Career Opportunities

Position Openings

Current position openings within KSCIRC

Postdoctoral Research Fellow 

We are currently seeking 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. 
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 role of the integrated stress response pathway in neural cell loss after traumatic spinal cord injury. A particular focus is on oligodendrocyte death and white matter damage. The approaches include experimental spinal cord injury in mice, mouse genetics, transcriptome-wide gene expression analysis in specific types of spinal cord cells, and molecular/cell biology experiments in cultured primary cells.

Eligibility: Ph.D. or equivalent degree. Desired backgrounds include neurobiology and/or molecular biology.

To apply send curriculum vitae, publication list and names/e-mail address of 2-3 references as an attached file in Microsoft Word Rich Text Format to

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 Email Dr. Stirling. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.

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