Post Doctoral Researcher - Department of Biology

  • Duquesne University
  • Pittsburgh, PA, USA
  • Jun 03, 2021
Full time Biology/Biotechnology/Life Sciences Chemistry Engineering & Applied Sciences Medicine & Dentistry Veterinary Medicine & Sciences

Job Description



The Post-Doctoral Research Associate with PhD in biological sciences, chemistry, chemical engineering or related experience will be for fundamental research on pain in rodents. Prior experience with rodent sciatic nerve chronic constriction and/or transection surgery combined with relevant behavioral studies is preferred. The position requires participation in administrative duties related to proposed project: formatting and preparation of reports on data, management of laboratory supplies and workflow.  Data analysis and manuscript preparation experience is preferred.


Works with rodent experimental animals in surgical and behavioral studies.

Assesses tissue recovered from experimental animals and analyze by immunohistochemical (IHC) staining combined with conventional and confocal epi-fluorescence microscopy.  Additional studies on the tissue transcriptome will include qPCR and RNAseq approaches. 

Performs computational and statistical analysis of IHC and transcriptome data.

Prepares scientific reports and contribute to scientific manuscripts and presentations related to the project.

Supports graduate and undergraduate students in their research related to the assigned project.

Preferred and Required Qualifications


Ph.D. in neuroscience, pharmacology, biology, physiology or equivalent field. Equivalent experience or alternative degrees, i.e., DVM can be appropriate.  Knowledge in pain/neuroinflammation/behavior a plus. 

Prior experience with handling/surgery of rodents is preferred.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities preferred for this position can include:

Displays leadership skills in the lab and serves as a role model for junior colleagues (graduate and undergraduate students).

Ability to perform animal surgery, animal behavioral analysis and statistical comparison of data.

Ability to perform tissue recovery and preparation for IHC and/or RNA Transcriptome analysis.
Ability to collect data in analytical studies.

Ability to communicate clearly in writing and verbally.  

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the University Community.

Willingness to contribute actively to the University Mission and to respect the Spiritan Catholic identity of Duquesne University.  The Mission is implemented through a commitment to academic excellence, a spirit of service, moral and spiritual values, sensitivity to world concerns, and an ecumenical campus community.


Application Details


Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Catholic in its mission and ecumenical in spirit, Duquesne University values equality of opportunity as an educational institution and as an employer. We aspire to attract and sustain a diverse faculty and staff that reflects contemporary society, serves our academic goals and enriches our campus community. We particularly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and support dual-career couples through our charter membership in this region's HERC (

We invite applicants for this position to learn more about our university and its Spiritan heritage by visiting Those invited to campus for an interview may be asked about ways in which they see their talents contributing to the continued growth of our community and furthering its mission.

Duquesne University was founded in 1878 by its sponsoring religious community, the Congregation of the Holy Spirit. Duquesne University is Catholic in mission and ecumenical in spirit. Motivated by its Catholic identity, Duquesne values equality of opportunity both as an educational institution and as an employer.

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Application Deadline

Priority will be given to applications immediately.