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Postdoctoral Fellow, Pharmacology and Physiology
Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, Missouri
Date Posted 05/04/2022
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Who is Saint Louis University? Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious Catholic universities. SLU, which also has a campus in Madrid, Spain, is recognized for world-class academics, life-changing research, compassionate health care, and a strong commitment to faith and service.

All About You

Job Duties:

The laboratory of Dr. Salvemini in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology at Saint Louis University, School of Medicine is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to join a vibrant highly collaborative and dynamic NIH-funded laboratory that performs cutting edge pain research. The lab interfaces with many of the basic science labs and clinical programs at Saint Louis University to provide a rich experience in the context of translational pain research.

The laboratory integrates behavioral pharmacology, molecular genetics, biochemistry and drug discovery measures to understand molecular pathways involved in the development of neuropathic pain. We are also interested in investigating the interactions between chronic neuropathic pain states and comorbidities, such as cognitive dysfunction, depression and anxiety. The lab has access to the many core facilities at Saint Louis University (www.slu.edu/medicine/research/cores-labs) and to cutting edge medical and biotechnology throughout the St. Louis region. Our basic-science driven approach has led to the identification of several pathways and novel targets that are enabling the development of new pharmacological strategies for therapeutic intervention. Translating our discoveries to the clinic is a key mission of our work.

A position is now open for a postdoctoral fellow to work on an NIH-funded RO1 to study a novel target and molecular pathway related to mechanisms involved in migraine, other migraine-related headaches, and their comorbidities. The postdoctoral fellow will also be able to interact with members of multiple departments within the Henry and Amelia Nasrallah Center for Neuroscience (www.slu.edu/research/center-for-neuroscience) and the Saint Louis University Drug Discovery and Development Group (www.slu.edu/research/drug-discovery ).

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in neuroscience, immunology, biology or related biomedical science field, have excellent communication skills and possess the ability to work both independently as well as with a multi-departmental collaborators and specialized core facilities.  A background in migraine or pain is desired, with experience in animal handling, behavioral testing, cell culture, molecular biology techniques (CRISPR and RNAseq), immunohistochemistry/immunofluorescence processing, imaging and analysis, electrophysiology, calcium imaging, and/or flow cytometry highly desirable.

Vaccine Protocol

Saint Louis University requires COVID-19 vaccinations and a booster dose  for all students, staff, and faculty who are physically present on our St. Louis campuses. As a prospective and/or a new employee at Saint Louis University, you will be/are required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination is required before the start of employment in order to work at Saint Louis University. If you are not vaccinated, you are required to begin the vaccination process at the time of your first day of employment and submit proof of full vaccination within 30 days of your start date. Exemptions may be granted on the grounds of religious beliefs or medical circumstances. Failure to comply with the vaccine requirement within 30 days of an employee’s start date will result in termination of the employment.  Proof of vaccine will be submitted through an online portal made available to you during your Workday onboarding tasks.

The University will require all students, faculty and staff to obtain a booster vaccine dose prior to their start date, This applies to:

·         All adults over the age of 18 years who completed their vaccine series with Pfizer or Moderna at least 6 months ago.  

·         Those who received the J&J vaccine at least two months ago. 

Applicants must include: 1) a cover letter; 2) a resume/curriculum vitae.  You can upload these items on the third page "My experience" under the header "Resume or CV/Cover Letter and/or additional documents listed as a requirement in the job posting"


Medical Research Primary Appointment 12 mo.

Scheduled Weekly Hours:


Saint Louis University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for the position applied for without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, gender identity, or other non-merit factors. We welcome and encourage applications from minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities (including disabled veterans). If accommodations are needed for completing the application and/or with the interviewing process, please contact Human Resources at 314-977-5847.

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