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Postdoctoral Scholar - Neurological Surgery - Spinal Cord Injury

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School / Campus / College: School of Medicine

Organization: Neurological Surgery

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar - Neurological Surgery - Spinal Cord Injury

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Position Description

Topics: Neural repair, Neural trauma, Spinal cord injury, Biomarker development, Neuroprotection, Ultrasound imaging

Applicants are invited to apply for a full time NIH-funded postdoctoral position at the University of Washington, School of Medicine in the area of spinal cord injury repair available in the Khaing lab.

Dr. Zin Khaing, a renowned neurobiologist with extensive experience in acute pathophysiology, cellular and systems neurobiology, and behavior analyses of experimental models of brain and spinal cord injury. The position is supported by a NIH grant-funded project examining the development of neuroprotective interventions, both surgical and pharmacological treatment types, following acute traumatic spinal cord injuries. To assess these interventions, we refine and utilize the state-of-the-art ultrasound techniques to develop early biomarkers to predict injury severity and functional recovery with high spatial and temporal resolution. Current efforts are focused on defining tissue risk for secondary injury following acute spinal cord injury. This is of crucial importance since all neuroprotective therapeutic interventions aim to rescue this tissue. We utilize various cutting edge techniques including rodent/pig SCI models, histology, fiber tract tracing, advanced imaging including ultrasound and MRI. We have also started initial efforts to translate this ultrasound-based technology to our patients. Our research team is highly interdisciplinary and we work closely with physicists and neurosurgeon.

Successful candidates will be expected to integrate well with our research team and pioneer facilitation of rodent experiments, behavioral testing, and acquisition of histology and ultrasound data. Solid expertise with rodent animal experiments is desired but not necessary and expertise in image analysis, signal processing, use of statistical models in Matlab would be beneficial.

Salary will be commensurate with research experience and based on the NIH guidelines for postdoctoral trainees. University of Washington is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer and we welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds and training histories.

This is an annually renewed (12 month service period) appointment. The anticipated start date is June 1,2022.

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. or foreign equivalent in neuroscience, bioengineering, or computer science, or a related field. This position is searching for an entry-level postdoctoral scholar with a maximum of 3 years of postdoctoral experience.


Please submit a CV, Cover Letter, letter of interest and 3 contract references for review.

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