Fregosi at fregosi@u.arizona.edu 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. Currently, a new T32-funded postdoctoral slot is open for Spring 2023. Applications for this position are due by Jan 6, 2023. For a list of participating faculty, see: https://breathe.phhp.ufl.edu (tap the education and training tab).  Please contact Dr. Gordon Mitchell (gsmitche@ufl.edu) or Kate Casey-Sawicki (ksawicki@phhp.ufl.edu)  for further information and/or direction to the specific laboratory that most interests you. Find out more about the program and apply at: https://breathe.phhp.ufl.edu/training/

Gordon Mitchell Laboratory, University of Florida

Postdoctoral associate position in the Mitchell Laboratory to join studies concerning intracellular and intercellular mechanisms of intermittent hypoxia-induced phrenic motor plasticity and translation to rodent models of spinal cord injury and/or ALS.  Experience in respiratory physiology, neurophysiology, or cell biology are beneficial. To apply, please email a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests and career goals, and the names and contact information for at least 3 references to: gsmitche@phhp.ufl.edu; cc ksawicki@ufl.edu.

Emily Plowman Laboratory, University of Florida

Funding is currently available for a full-time postdoctoral research fellow to work under the mentorship of Dr. Emily Plowman  in the Aerodigestive Research core (www.arc.phhp.ufl.edu). Applicants should have compatible research interests with current ARC areas of study and have completed their Ph.D. in any areas that relates to swallowing, speech, respiration, AI, signals processing / engineering. Non-CSD / SLP applicants will be considered and are encouraged to apply. Interested scientists are encouraged to contact Dr. Plowman directly to discuss this opportunity (eplowman@ufl.edu).

David Fuller Laboratory, University of Florida

A post-doctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Dave Fuller at University of Florida.  We are an active group with an excellent record of helping post-docs achieve their career goals.  Current NIH funded projects are focused on 1) gene therapy approaches for respiratory neuromuscular disorders, 2) pharmacological and chemogenetic stimulation of respiratory neurons to promote respiratory motor recovery after spinal cord injury, and 3) therapeutic uses of hyperbaric oxygen following spinal cord injury.  If interested, Dr. Fuller would love to talk with you, and he can be reached at dfuller@phhp.ufl.edu

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: danielwesson@ufl.edu

Tony Babb Laboratory, Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine (IEEM)

A postdoctoral research fellowship is available to study dyspnea on exertion, exercise respiratory mechanics, and exercise capacity in children and adults with and without obesity, as well as in patients with heart failure and a preserved ejection fraction under the mentorship of Tony G. Babb, Ph.D. • Applicants should have a doctorate in exercise science, respiratory physiology, or a closely related discipline. A successful applicant should be a highly motivated researcher with a strong background in human systems/integrative physiology, a strong publication record, and excellent communication and laboratory skills. The Fellow will be expected to participate in experimental design; data collection, data analysis and interpretation; and preparation of oral and written scientific reports. The documented ability to conduct research studies in cardiorespiratory and exercise physiology is highly desirable. Contact Dr. Tony Babb at: DrTonyBabb@TexasHealth.org

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 nathan.baertsch@seattlechildrens.org.

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 krassioukov@icord.org. Please include the following subject line in your email: Postdoctoral position (basic science research applicant) – (first and last name).

Nicole Nichols & Teresa Lever Laboratories, University of Missouri

An NIH funded Postdoctoral Fellow position is available to study upper airway function and coordination in a neurodegenerative rodent model in the collaborative laboratories of Dr. Nicole Nichols (Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia; https://biomed.missouri.edu/nicole-l-nichols-phd/) and Dr. Teresa Lever (Department of Otolaryngology, University of Missouri, Columbia; https://medicine.missouri.edu/faculty/teresa-lever-phd). Please email Dr. Nicole Nichols (nicholsn@missouri.edu) for more information and how to apply.

Silvia Pagliardini Laboratory, University of Alberta, Canada

We are currently recruiting two post-doctoral fellows interested in working on the: i) network mechanisms of respiratory control in health and disease in rodent models (CIHR/NSERC funded); ii) modulatory effects of Cannabis on sleep and respiratory control (CIHR funded Team Grant – Pagliardini, Funk, Jackson, Dickson, and MacLean). The project investigates physiological changes associated with chronic and acute exposure of cannabinoids in rodents to systematically address their effects on neural development, brain dynamics and respiratory control across brain states. The successful candidates will work in a highly collaborative environment in the Dept of Physiology and the Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute at the University of Alberta. Experience with rodent sleep analysis, whole body plethysmography, stereotaxic surgery, optogenetics, sleep analysis, in vivo/in vitro electrophysiology is welcome. Please send CV and letter of interest to silviap@ualberta.ca.

Russel Ray Laboratory, Baylor College of Medicine

The Ray lab has three funded post-doc positions open at Baylor college of medicine  in the following three project areas.

1. COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 Postdoctoral Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine

An immediate opening for a privately funded post-doctoral fellowship to study the direct and indirect effects of SARS-CoV-2 infection on the nervous system. This position will head an effort to use a series of humanized conditional on/off hACE2 expressing mouse models engineered in the Ray lab that are able to either 1) direct SARS-CoV-2 infection to a specific organ or cell type while leaving the remaining mouse uninfected, or conversely; 2) protect a specific organ or cell type in background of a whole body systemic SARS-CoV-2 infection. Mouse models will be assayed for cardio-respiratory function using a novel BSL-3 cardio-respiratory and metabolic measurement system and for behavior in both acute and recovery phases of infection (i.e. Long COVID).

2. Respiratory Neurobiology Postdoctoral Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine

An immediate opening for an NIH post-doctoral fellowship (R01HL130249) to study brainstem respiratory circuits is available in the Ray lab at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas. The current focus in the laboratory is functionally mapping the organization of the central noradrenergic system in regulating cardio-respiratory function and its role in pathophysiologies ranging from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Rett Syndrome to Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy.

3. SIDS Genetic Screen Postdoctoral Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine

An immediate opening for an NIH post-doctoral fellowship (R01HL130249) to study genetic mechanisms in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. This position will head an effort to carry out a first of its kind genetic screen to identify genes that are required for neuro-developmental and cellular processes critical to protective neonate respiratory reflexes that may be perturbed in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other congenital respiratory pathophysiologies. To that end, we are in a unique position to leverage the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) Knockout Mouse Project-2 (KOMP2) effort to knock out or mutate and characterize every gene in the mouse genome. To screen KOMP2 mutants, we will utilize an array of novel and highly innovative closed loop feature detection robotic platforms for automated neonate cardio-respiratory measurements developed in our lab (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiOV1F6fnFA). Successful outcomes will uncover genetic, molecular, and cellular developmental processes critical to neonate cardio-respiratory function that may play a role in congenital pathophysiologies.

Please respond with a cover letter including a description of work experience, C.V., and contact information for two references to: Russell Ray, Ph.D. Email: russell.ray@bcm.edu.


Other Positions:

PhD Studentship, School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience, University of Bristol

This prestigious full-time PhD studentship is part of a multidisciplinary collaboration funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC-UK). The overall aim of this project is to understand how benzodiazepines and opioids interact to increase the likelihood of fatal overdose (both from a neuro-biological and drug-user perspective) so that we can help design new harm reduction interventions that could reduce the number of overdoses in the population.

This project is designed for an enthusiastic student with excellent organizational skills, a keen interest in understanding human disease, who enjoys working hard in a team with varied research backgrounds and can communicate their findings to different types of audiences. It is expected that the student would be a co-author on several research papers. This project is available for UK students. Please contact Dr. Ana Paula Abdala Sheikh for information about the project and how to apply (Ana.Abdala@bristol.ac.uk).