Senior Research Associate, Pediatrics




Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 44106-7080

Job description:

Research associate position available immediately to join a team of biomedical engineers, neurobiologists, and electrophysiologists to assess the mechanisms by which infrared light (infrared neuromodulation - IRN) can modulate axons and neurons in ganglia as a therapeutic alternative to systemic drug delivery, as well as creating novel tools for visualizing and manipulating neurons and axons using infrared light.

Successful applicants will be expected to work in an interdisciplinary team, including coordination with research and clinical collaborators. Outstanding organization, communication, and writing skills are required. The research environment is collegial and productive and the positions require a good balance between independence and team work.

Applicants are expected to have a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, neuroscience, biology, or a related field. We are particularly interested in candidates who have expertise in immunohistochemistry, whole-mount staining, and the autonomic nervous system. However, the primary qualifications are outstanding technical proficiency and research skill. 

These positions are part of a project grant to understand and develop infrared neuromodulation technology for application in the peripheral nervous system, particularly the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system controls heart rate, respiration, digestion, and many other visceral functions.

We have recently shown that infrared neuromodulation (IRN), when applied to peripheral structures such as the nodose ganglion, induces unique patterns of physiological responses that cannot be elicited by electrical current or drugs. We propose to create new tools that will control autonomic ganglia and visualize activity within them, leading to a deeper understanding of how they function and radically new treatments for autonomic diseases.

Interested candidates should send a brief statement of their research interests, a CV, and contact information of three references to Prof. Michael W. Jenkins ( Other information (i.e., recent publications, more information about the project and the collaborators involved in the project) is available at

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity.  Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation.  Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.