Post-doc position available – omics associations with chronic pain

A post-doctoral position focused on the omics (e.g., genetic, genomic, transcriptomic, epigenomic, etc.) associations with chronic pain is available in the Department of Pain and Translational Symptom Science (PTSS) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. The PTSS department has a vibrant and collaborative group of pain and symptom scientists who apply cutting edge methods in basic, translational and clinical research. The department is also home to a National Institute for Nursing Research (NINR) P30-funded Omics Associated with Self-Management Interventions for Symptoms (OASIS) Center. In addition, faculty and trainees in the PTSS department are members of the interdisciplinary campus-wide Center to Advance Chronic Pain Research (CACPR). The CACPR hosts bi-weekly pain interest group seminars and annual symposia on a variety of chronic pain topics.

We seek a motivated post-doctoral fellow with experience and formal training in pain physiology, bioinformatics and the analysis of large omics datasets to join our group. We have a variety of pre-clinical and clinical projects ongoing that are aimed at elucidating the omics associations with the development and persistence of chronic pain in a number of conditions including low back pain, chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain, spinal cord injury and others.

The UMSON is part of the University of Maryland graduate professional campus that also includes the schools of medicine, dentistry, social work, pharmacy and law, and is one of the fastest growing biomedical research centers in the nation. The unique composition of the campus enables health professionals to address clinical care, public policy and social issues through inter-professional research, scholarship, teaching and community action. Its location in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C.-Annapolis triangle maximizes opportunities for collaboration with government agencies, health care institutions and life sciences industries.

Candidates for this position should hold a PhD in biology, bioinformatics, nursing or a related field, have strong motivation to develop an independent research career, and excellent dissemination skills (oral and written).

Primary responsibilities:

  • Research interests aligned with omics associated with chronic pain conditions.
  • Substantively contribute to the research and scholarship efforts of the OASIS Center and PTSS department through the dissemination of peer-reviewed, data-based publications.
  • Actively participate in PTSS department and CACPR activities.


  • Doctoral degree (PhD) in biology, bioinformatics (preferred), nursing or a related field
  • Evidence of scholarly achievement in terms of data-based publications, extramural funding for pre-doctoral research training and participation in regional or national research presentations
  • Eligibility for appointment at the rank of post-doctoral fellow

Interested candidates should submit a single PDF document containing a letter of interest, CV, brief personal statement describing research interests and career goals, and contact information for three references.

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