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.

Open Faculty Positions:

Assistant Scientist, Department of Physiological Sciences, University of Florida

The Department of Physiological Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking to hire a full-time Assistant Scientist. Applicants must hold a PhD degree and should have 2 or more years of postdoctoral training. The successful candidate will work in the laboratory of Dr. Donald Bolser in the areas of neural control of breathing and airway protective behaviors. The individual will conduct integrative physiological experiments in an anesthetized feline model. Preferred experience includes: EMG placement experience with electrophysiological methods familiarity with brainstem reflexes, and pharmacological methods. Salary will be commensurate with the applicant’s qualifications and experience. Applications will be considered as they are received, but for full consideration, applicants should send a single PDF file containing a current curriculum vitae and the names of three references. Applications for requisition number 521860 and supporting documents must be submitted online at https://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/en-us/job/521860/assistant-scientist-in-physiological-sciences and sent electronically to Dr. Donald C. Bolser (bolser@ufl.edu) Search Committee Chair. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants from backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented in STEM fields are especially encouraged to apply.

Assistant Professor, Department of Physiological Sciences, University of Florida

The Department of Physiological Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine is seeking to hire an Assistant Professor for a 12-month, tenure track appointment.  Applicants must hold a PhD degree and should have postdoctoral training.  The successful candidate will be expected to establish an independent, externally-funded research program in the area of neural control of respiratory, autonomic or cardiovascular function. The individual will teach in the areas of cardiovascular or respiratory physiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine professional curriculum and in the graduate program in the Department of Physiological Sciences.  Strong preference will be given to candidates with teaching experience and with extramural research funding. Applicants with outstanding accomplishments in integrative biomedical research are strongly encouraged to apply. Interested applicants should send a single PDF file containing a current curriculum vitae, a three‐page statement that specifies research accomplishments, teaching background and future goals, and the names of three references, electronically to Dr. Donald C. Bolser (bolser@ufl.edu) Search Committee Chair. For more information, visit the website: https://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/en-us/job/520556/assistant-professor

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.


Open Postdoc Positions:

MBI Gator NeuroScholars Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Florida

Applications are now open for the McKnight Brain Institute’s new enhanced postdoctoral fellowship program: Gator NeuroScholars. This unique opportunity is intended to accelerate academic research careers in the neurosciences. Up to four postdoctoral associates will be awarded a highly competitive stipend ($60,000-65,000, plus benefits) for up to three years, with additional funds to support travel and computing needs. Support may also be available to offset special circumstances. In Year 2, Gator NeuroScholars will be eligible for up to $25,000 of research support to collect preliminary data for a career development application (e.g., K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award). Funding for the third year of support will be contingent upon submission of an application for extramural funding. Candidates will choose a mentor from any of the MBI research focus areas and potential mentors can be found by viewing the MBI Faculty Membership Directory. Applications must be submitted by July 31, 2022; click the apply now button below to access the Qualtrics submission form.

For more information about this fellowship or the application process, please contact the Gator NeuroScholars Program at neuro-scholars@ufl.edu. You may also contact program director Dr. Gordon Mitchell, preeminence professor of neuroscience, at gsmitche@ufl.edu and program co-director Dr. Jeremy McIntyre, assistant professor of neuroscience, at jmcin@ufl.edu.

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.

Leah Reznikov Laboratory, University of Florida

A postdoctoral associate position in the Reznikov Laboratory is available to study neural control of airway physiology and translation to rodent models of airway diseases (asthma, cystic fibrosis).  Experience in respiratory physiology or neurophysiology is beneficial. The respiratory physiology and neuroscience communities at UF are expansive in breadth and depth and offer a vibrant environment for learning and continued growth. 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: leahreznikov@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

Nicholas Jendzjowsky Laboratory, The Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation UCLA

Applications are invited for outstanding postdoctoral candidates to contribute to NIH-funded and University of California President’s Office Tobacco Related Disease Research Program research projects in The Jendzjowsky Lab investigating neuro-immune control of airway defense at The Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Fellowships will provide a research training experience designed to develop broad-based expertise in research in neuro-immune reflex regulation and respiratory physiology, and to develop the skills required for an independent research career.

The successful applicant will report directly to Dr. Nicholas Jendzjowsky working on the choice two of the following funded projects:

1) the role of neuroendocrine cells in innate and adaptive immunity;

2) neuroendocrine stem cell niche proliferation during allergy;

3) neuroendocrine stem cell niche proliferation during bacterial infection;

4) the role of neuroendocrine cell/ carotid bodies in the modulation of perinatal nicotine exposure induced asthma or;

5) the role of neuroendocrine cell/ carotid bodies in the modulation of perinatal nicotine exposure induced hypertension.

