MCW Neuroscience Research Center Career Opportunities

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  MCW Presidential Postdoctoral Scholar

Position Purpose

Perform intravital multiphoton imaging for neuroscience studies. The project will use in vivo multiphoton imaging and activity-dependent reporters to investigate neural ensembles engaged by drug and non-drug motivated behavior.

The successful candidate will have published proficiency in intravital imaging and motivation to develop techniques to image superficial and subcortical structures. Candidates should have strong communication skills, a record of scientific productivity, and a desire to work both independently and as part of a team.

The Neuroscience Research Center is home to over 100 neuroscientists and the Medical College of Wisconsin has numerous core facilities and other resources to promote scientific training and multidisciplinary research.

Essential Duties

  1. Develop and conduct experiments to study neural ensembles in mesocorticolimbic circuitry engaged by self-administration of drugs of abuse and/or non-drug rewards. Develop protocols to enable long-term studies involving repeated in vivo multiphoton imaging.
  2. Perform experiments under the direction of the Principle Investigator, including other studies involving drug and non-drug motivated behaviors.
  3. Develop and conduct laboratory procedures including timely data analysis and archiving of data obtained in one or more areas of laboratory investigation.
  4. Adapt to general laboratory procedures to accomplish specific experimental goals of the laboratory, working closely in team setting with other members of the lab team.
  5. Participate in meetings with PI and other laboratory personnel to discuss and evaluate research being undertaken and in progress.
  6. Perform surgical procedures and behavioral experiments.

Other Duties

Perform other duties as assigned. Some experiments may require work on the weekends, although this is not routine.

Qualifications | Minimum Position Qualifications

Required background: PhD in Neuroscience, Cell Biology, Engineering or other relevant field. Experience with intravital imaging.

  Postdoctoral Fellow, Synaptic Plasticity - Gerges Lab

A postdoctoral position is available for an enthusiastic, hard-working individual to develop innovative research programs in the area of synaptic plasticity. The successful candidate will carry out pharmacological and structural-functional studies on recombinant receptors expressed in organotypic hippocampal cultures or in vivo. The laboratory has a strong multidisciplinary vocation. State-of-the-art electrophysiology and imaging technologies will be combined with molecular biology approaches in order to understand how individual molecules contribute to neuronal function.

Applicants should have a good background on molecular biology and/or electrophysiology. Experience in cellular biology techniques and animal handling are also desirable, but extensive training will be provided.

Send or fax your CV and references to Nashaat Gerges, PhD at the address or FAX below.

Medical College of Wisconsin
Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology & Anatomy
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226-0509

Fax: (414) 955-6517 |

  Postdoctoral Fellow, Molecular Mechanisms of Mechanotransduction and Pain - Stucky Lab

The Stucky laboratory is looking for a postdoctoral fellow with significant molecular biology experience. Valued skills include knowledge and experience with qPCR, microarrays, RNAseq, cloning, and transgenic animal generation. In turn, the postdoctoral fellow will have an opportunity to become an expert in electrophysiology by learning teased fiber recordings, patch clamp recordings, as well as calcium imaging techniques.

Ongoing projects in the lab include mechanisms underlying mechanotransduction in sensory neurons and keratinocytes, inflammatory hypersensitivity, sickle cell disease pain, Crohn’s disease pain and mechanisms of pain in aging. Projects utilize a variety of resources to probe mechanisms of somatosensation, such as conditional transgenic lines, retrograde tracing and optogenetics.

Qualified applicants should have a recently obtained PhD or MD/PhD in neuroscience, molecular biology, immunology, cell biology or physiology. US Citizenship or Permanent Residency is required. Interest in writing independent grant applications and prior writing experience is favorable.

Please contact Dr. Stucky and include your CV and brief description of your research experience, interests and goals:

Cheryl L. Stucky, PhD
Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

(414) 955-8373 | Fax: (414) 955-6517
Stucky Lab

  Postdoctoral Fellow, Pain in Sickle Cell Disease - Stucky Lab

The Stucky Lab is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral research fellow to drive studies of the molecular and cellular mechanisms that underlie pain in sickle cell disease. Pain is a devastating hallmark of sickle cell disease and an area of great unmet clinical need. Underlying causes of the pain are unknown. Our focus is highly translational as we are doing in vitro and in vivo experiments in animal models of sickle cell disease and in parallel, working with patients with sickle cell disease. Our lab has strong expertise in electrophysiological, cellular and behavioral neuroscience approaches. Therefore, the candidate would receive expert training in the unique functional techniques we are known for including teased fiber "skin nerve" electrophysiology and patch clamp electrophysiology. In turn, we are seeking candidates with strong scientific expertise in complimentary areas including the immune system, molecular biology, hematology or neurobiology. The candidate will also have the opportunity to develop an independent research track stemming from the sickle cell pain project. Additional qualifications are excellent interpersonal and writing skills. The position is currently funded by NIH through April 2019.

Please submit a letter of interest and curriculum vitae with contact information for references to Dr. Cheryl Stucky, Medical College of Wisconsin at

  Postdoctoral Fellow, Neuroimaging and Biomechanical Engineering

The Department of Plastic Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin is seeking a highly motivated individual to fill a postdoctoral position in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and biomechanical engineering. This individual is expected to develop hardware and software for a project comparing biomechanical metrics of motor-task performance with functional brain response as measured by fMRI in both healthy individuals and subjects with peripheral nerve injuries of the hand. Motor-task performance will be measured using a commercially available fiber-optic sensor glove system. The position will be based out of the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Center for Imaging Research.

The Center for Imaging Research has state-of-the-art imaging facilities, including two research-dedicated GE 3 T whole-body scanners, a Bruker 9.4 T/30 cm small-animal MRI scanner, an MEG scanner, and a microSPECT/CT. A whole-body GE 7 T human MRI scanner will be delivered early next year.

This position requires an MD or a doctoral degree in an appropriate field of biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, biophysics, medical physics, neuroscience, computer science, or a related science field. The ideal candidate should have a strong background in MR neuroimaging techniques and methodologies, proficiency in MATLAB, and excellent written and oral communication skills. Experience with MATLAB programs Simulink, Stateflow, and xPC Target is preferred but not required. Knowledge of the biomechanics of the hand and fMRI data analysis software (AFNI, FSL, Freesurfer, etc.) is also highly desirable.

Interested candidates should submit their CV, a cover letter describing relevant qualifications and research interests, and contact information for three (3) references to Christopher Pawela, PhD, at

  Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Brain Injury Research

The Brain Injury Research program in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is recruiting for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join our diverse group of basic and clinical research scientists studying mild traumatic brain injury. Under the co-direction of Timothy Meier, PhD, and Michael McCrea, PhD, ABPP, the Fellow will be critically involved in a multi-disciplinary project studying the physiological mechanisms of traumatic brain injury and post-concussive recovery using advanced neuroimaging metrics, blood biomarkers, genetic testing, and clinical behavioral measures. The Fellow will also play a major role in the execution of a large, prospective clinical research study on the acute effects and recovery after mild traumatic brain injury in civilians and sport-related concussion in athletes.

Information about the MCW Brain Injury Research Program

The Fellowship period is for 2‐3 years. Candidates should have:

  1. PhD in neuroscience, neuropsychology, clinical psychology or a field related to the neurosciences, sports medicine or trauma;
  2. Strong background in advanced neuroimaging methods (fMRI, DTI, etc);
  3. Demonstrated competency in human subjects research design and methods; and
  4. Astrong skill set in computerized data base management, information technology applications, and statistical analysis.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest, CV, two (2) sample publications or writing samples, and three (3) letters of recommendation to Timothy Meier, PhD, (, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Medical College of Wisconsin.

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Neuroscience Research Center
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

(414) 955-2260
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Blair Stauffer |
Department Administrator, Pharmacology and Toxicology | Neuroscience Research Center