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:

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

The Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics within the University of Florida’s College of Medicine invites applications for a tenure-track faculty at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. This position is part of a strategic hiring effort that will support the continued growth of the Department and our commitment to excellence. The successful applicant will join a collegial department with significant research strengths in the areas of neuropharmacology, muscle therapeutics, and immunopharmacology. Learn more and apply 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.

Faculty Diversity Initiative, Kinesiology Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison

The University of Wisconsin’s TOP Program enables academic departments to hire on exceptional faculty members who would greatly enhance the quality and diversity of the department. Dr. Bill Schrage is looking for a faculty member to join the Kinesiology Department. For more information on how to apply, visit: or contact Dr. Bill Schrage at:

To apply, follow the instructions below:

  1. Create a single PDF file that includes:
    • Dean’s cover memo stating support for the proposal at the school, college, or division level
    • The proposal
    • The candidate’s curriculum vitae
  2. Name the PDF file “CandidateLastName-SchoolCollegeDivision-DateSubmitted” (for example, Smith-Education-2022-09-13.pdf).
  3. Upload the file to Box
  4. Approximately every two weeks during the academic year, representatives from the Office of the Provost and the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement review proposals. If an urgent response is needed, upload the file to Box and request an expedited review by emailing

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:

Kristi Streeter Laboratory, Department of Physical Therapy, Marquette University

A postdoctoral research associate (or postdoctoral fellow) position is available in the Respiratory Neural Control Laboratory, directed by Kristi Streeter, PhD, in the Department of Physical Therapy. The focus of her 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. The major responsibility will be to perform in vivo neurophysiology experiments and help develop adeno-associated viral strategies to manipulate respiratory afferent activity. Studies will also utilize plethysmography, histology, and immunohistochemistry. Experience in data management, statistical analysis, and scientific writing is required. Apply here:

Fiona Bailey Lab, University of Arizona

A postdoctoral position in Cardiovascular and Respiratory physiology is available in the Department of
Physiology at the University of Arizona, Tucson in the laboratory of Professor E. Fiona Bailey. The applicant will work as part of a team on a 5-year NIH/NIA funded Clinical Trial focused on a high intensity, low volume respiratory strength training protocol to mitigate cardiovascular risk factors associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in adults 50+ years. They are looking for a candidate with a PhD or MD/PhD degree and a background in human subject research. A background in health-related science fields and with training in exercise physiology, cardiovascular, respiratory and/or sleep physiology would be advantageous.

Please send your completed application, including cover letter, CV, statement of motivation, list of publications,
and the names of two referees in a single PDF-file to:

Milap Sandhu, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Chicago

The Sensorimotor Plasticity Lab, run by Dr. Milap Sandhu, is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join their team and contribute to research projects centered around neuroplasticity, motor control, and rehabilitation in individuals with neurological deficits like spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis. In this position, the fellow will work on a variety of projects that utilize techniques such as electromyography (EMG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), functional electrical stimulation (FES), and clinical dynamometry. The postdoctoral fellow will work collaboratively with a diverse team consisting of engineers, therapists, physicians, and scientists to design, develop, execute, and implement scientific research. Please direct inquiries to Dr. Milap Sandhu 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:

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:; cc

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 ( 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 (

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:

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:

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).

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; and Dr. Teresa Lever (Department of Otolaryngology, University of Missouri, Columbia; Please email Dr. Nicole Nichols ( 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

Other Positions:

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: