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Washington University of St. Louis Research Opportunities - Anesthesiology WU Pain Center - 48761 in St. Louis, Missouri

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.

Department Name/Job Location

This opportunity is in the Washington University Pain Center and the Basic Research Division of the Department of Anesthesiology, located on the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions

A position is available in the Washington University Pain Center and the Basic Research Division of Department of Anesthesiology. Dr. Yu-Qing Cao’s group is looking for highly motivated candidates to join our efforts in translational research on new therapies for chronic migraine and other chronic headache disorders. Ongoing projects focus on studying how changes of ion channel activities and neuro-immune interactions contribute to migraine chronification. We employ multidisciplinary approaches including electrophysiology, time-lapse imaging, anatomical tracing, single neuron profiling, mouse genetics and behavioral assessment of pain. To learn more about our research and approach please see: https://sites.wustl.edu/dbrcaolab/.

Work in the lab includes, but is not limited to: 1) conducting behavioral assays in various mouse models of chronic headache, administrating drugs, and collecting blood/tissue samples; 2) helping with mouse breeding and colony maintenance; 2) helping with lab ordering, organization and inspections.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Prior wet lab experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior experience in mouse behavioral assays will be highly appreciated.
  • Basic troubleshooting skills and an ability to maintain complete and organized records.
  • Working knowledge of computer software and general lab equipment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Salary Range

Base pay commensurate with experience.

Pre-Employment Screening

All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Department Summary

The Washington University Pain Center is committed to alleviating human suffering from pain and aims to be the foremost center in the nation for the advancement of pain science. Advances in our understanding and our therapies will come from collaboration involving clinicians, basic scientists and clinical researchers. We cannot predict where insights will arise, but we expect that each of our members and all of the departments involved will make significant contributions. At the Pain Center, our cross-disciplinary approach quickly translates new knowledge into an improved ability to care for people.


This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits: https://wustl.box.com/s/8wkhs25yssf0775x9d6nd6vqa7obpth7.

Applicant Special Instructions


This position works in a laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological, chemical and radioactive hazards. The individual must be physically able to wear protective equipment and to provide care to research animals.

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Research Opportunities - Anesthesiology WU Pain Center - 48761

Job ID: 48761

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular