Postdoctoral Fellow, The Ashar lab in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine

November 16, 2022

The Ashar lab in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine is seeking to fill a Postdoctoral Fellow position focused on the brain mechanisms of primary (nociplastic) chronic pain and its treatment. This is an opportunity to contribute to the development of a novel psychological treatment paradigm aiming to provide substantial relief or recovery from chronic pain. Primary responsibilities will include a) oversight of a large clinical trial using natural language, daily experience sampling, and audio-video recordings to investigate the mechanisms of pain reprocessing therapy, and b) an fMRI investigation of distinct brain pathways supporting nociceptive vs. nociplastic chronic knee pain and cognitive pain regulation strategies. There will be opportunities to support other emerging lines of research in the lab on interoceptive function and chronic pain, opioid tapering interventions, brain mechanisms of cannabis-based pain relief, psychological treatments for “long COVID”, and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapies. Manuscript preparation, conference submissions, and funding applications will be encouraged and supported. The Postdoctoral Fellow will collaborate closely with Dr. Joseph Frank, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Chronic Pain and Wellness Center at the VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System. Applicants are welcome to work in-person or hybrid in-person/remote and must be on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus weekly.

Please contact Dr. Yoni Ashar with a CV and letter of interest at . Please include links to any publicly posted software or code if available.

Examples of Work Performed

The duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to:

  • Oversee study design and data collection, including clinical trials and fMRI investigations of brain function
  • Analyze multiple datasets, including features extracted from audio-video recordings, natural language data, resting and task-based fMRI
  • Coordinate research assistants working on projects
  • Support IRB applications for new projects
  • Prepare manuscripts for publication

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire:

  • MD or PhD in a relevant field (e.g., psychology, neuroscience, computer science)
  • Record of first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Research or clinical experience with chronic pain and/or other related conditions, evidence-based psychological treatments, and/or neuroimaging

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with fMRI study design, data collection, and analysis
  • Experience running clinical trials
  • Proficiency or expertise with software/scripting (MATLAB, Python, and R preferred)

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