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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

We are currently seeking three highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Fellows to join our team at the Kentucky Spinal Cord Research Center and the Department of Neurological Surgery in collaboration with the Neuroscience Collaborative Center at Frazier Rehab Institute. The areas of research focus include animal and human models of sensorimotor control of spinal locomotor circuits, activity-dependent neural plasticity, and recovery of cardiovascular function after spinal cord injury.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in neuroscience, physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, rehabilitation medicine, bioengineering or other related sciences with an academic record of scientific excellence, independent research, and a strong interest in an interdisciplinary approach to the study of neural control of locomotion and activity-based rehabilitation in spinal cord injury. The applicant will have opportunities to collaborate and work in the basic and human research core facilities. The Kentucky Spinal Cord Research Center and the Neuroscience Collaborative Research Center have excellent core facilities and a vibrant, interactive and collaborative scientific environment with a strong commitment to translate research findings to the clinic.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vita, list of publications, and e-mail address and telephone of 3 references.


Susan Harkema, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Rehabilitation Research Director, Owsley B. Frazier Chair in Neurological Rehabilitation
Department of Neurological Surgery and Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center
University of Louisville
Frazier Rehab Institute
220 Abraham Flexner Way
Louisville, KY 40202
502-581-8747 fax: 502-585-0406




Location: Hetman laboratory, Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, University of Louisville, USA
Salary: commensurate with experience
Description: A position is available to investigate the mechanisms underlying neuronal death and survival.
Eligibility: Ph.D. or equivalent degree. Desired backgrounds include neurobiology and/or molecular biology (DNA repair, signal transduction or transcriptional regulation).
Contact: send curriculum vitae, publication list and names, e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers of 2-3 references as an attached file in Microsoft Word Rich Text Format to OR per regular mail to Dr. Michal Hetman, Kentucky Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, 511 S. Floyd Str., MDR Room 616, Louisville KY 40292. For more information about the Hetman lab, please visit the Hetman Lab website.

Postdoctoral Associate in Neurology

Postdoctoral Associate (0-3 yrs experience) position is available in the Department of Neurology, University of Louisville School of Medicine to study the immune and vascular mechanisms of neurodegeneration as well as test novel therapeutic strategies.  The candidate must have good interpersonal skills and enjoy working in an interdisciplinary research environment. Extensive experience in molecular and cell biology and immunoassay techniques as well as small animal handling and surgery is preferred.

The postdoctoral associate will perform basic laboratory experiments, manage our transgenic animal colonies, and assist with management of the Neurology tissue biorepository. The individual will be responsible for conducting, analyzing and interpreting results as well as communicating at various levels. They will mentor and train other individuals and students as needed. Candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent (M.D., D.V.M., etc.) in a relevant field and a strong record of productivity. Position is available immediately.

The University of Louisville is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

Please send CV/Inquiries to:


Ruolan Liu, M.D., Ph.D.                                                     Radhika A. Vaishnav, Ph.D.         

Assistant Professor                                                             Assistant Professor

Department of Neurology                                                   Department of Neurology

University of Louisville                                                       University of Louisville

502-852-7981                                                                       502-852-2230                                                                                


Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Advanced Optical Imaging

Positions for postdoctoral fellows are available for highly qualified individuals to work on neuroinflammatory and/or direct mechanisms of central myelinated fiber degeneration following spinal cord injury.  The applicants must have a demonstrated background in neuroinflammation and/or  trauma  and be familiar with microsurgery, live imaging (two photon microscopy experience is a strong asset), molecular and cellular techniques.  Applicants must have a PhD (preferably in the last 2 years) or about to obtain a PhD in a related field (e.g. Neuroscience, Immunology, Cancer), and be eligible or currently hold funding.

The Stirling Laboratory of Advanced Optical Imaging within KSCIRC utilizes "state of the art" nonlinear live imaging (i.e., two photon, two photon spectral, SHG) to interrogate mechanisms of white matter injury and the role of microglia and immune subsets in this process.  Our lab is very committed to advancing the career aspirations of trainees in academia, and together with other KSCIRC PIs, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, provides a rich and vibrant research environment. 

Our projects are focused on neuroimmunology, neuroprotection, and regeneration following CNS trauma. Trainees also have access to KSCIRC core facilities and highly trained personnel to assist with all aspects of SCI related research.

Please send a cover letter, CV and names of two references to Dr. David Stirling at Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.

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