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Postdoctoral Scholar, Stroke and Neurobehavioral assessment - Neurology

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School / Campus / College: School of Medicine

Organization: Neurology

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar, Stroke and Neurobehavioral assessment - Neurology

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Position Description

Applicants are invited for a postdoctoral position at the University of Washington, School of Medicine in the area of stroke and neuroinflammation under the leadership of Dr. Jonathan Weinstein.  Dr. Weinstein is an academic clinician-scientist in the department of Neurology, with extensive clinical and research training and experience in the stroke research and neuroinflammation fields. Dr. Weinstein has assembled an outstanding multidisciplinary research team focusing on the effects of targeted pharmacologic agents on post stroke neuroinflammation and outcomes in rodents (mice and rats).  

The current position would be funded by Dr. Weinstein’s new R61 IGNITE award grant from NIH (  The project is a translational study to study the effects of repurposing a microglia-targeted potassium channel inhibitor called senicapoc, previously used clinically for hematologic disorders, on post stroke neurobehavioral and neuroinflammatory responses and outcomes.  The work for this post-doctoral position would be primarily dictated by the parameters of this award (i.e. milestones we need to achieve by end of year two of the award). Primary duties and expectations would include:

1) Extensive neurobehavioral assessments of rodents (mice and rats) post stroke as outlined in the R61 project.  Tests to be carried out in the UW Mouse Behavioral Lab (MBL) may include Barnes maze, Alternating Y- maze, novel object recognition, Noldus phenotyper and catwalk assessments.  We will have some guidance on these tests from the professional staff at the UW MBL, however, successful completion of these tasks will be the primary responsibility of this post-doctoral position.

2) Assistance in managing the translational aspects of the research program for the above mentioned R61 (i.e. coordinating with other lab staff the preparation of the pharmacologic agents, administration and monitoring of mice/rats post stroke, observational neuro scoring post stroke, etc….)

3) Assistance with post stroke assays for neuroinflammation on brain tissue from the stroked mice.

4) Opportunity to learn mouse/rat middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) stroke model from expert surgeon who is working with us on this project. 

5) Fellow in this position would be strongly encouraged to apply for mentored and/or semi-independent grant funding during first year of position.

Successful candidates will be expected to integrate well with our research team and pioneer facilitation of rodent experiments and neurobehavioral testing and neuroinflammation assays.  Solid expertise with rodent animal experiments is essential.  Experience specifically with rodent neurobehavioral assays would also be desired.

Eligible applicants should have a Ph.D. in neuroscience or a related field. Salary will be commensurate with research experience and based on the NIH guidelines for postdoctoral trainees. The University of Washington is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and training histories. This position is searching for an entry-level postdoctoral scholar, and will be given the title Post-doctoral Scholar. 

The anticipated start date is 11/1/21. This is an annually renewed (12 month service period) appointment.

Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.


Eligible applicants should have a Ph.D. in neuroscience or a related field, or a foreign equivalent. 


Applicants should upload a Cover, and CV.

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