Spinal cord injury postdoctoral position, Yale, USA

A postdoctoral position is available in Dr William Cafferty’s laboratory in the Neurology department at the Yale School of Medicine to study the molecular mechanisms that underlie spontaneous recovery of function after spinal cord injury. Despite the absence of long distance axon regeneration of axotomized CNS neurons, a degree of spontaneous functional recovery is observed after SCI that is titrated by the level and extent of the injury. Plasticity of intact spinal and supra-spinal circuits are thought mediate functional recovery, however the anatomical pathways and molecular machinery that is engaged to promote functional plasticity remain unknown. To elucidate these pathways, the Cafferty lab uses in vivorodent SCI models, behavioural testing, chronic in vivo two photon structural and calcium imaging in brain and spinal cord, optogenetics, chemogenetics, cell biology and functional genomics. We are looking for candidates with experience in rodent SCI models and drive to answer challenging questions using myriad state of the art tools. Additionally, the candidate should have excellent written and oral communication skills and be highly motivated and adept at working within a team of enthusiastic investigators.

The Neurology department and the Yale School of Medicine has an exceptional spinal cord injury community which provides an outstanding scientific environment in which to train and collaborate. The position offers a competitive compensation and benefits package. Yale University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans and members of minority groups.

To apply, please email a current CV and contact information for 3 referees to edward.sperry@yale.edu titled ‘Cafferty lab Postdoc position’. The position will remain open until filled.