Professional Opportunity March 2019

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 Johns Hopkins University Postdoctoral Fellowship in

Interdisciplinary Research in Sleep and Pain


(NIH/NINDS T32 supported)


Program Description:


The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine offers a postdoctoral training program for fellows interested developing an interdisciplinary program of pain and sleep research


The training program is intended to develop postdoctoral trainees’ skills to become independent investigators in the fields of pain, sleep, and their intersection.  The training program (1-2 years) incorporates coursework, mentored research experiences, an individual integrated research project, seminars, and exposure to professional development skills, including grant proposal and manuscript writing. 


The overarching goal of the proposed postdoctoral program is to prepare the next generation of innovative research leaders to work cooperatively within an interdisciplinary team to address the complex problem of pain and sleep disorders by better characterizing the interplay of pain and sleep and to translate discoveries into safe and effective treatments.  This program is supported by an NIH NIDA T32 training grant.  Admission is rolling.


Up to 20% effort can be dedicated to behavioral sleep medicine clinical work if it is consistent with training goals to delvelop your career as a clinical researcher.  There are also opportunities to increase clinical research exposure by delivering psychological and sleep-related interventions on various ongoing NIH clinical trials by our faculty.


The neuroscience of pain and sleep will be emphasized throughout the training. The fellowship incorporates coursework and mentored research experiences in at least two scientific domains that are synthesized by:

1) an integrated research project,

2) an extramural grant application, and

3) the writing and publishing of papers.


The training objectives are to:

1) develop an enhanced foundation in the neuroscience of pain;

2) engender a broad conceptualization of pain that includes, but is not limited to, neurobiologic, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and social processes;

3) develop skills for communicating, networking and collaborating with scientists in other disciplines; and

4) design and conduct an integrative pain research project.


Each fellow is to be collaboratively mentored by two core faculty with distinct domains of pain-related research expertise in either:

1) neuroscience,

2) clinical research and

3) behavioral or social science.


Program faculty cut across the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health.


Fellows will have access to active research mentorship in three broad areas: 

1) Sleep as a pain-related health behavior (the role of sleep in opioid use and abuse, obesity, smoking, alcohol consumption, etc.);

2) Sleep in pain-related medical disorders (rheumatologic diseases, chronic pain, burn injury, headache, sickle cell disease, etc);

3) Physiologic and neurocognitive consequences of sleep deprivation as it intersects with central pain processing, pain symptoms, and pain sensitivity.


Trainee Requirements:


To be appointed to the T32 research training grant, an individual must be a citizen, a non-citizen national of the United States or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., in possession of a current, valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or must be in possession of other legal verification of such status). Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible for the T32.


Trainees must have received, as of the beginning date of the appointment, a MD/PhD, MD or PhD, DDS or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Written certification by an authorized official of the degree-granting institution that all degree requirements have been met, prior to the date training is to begin, is acceptable.


Preference will be given to candidates with strong research interests and potential.


Salary will be according to NIH fellowship and training stipend levels.


We especially encourage applications from members of ethnic and racial minority groups. Johns Hopkins is a non-discriminatory/affirmative action equal opportunity employer. 




To apply, please send a curriculum Vitae and a one page cover letter describing your career goals and areas of research interest related to pain and sleep research to:


Michael T. Smith, Ph.D. @




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