The primary duties will involve designing and executing experiments for projects focused on the neuro-immune sensing, tissue repair and regeneration and reflex implementation in response to fungi, bacteria or tobacco-poroducet/nicotine exposure. Minimum qualifications include: PhD in immunology, neuro-imunology,neuroscience, physiology, biomedical sciences or equivalent. Apply online at: https://phg.tbe.taleo.net/phg03/ats/careers/v2/viewRequisition?org=LABIOMED&cws=46&rid=1711 or email Dr. Nicholas Jendzjowsky at: nicholas.jendzjowsky@lundquist.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).

Raghu Sinha Laboratory, Penn State University College of Medicine

A postdoctoral research position is immediately available in the Penn State Center for Research on Tobacco and Health and Department of Public Health Sciences within the Penn State University College of Medicine in Hershey, PA.  The position focuses on the impact of oxidants derived from cigarette smoke and electronic cigarette aerosols on pulmonary health and the development of COPD.  The postdoctoral fellow will conduct laboratory research as well as animal model exposure studies evaluating the impact of tobacco related exposures on biological markers of lung injury, oxidative stress, inflammation with special emphasis on epithelial biology and pulmonary physiology.  To apply, please include a CV and cover letter and contact information of three references.
For more information, visit the website: https://psu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/PSU_Academic/job/College-of-Medicine/Postdoctoral-Scholar_REQ_0000008029-1)

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.

Dan Mulkey Laboratory, University of Connecticut

The laboratory of Dr. Dan Mulkey in the Department of Physiology and Neurobiology at the University of Connecticut, Storrs is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to explore the cellular and molecular basis of neuronal excitability in brainstem regions associated with respiratory control.  Our studies use a combination of electrophysiology, fluorescent microscopy, and genetic approaches to identify cellular/molecular mechanisms contributing to control of breathing in health and disease.  Highly motivated individuals holding a Ph.D. and a strong background in cellular neuroscience are encouraged to apply.  For more details feel free to email Dr. Mulkey at Daniel.mulkey@uconn.edu.  Please apply online at https://jobs.hr.uconn.edu/cw/en-us/job/495849/postdoctoral-research-associate

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.

Angelo Lepore Laboratory, Thomas Jefferson University

An NIH-funded post-doctoral fellowship position in the Spinal Cord Repair Laboratory of Angelo Lepore is available immediately for an individual with interest in examining the pathogenesis and treatment of spinal cord injury (SCI) in animal models. Our lab is in the Department of Neuroscience at Thomas Jefferson University and has a strong in vivo emphasis, and include examining: (1) regeneration and synaptic reconnectivity of respiratory neural circuitry after SCI; (2) role of astrocytes in SCI pathogenesis and repair; (3) cellular mechanisms underlying chronic neuropathic pain induced by SCI; (4) role played by synaptic molecules in both adaptive and maladaptive circuit plasticity post-SCI; (5) cell transplantation into SCI animal models. We are looking for an independent, motivated and enthusiastic post-doctoral fellow (or research associate) with experience in: writing manuscripts; animal models of SCI and/or other nervous system disease; progenitor cell biology and cell culture; animal surgery; transplantation; viral vectors; behavioral and physiological testing; histology and microscopy; molecular biology and basic biochemistry. Interested applicants are invited to submit curriculum vitae, statement of research experience and interests, and contact information for three references to Angelo Lepore: angelo.lepore@jefferson.edu. Lab website: https://research.jefferson.edu/labs/researcher/lepore-laboratory.html

Dr. Gilles Fortin at the Institut de Biologie de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure (IBENS) and Dr. Valentina Emiliani at the Institut de la Vision (IdV).

We are looking for a postdoctoral fellow to join a multidisciplinary (neurobiology/physics) project led by Dr. Gilles Fortin at the Institut de Biologie de l’Ecole Normale Supérieure (IBENS) in collaboration with Dr. Valentina Emiliani at the Institut de la Vision (IdV), two nearby research institutes in central Paris, France. The project, relevant to motor system neuroscience, aims to perform all optical high throughput connectivity mapping of the respiratory rhythm generator. Contact Dr. Fortin at: gilles.fortin@bio.ens.psl.eu

Rebecca German Laboratory, NEOMED

An NIH funded postdoctoral position is available for the project, “The effect of sensory intervention on swallowing and respiration through neurological maturation in preterm infants”. This is an experimental, animal-based study, addressing hypotheses of both biomedical and basic science relevance in an animal model of infant feeding and swallowing. A background in biomechanics, speech language pathology, or experimental organismal level physiology is appropriate. The big question in this project is: how does development impact the coordination between feeding and respiration, in term and preterm infants? I am interested in a trainee who wants to learn experimental techniques (EMG, sonomicrometry, videoflurograpy, and XROMM system -bi-planar videoradiography). Finished PhD degree is required prior to start, from a related field in organismic or evolutionary biology.  Positions are available to start immediately! NEOMED has a vibrant community of organismic scientists examining different aspects of evolution and functional morphology. Departmental information at: https://www.neomed.edu/medicine/an/. Contact Dr. Rebecca German at: rgerman@neomed.edu

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.