Welcome to Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research!

Our goal is to further the understand of sensory processes through scientific interaction and collaboration.

Available PCPR Job Positions:

The Kolber Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences and Chronic Pain Research Consortium at Duquesne University is soliciting applications for a full-time postdoctoral associate with training in electrophysiology (extracellular recording or related), behavior, optogenetics, and physiology.  Send CV to Ben Kolber via kolberb@duq.edu.

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Exciting opportunity for a motivated Postdoc to join the Seal lab to identify the neural circuitry underlying persistent pain and to develop novel therapeutics.

The successful candidate will perform in vivo calcium imaging and optogenetic/ chemogenetic analysis to identify populations of brain, spinal cord and primary sensory neurons required for persistent pain. Patch clamp electrophysiology with channelrhodopsin stimulation and viral monosynaptic tracing will be used to map synaptic connectivity within these circuits and identify pain mechanisms. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to develop novel therapeutics related to this work.

The Seal laboratory is in the Department of Neurobiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and is affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute, the Pittsburgh Center for Pain Research, and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition. The successful candidate will have many opportunities to interact with faculty, postdocs and graduate students within these associated groups and across the university as well as present work at local and international scientific meetings (e.g. Society for Neuroscience, American Pain Society, International Association for the Study of Pain).

As a member of the Seal laboratory, you will be part of a culture that values hard work, intellectual curiosity, innovative thinking, teamwork and professional development.

Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Physiology or equivalent with 0-3 years postdoc experience. Expertise in patch clamp electrophysiology preferred.

Please send your CV with the names and contact info for three references to Dr. Rebecca Seal, rpseal@pitt.edu

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What to look forward to:



Kathy Albers
Epithelial-neuronal communication
Brian Davis
Visceral Pain

Michael Gold
Peripheral mechanisms of pain

Howard Gutstein
Opioids and pain

Rick Koerber
Somatosensory information processing following injury
Benedict Kolber

Brain interaction of pain and stress

Sarah Ross
Neural circuits of itch and pain

Rebecca Seal
Neural circuits underlying touch and pain
Brad Taylor
Neurobiology and Pharmacology of Chronic Pain