Research Associate

The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON) is recruiting for a Research Associate to join our dynamic group of National Institutes of Health-funded pain researchers. Our group’s primary focus is on the role of neurotrophin signaling in the development and persistence of chronic pain. We also utilize transcriptomic and genetic/gnomic analyses to identify new candidate pathways that, when perturbed, reduce pain. Platforms currently in use include array-based technology as well as next-generation, high throughput sequencing of RNA and DNA. The successful candidate will be engaged in genetic, genomic and transcriptomics based approaches to chronic pain research using bioinformatics and wet bench techniques. Preferred skills include expertise in programming, scripting, and working in computing languages including R, Linux, Perl, others. Candidates must have a PhD in neuroscience, math, statistics or a related field, with at least 2 years of post-doctoral experience. The selected candidate will interact with faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and PhD students who conduct basic and translational research in chronic pain and symptom science.  

Primary Responsibilities

  • Conduct genetic, genomic and transcriptomic analysis of array based and sequencing based datasets from rodent models and human subjects
  • Develop visualization strategies for datasets, including but not limited to hosting local UCSC browser, IGV, others
  • Develop analytic strategies to combine genetic, genomic and transcriptomic analysis with patient reported outcomes/rodent behavioral phenotypes and other quantitative and qualitative measures
  • Assist with training and mentoring of PhD students and postdoctoral fellows
  • Perform molecular biological experiments
  • Forms collaborations with other faculty members as appropriate
  • Documents experimental protocols and research results and analyzes and interprets experiments
  • Participates in manuscript development and preparation/submission of grant applications


  • Doctoral degree required; postdoctoral research experience preferred
  • Outstanding scholarly achievement in terms of data-based publications and presentations
  • Eligibility for appointment as a research associate professor
  • Demonstrated ability to mentor doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, résumé, and the names of three professional references to:

Susan Dorsey, PhD, RN, FAAN
Chair, Search Committee

The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA Employer.