Post-doc Positions

Posted on January 25th, 2021

Description: The Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Human Pain Genetics at McGill ( is seeking experienced and motivated applicants to conduct research in human pain imaging genomics. The applicant would work within a dynamic team of researchers with expertise in brain imaging and genetics on projects led by Drs. Mathieu RoyÉtienne Vachon-Presseau, and Luda Diatchenko. Our goal is to understand how genes and brain structure interact in pain chronicity and resilience from chronic pain. Research projects will leverage existing large data bases, such as the UK biobank (>20,000 patients with brain scans, genotyping, and more), as well as a CIHR-funded study on the effects of physical exercise intervention in chronic pain patients in Dr. Roy’s lab. McGill is a leading center in pain research (, brain imaging (, and genetics (, and the applicant will benefit from advanced training in all of these domains. Finally, Montreal is a vibrant university city that consistently ranks in the high top 10 of the best cities for students (

 Desired skills and experience:  

  • Ph.D. obtained or close to being obtained in a discipline related to brain imaging and/or genetics.
  • Must have good coding skills and capacity to work with large data bases
  • Must have excellent communication and technical writing skills (English).
  • Competitive applicants should have a record of first-authored publications in quality peer-reviewed journals.

 Hiring conditions: 

  • Salary is competitive and will correspond to qualification
  • One-year renewable position starting in 2021.

 How to apply:

  • Please send a CV and a short motivation letter to
  • Please provide a list of three references that we may contact by email

Posted on January 19th, 2021



The Human Pain Genetics lab, a part of the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain at McGill University, is a multi-disciplinary team that investigates the psychological, molecular, cellular and genetic pathways that mediate both acute and persistent pain states.

Professors Luda Diatchenko and Audrey Grant are jointly hiring one Postdoctoral Fellow. This research opportunity is focused on applied approaches directed towards chronic pain development, conditions featuring chronic pain, and pain sensitivity.


Design and execute research project in the area of identification of the molecular basis for the transition from acute to chronic pain, body site specificity vs. widespreadness across pain conditions, and pain sensitivity. Methodology employed includes classical and emerging statistical genomics analysis techniques.

Through supervision and advice given by Prof. Diatchenko and Prof. Grant, the candidate will develop a project using resources including:

  • Extensive clinical and genomic data from the UK Biobank, Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, CARTaGENE, the Orofacial Pain Prospective Evaluation and Risk Assessment Study (The OPPERA Study)
  • Other data.

Participate in discussions, planning, execution, and evaluation of projects together with other members of collaborating laboratories

Report research results and developments at laboratory meetings, scientific conferences, and in peer-reviewed scientific publications

Communicate research in scientific conferences


PhD in statistical or computational sciences or related disciplines.


  • Strong statistical genetics, computational biology or machine learning background;
  • Solid experience in at least one of the following programming languages or environments: R, Python;
  • Familiarity with Linux and shell scripts;
  • Familiarity with specialized software for genomic data analysis like PLINK or LDSC;
  • Fluent spoken and written English;
  • At least one English-language first-authored publication;
  • Capacity for independent research.


McGill University, The Human Pain Genetics lab, Genome Building, 740 Dr. Penfield, Montreal, QC, H3A 0G1

Prof. Luda Diatchenko ( or Prof. Audrey Grant (

Publiée le 21 Octobre 2020



The Human Pain Genetics lab, a part of the Alan Edwards Centre for Research on Pain at McGill University, is a multi-disciplinary team that investigates the psychological, molecular, cellular and genetic pathways that mediate both acute and persistent pain states. Our primary goal is to identify critical elements of human genetic variability contributing to pain sensitivity and pathophysiological pain states that will enable individualized treatments and therapies. We are currently looking for a postdoctorate fellow to join our diverse team to curry out the experiments aiming to study genetic mechanisms of the immune system’s contribution to pain state development and persistence. Under the supervision of Dr. Diatchenko and Dr. Mogil the fellow will:

Primary Duties:

Design and execute experiments to study the functional molecular biology of pain-relevant genes and pathways, including measuring transcript and protein expression, in vitro cellular functionality assays, and animal behavioral experiments.

Participate in discussions, planning, execution, and evaluation of animal experiments aimed to validate the results of in vitro-experiments together with other members of collaborating laboratories

Report research results and developments at laboratory meetings, scientific conferences, and in peer-reviewed scientific publications

Communicate research in scientific conferences


PhD in Immunology, Neuroimmunology or related disciplines

Experience in various cell and molecular biology techniques: nucleic acid extraction, RT-PCR, qPCR, RACE PCR, plasmid preparation and transfection, western blotting, immunohistochemistry

Skills to work with laboratory animals: mouse/rat handling, common injections, surgical procedures such as osmotic mini-pump implantations, intracerebral microinjections, previous experience on behavioral experiments


McGill University, The Human Pain Genetics lab, Genome Building, 740 Dr. Penfield, Montreal, QC, H3A 0G1


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Posted on October 14th, 2020



Hugo Massé-Alarie, professeur au Département de réadaptation de l’Université Laval est à la recherche d’un stagiaire postdoctoral pour travailler sur un projet de recherche sur le fonctionnement du cerveau chez les personnes qui souffrent de lombalgie chronique.


– Détenir un diplôme de doctorat (3e cycle);

– Détenir une expertise dans le traitement et l’analyse de données provenant de l’imagerie par résonance magnétique;

– Avoir une qualification dans le domaine de la réadaptation (par exemple, physiothérapie) et avoir une expérience clinique est un atout;

– Démontrer une très bonne maîtrise de la langue française et anglaise.


Régime d’emploi à temps complet.

Contrat d’un an, renouvelable

Rémunération basée sur la convention collective en vigueur à l’Université Laval.

Les candidats et les candidates sont invités à soumettre un curriculum vitae, une lettre de présentation de maximum 2 pages traitant des intérêts face à ce stage postdoctoral et des expériences pertinentes en lien avec celui-ci.

Le dossier de candidature doit être envoyé à Hugo Massé-Alarie à l’adresse courriel

Posted on October 10th, 2019



The laboratory of Dr. Laumet is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow interested in studying the recurrence of chronic pain in mouse models. We focus our investigations on neuroimmune interactions and epigenetic changes in the peripheral and central nervous system. Exciting preliminary data point to an interaction between cytokines and opioid receptors. The research project involves genome-wide gene expression and chromatin accessibility, pain behavior assays, transgenic mice, IHC, virus vectors, and cell-based approaches.

Candidates should have a PhD in neuroscience, molecular biology, or related biomedical science field. Experience in animal models of pain research is preferred. She/he has excellent communication skills and possesses the ability to work both independently as well as in a collaborative environment. The successful candidate should have documented success in research including publications in international journals on relevant topics. Compensation is dependent upon qualifications. The University provides a generous package of fringe benefits.

The postdoctoral fellow will be encouraged to present at national and international scientific conferences and to apply for funding. Duties include experimental design, data analysis, manuscript writing, performing rodent surgical procedures, behavioral testing, collection and preparation of samples and obtaining staining and molecular data.

The Department of Physiology is vibrant with engaged faculty, many graduate students, and postdocs. Multiple labs in the Department of Physiology pursue cutting-edge neuroscience research with molecular, cellular, circuit, optogenetics and behavioral foci providing the opportunity for collaboration.

Neurobiology of Chronic Pain Lab

MSU Neuroscience

Department of Physiology at MSU

Required Degree
Doctorate in neuroscience, molecular biology, or related field.

Minimum Requirements
Candidates should have a PhD in neuroscience, molecular biology, or related biomedical science field. Experience in animal models of pain research is preferred. She/he has excellent communication skills and possesses the ability to work both independently as well as in a collaborative environment.

The successful candidate should have documented success in research including publications in international journals on relevant topics.

Required Application Materials
Applicants should submit an application package that includes a cover letter and CV and contact information for three references.

Special Instructions
Please contact Dr. Laumet at for further information


Review of applications begins on November 29, 2019.


Summary of Health Risks
The position may work with live animals, human/animal tissue and/or blood, viruses/pathogens, biohazardous chemicals and materials, sharp implements, and radioactive materials depending on research conducted.

See website.


MSU Statement
Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.



Posted on October 4th, 2019




Position: Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Pediatric Pain Program, McGill Scoliosis and Spine Research Group
Area: Pain / Neurosciences / Orthopedics /Anesthesia / Pediatrics
Duration: 1 year, with possibility of renewal
Start date: November 2019

Job Description: A postdoctoral position in pediatric pain is currently available in the Department of Anesthesia, division of pediatrics, in the laboratory of Dr. Catherine Ferland. The postdoctoral position is available immediately, but the start date is flexible.

The lab is located at the Shriners Hospital for Children-Canada on the Glen campus of the McGill University Health Center. The research program in place involves a collaborative approach among health care providers (orthopedic surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses) and scientists to perform translational research in pediatric pain. Our group focuses on the clinical improvement of perioperative pain assessment. The lab uses complementary assessment methods including quantitative sensory testing, biomechanics, biochemistry and psychosocial measurements in order to better understand the development of chronic pain and the impact that persistent pain has on long-term recovery after surgery.

General Duties:

  • Performing sensory testing on patients seen at the clinics;
  • Maintaining a database;
  • Developing and applying statistical methods for analysis of clinical observational cohort studies;
  • Data analysis and interpretation;
  • Performing literature reviews;
  • Preparing presentations and drafting manuscripts
  • Supervise undergraduate students

Working Conditions:

Status: Full-time
Work shift: Mondays to Fridays, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm (35hr/week). Some flexibility may be required and must be available to work on Saturdays if needed.
Work Site: Shriners Hospital for Children-Canada


  • Bilingual (English/French);
  • Strong motivation to learn and collaborate;
  • Experience in clinical research preferable;
  • Strong quantitative research background in health biostatistics;
  • Statistical proficiency
  • D. level education in Biostatistics, Epidemiology or in a health-related field;
  • Work independently and on deadlines
  • Team-oriented
  • Good written and oral communication skills


To apply, please send a cover letter with a brief statement of research interests and interest in the position, CV, and contact information for three references to: Dr. Catherine Ferland,



Posted on May 27th, 2019





The research team in Sensorimotor rehabilitation & Pain of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation and Social Integration (CIRRIS, affiliated with Université Laval, Quebec City) is seeking candidates interested in pursuing a master’s, doctoral or post- doctoral training in the area of ​​pain and/or sensorimotor control.

For more information: Lab_Mercier_EN



Posted on October 25th, 2018

School of Physical and Occupational Therapy McGill University
3654 Promenade Sir-William-Osler Montreal, Quebec H3G 1Y5
(514) 398-4500
(514) 398-6360 (fax/télécopieur)



Location                                   McGill University, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy

Degree/Fellowship              MSc(Thesis), PhD or Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Rehabilitation Sciences

Supervisor                              Timothy Wideman, PT, PhD

Remuneration                       $20,000 to $35,000 / year for 1 to 3 years, depending on training


Overview of research program:

The overarching goal of Dr. Wideman’s research program is to improve the lives of people living with pain. Dr. Wideman’s lab works toward this goal by focusing on three streams of study. The first stream focuses on developing new tools and strategies to help physiotherapists and other rehabilitation professionals better understand and manage pain-related disability. These include measuring and targeting psychological and sensitizing factors that have been shown to influence treatment outcomes, but are not commonly addressed in current clinical practice. The second line of research focuses on using qualitative and mixed-methodologies to better characterize and address the subjective experience of pain. The third line of research focuses on using knowledge translation strategies to improve the quality and consistency of pain education for healthcare professionals.

Skills and attributes of ideal candidates:

  • Strong motivation to learn, collaborate and improve the lives of people living with pain
  • Competitive for external funding (e.g. High GPA and strong research potential)
  • Advanced communication, writing and analytic skills
  • Strong skillset in statistical analysis and/or qualitative methodology
  • Experience working with people in pain
  • Fluent in English, and ideally, French

Application details:

Applications are currently being considered and will be accepted until December 16th, 2018. Interested candidates are encouraged to send the following information to 1) Curriculum Vitae, 2) copy of all university transcripts (unofficial copies will be accepted), 3) one-page statement of interest. Applicants should be prepared to apply for fall 2019 admission to the School of Physical and Occupational Therapy graduate studies program (please see for details). Only applicants being considered for the position will be contacted.


Posted on June 11th, 2018




Postdoctoral Fellow Position(s) at Duke University in the Departments of Cell Biology/Neurobiology

Marc G. Caron’s Lab

Our laboratory studies the G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) that regulate brain dopamine signaling important to common neurological disorders such as depression, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, and drug abuse. The research utilizes cutting-edge biochemical, pharmacological, molecular-genetic, and behavioral approaches. The applicant will participate in investigations whose scope includes the following two related areas. (1) Determining how GPCRs like dopamine receptors maintain neurotransmitter homeostasis in the brain to control specific behaviors. This will be examined in animal models utilizing genetically modified mice. (2) Investigating the concept of GPCR biased signaling or functional selectivity as it relates to the therapeutics of neurological disease. This translational line of investigation will provide proof-of-concepts studies for developing pathway selective agents with better pharmacologic profiles and fewer side effects. A successful applicant will be exposed to these and other ongoing related research topics in the process of maintaining his/her own independent research project.  Our laboratory will also provide a wealth of biochemical, pharmacological, and/or physiological expertise to facilitate both your research and career development.  A recent Ph.D. degree in biological sciences (or equivalent) is required.  Candidates should have experience and or interest in neurobiology, pharmacology, receptor biology, signal transduction, or animal models of behavior.

Salary will be based on NIH guidelines.

Please send curriculum vitae and names of three references to:

Marc G. Caron PhD, e-mail: Phone (919) 684-5433) at Departments of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Box 3287, Durham, NC. 27710.

Duke University is an EEO/AA employer and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.



Posted on May 31th, 2018





Postdoctoral Positions in Pain and Migraine Research


Two postdoctoral positions are available in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Center at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. Dr. Yu-Qing Cao’s group is looking for highly motivated individuals interested in understanding the pathophysiology of migraine headache and exploring novel therapeutic targets. Ongoing projects focus on studying how changes of ion channel activities and neuroimmune interactions contribute to migraine generation and progression. We employ multidisciplinary approaches including electrophysiology, time-lapse imaging, anatomical tracing, single neuron profiling, mouse genetics, and behavioral assessment of pain. See here for more information.

The ideal candidates will be recent PhD graduates with demonstrable expertise in one of the following areas:

1. A solid training in patch-clamp electrophysiology and primary neuronal culture. Prior experience in ion channel characterization and/or time-lapse imaging will be appreciated.

2. Extensive experience in mouse handling, survival surgery, nociceptive behavioral assays, and immunohistochemistry.

3. A strong background in pain research using biochemistry, cell biology, and molecular biology approaches.

The successful candidates will join a large, dynamic, and internationally recognized neuroscience community, with ample opportunities for career development. The positions have an initial term of at least three years, and applications will be evaluated until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications, laboratory experience, and institutional guidelines.

Applicants interested in the positions should send their curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and career goals, along with contact information for three references, to:

Yu-Qing Cao, PhD
Associate Professor of Anesthesiology
Washington University School of Medicine

Washington University in St. Louis is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Posted on May 31th, 2018




Postdoctoral Position



A postdoctoral position is available immediately for a behavioral neuropharmacologist at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine in the laboratory of M. Imad Damaj. The candidate will study mechanisms underlying nicotine dependence and chronic pain.

The candidate will have the opportunity to integrate molecular, biochemical, genetic, and anatomical approaches in ongoing multidisciplinary projects to study mechanisms of nicotine dependence, pain, and neuropathy. The candidate will join a lab that utilizes interdisciplinary molecular, pharmacological, anatomical, and behavioral approaches in rodent models, in an environment that provides multidisciplinary training in neuropharmacology.

A PhD and/or MD and experience in neuropharmacology or basic neuroscience are essential. Experience in rodent operant behavior and surgery skills are required. The candidate must be a United States citizens or permanent resident. The candidate will be provided with significant training in those disciplines with which he or she is less familiar, as well as mentoring to facilitate the transition to an independent research career.

Interested individuals are encouraged to forward a curriculum vitae, a list of three references, and a statement of research interests and career goals to M. Imad Damaj, PhD, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Box 980613, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 23298, or via email to



Posted on May 10th, 2018




Postdoctoral Position Available to Investigate Alternatives to Prescription Opioids and novel cell biological underpinnings of opioid tolerance  

A postdoctoral position is available in the lab of Dr. Gintzler at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, located in Brooklyn, NYC. Research in the Gintzler lab is directed at identifying mechanisms that modulate endogenous opioid antinociception, key molecular components of which could serve as targets for stimulating endogenous opioid analgesia, eliminating or reducing the need for exogenous opioids. A parallel line of research investigates cell biological underpinnings of analgesic tolerance and opioid-induced hyperalgesia following chronic exposure to opioids. The successful candidate would be exposed to an interdisciplinary research approach that utilizes cell lines maintained in culture, ex vivoas well as in vivoCNS preparations, immunohistochemistry and behavioral analysis. See Liu, et al., J. Neuro Sci., 37: 11181-1119, 2017; Liu, et. al., Pain 158: 1903-1914, 2017; Chakrabarti, et al., J. Neurochem. 139: 737-747, 2016; Liu, et al., J. Neurosci. 31: 11836-45, 2011; Chakrabarti, et al., PNAS 107: 20115-20119, 2010. The successful candidate will have research experience in relevant neurobiology fields (e.g. molecular, cellular, or behavioral).

This position is NIH-funded, being in the first year of a 5-year NIDA award. Candidates are invited to submit their applications, complete with Curriculum Vitae, a brief statement of research interests, and the names and contact information of three references to



Posted on February 20th, 2018




Post-Doc Fellow

Post-Doc Fellow/School of Nursing 

The Department of Pain and Translational Symptom Science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore invites applications for a full-time Post-doctoral position to join Dr. Luana Colloca’s laboratory. Our research focuses on the mechanisms of placebo effects, pain genetics modulation. We combine approaches ranging from psychophysiology to brain mapping, from genetics to computational neuroscience exploring pain mechanisms in healthy subjects as well as patients suffering from chronic pain disorder. The successful applicant will be part of a vibrant research program focusing on the neurobiology of pain experience and pain modulatory systems. Collaboration with faculty in the department as well as with scientists/clinicians in other departments and the UMB Center for the Advancement of Chronic Pain Research (CACPR) is strongly encouraged.


The candidate should have a strong background in neuroscience and/or psychology with a record of successful publications in the field of pain, genetics brain mapping (EEG, and fMRI) and/or computational neuroscience. Preference will be given for applicants with the following experience: 1)familiarity with running pain fMRI studies; 2) analysis of fMRI and EEG data; and 3)Programming skills in Matlab and fMRI analysis software. Appointments and salary are commensurate with research experience and accomplishments following NIH guidelines. For consideration, please provide a cover letter, CV, statement of research and career objectives, and contact information for three references (all in one file).

Complete postdoctoral offer: Here



Posted on January 11th, 2018






Offre de stage postdoctoral

Domaine de recherche : Épidémiologie/Pharmacoépidémiologie de la douleur chronique

Lieu de la recherche : Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), Rouyn-Noranda, Québec, Canada

Description du stage : Le ou la stagiaire participera à la réalisation de divers projets de recherche subventionnés portant sur l’épidémiologie et/ou la pharmacoépidémiologie de la douleur chronique. Les projets seront choisis en tenant compte des compétences du ou de la stagiaire, ainsi que de l’état d’avancement de la programmation de recherche. À titre illustratif, voici quelques thèmes sur lesquels il serait possible de travailler :

  • Trajectoires de soins des patients souffrant de douleur chronique.
  • Usage, bénéfices et risques des médicaments pour le traitement de la douleur chronique.
  • Jumelage, validation et bonification de banques de données cliniques et administratives pour la recherche dans le domaine de la douleur chronique.

Exigences :

  • Détenir un doctorat dans le domaine de l’épidémiologie, de la recherche clinique ou dans une discipline connexe avec de l’expérience en épidémiologie et biostatistiques.
  • Posséder un excellent dossier académique.
  • Démontrer une grande rigueur, de l’autonomie, un bon sens de l’organisation et du leadership.
  • Excellente maitrise de l’anglais, tout particulièrement au niveau de la rédaction scientifique.
  • Le ou la candidat(e) devra commencer son stage postdoctoral en janvier 2018 (préférablement) ou au plus tard au printemps 2018.

Soutien financier : Bourse postdoctorale à temps plein

Durée : 12 mois

Pour déposer votre candidature

Envoyer un courriel/lettre de motivation, votre CV, vos relevés de notes de 2e-3e cycles et une lettre de recommandation de la part du professeur qui a dirigé votre thèse doctorale à :


Complete postdoctoral offer: Offre de stage postdoctoral