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Friday, February 26, 2:50 pm.  1703 Mind, Brain and Immunity.  This symposium will provide a historical review of key basic science concepts in psychoneuroimmunology that are clinically relevant to allergic and immunologic diseases. Speakers:  Keith Kelly, PhD, Richard Granstein, MD, Rosalind Wright, MD, MPH.

Job Opportunities

Associate Editor Positions Available

We are encouraging expressions of interest from suitable scientists in the area of psychoneuroimmunology, in order to apply for two Associate Editors posts in the Society journals: one post for Brain Behavior & Immunity, and one post for Brain,  Behavior  & Immunity - Health.

Interested candidates may contact the Editor-in-Chief of the two journals, Dr. Carmine Pariante, or Associate Editor and Incoming President of PNIRS, Dr. Neil Harrison, to obtain further information on the posts.

The expression of interest is limited to two, pages, detailing the vision for the journal, the academic achievements, and any editorial experience, and should be emailed to [email protected] with copy to [email protected] and [email protected].

The deadline for receiving the expression of interest is Friday, 26th of December.


Opening for Postdoc Position 

Yale University, Neuroimmunology

Posted 12-02-20 

The Kaffman lab is investigating the role that microglia play in mediating the neurodevelopmental and behavioral changes seen in mice exposed to early life stress. The lab is a member of the Ribicoff Center in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale, which is a dynamic and large group of neuroscientists studying the molecular biology of different complex behaviors in rodents. We have several exciting projects that use cutting edge technologies in neuroimmunology, genomics, and imaging in mice. For information on recent publications from the Kaffman lab see, White 2020 (DOI: 10.7554/eLife.58301), Johnson et al 2018 (PMID: 29463821), Johnson and Kaffman 2018 (PMID:28625767) and Delpech et al. 2016 (PMID:27301858).

We are looking for highly motivated and talented neuroimmunologist with the following expertise:

• Sorting and characterizing immune cells with flow cytometry
• Microscopy work including confocal and image J quantification
• Tissue cutting and processing for immunohistochemistry
• Experience working with mice including handling, perfusion, and brain dissection
• Protein work including Western blot and ELISA
• Excellent verbal and writing skills in English

Candidates should have completed a Ph.D. in neuroimmunology and/or neuroscience, and email the following materials to Arie Kaffman at [email protected]:

• A cover letter describing their interests and technical skills
• Updated CV
• e-mail addresses and phone numbers of three references

Salary will be commensurate with experience according to NIH postdoc stipends


Opening for Postdoc Fellowship Position

Penn State Child Maltreatment
T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program
DEADLINE – January 15, 2021 by 5:00 EST

Posted 11-20-20

Penn State University’s Child Maltreatment Solutions Network ( is now accepting applications for our 2-year NICHD-funded T32 ( post-doctoral fellowship in child maltreatment science. The training will allow fellows to specialize in several training tracks including a) Biology and Health, b) Developmental Processes, c) Prevention and Treatment, and d) Policy and Administrative Data Systems. This training is one of the few opportunities for new scholars to develop expertise across the wide spectrum of child maltreatment science.

Penn State University is also home to the NICHD P50 Capstone Center of Excellence in Child Maltreatment Research and Training - Penn State’s Translational Center for Child Maltreatment Studies and fellows would get the opportunity to work on several large-scale research projects, that include child welfare-involved youth, intervention and prevention projects as well as longitudinal studies on predictors of child maltreatment, youth and family outcomes, and child welfare data and services.

Fellows will benefit from the comprehensive, multi-level and transdisciplinary training program that seeks to develop transdisciplinary scholars. Postdoctoral fellows will work with a mentor team from a group of 13 faculty experts in child maltreatment. Fellows will also work with a set of secondary mentors from a group of 25 Penn State faculty with specialties including, but not limited to education, biology, genetics, treatment, human development, administrative data systems, social determinants of health, emotional and cognitive development, physical health, behavioral economics, and neuroscience. Fellows will be trained in research ethics, professional development, and grant writing, as well as gain experience in implementing research and translating findings to influence practice and policy within the child maltreatment field. Fellows will also get the opportunity to participate in a summer training institute on child maltreatment in partnership with other P50 Centers and attend P50 Center meetings at NIH. Women, minorities, protected veterans, LGBTQIA+ people, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply 

Preferred applicants will have a doctorate in a relevant area of study, excellent oral and written communication skills, and experience in conducting research and data analysis on child maltreatment research or related area.

Start date for fellowship is flexible (ideally early July, 2021). Interested applicants should send an email with their curriculum vitae, a 5-page double-spaced statement of interest that includes their previous experience, career goals, and indicate two primary training tracks of interest and preferred primary and secondary mentors (please see website for specific application instructions), a writing sample, and two letters of recommendations by JANUARY 15, 2021 by 5:00 PM EST to Yo Jackson, Ph.D., ABPP, Penn State University, Department of Psychology, [email protected].

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.



Opening for Postdoctoral Research Fellow
T32 Program on Biobehavioral Issues in Mental and Physical Health
Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

Posted 10-28-2020 

Program Goal: The primary goal of our program is to train research scientists in the development and use of basic theories and research in psychology to elucidate issues in mental and physical health. The focus of the program is on research training in the integration of biological, psychological, social, and ethnic/racial, and cultural levels of analysis to study mental health in relation to physical health. Quantitative methods, diversity science, and translational science, including research with clinical populations, are training strengths of the program. Research goals that integrate new ways of investigating psychopathology in line with the RDoC are welcomed. Underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Program Structure: One scholar will be appointed for two years beginning July to September 2021. A postdoctoral scholar enters the program with a designated primary and secondary faculty mentor. Individualized plans of supervised research (IDPs), involvement in labs, and appropriate coursework are designed by each trainee with mentors and approved by training directors.

Faculty: The program is led by Professors Chris Dunkel Schetter (Director), Julie Bower (Co-Director). and Annette Stanton (Co-Director). Nearly 20 faculty in psychology and other departments and schools at UCLA serve as faculty mentors in the program. These individuals have expertise in the following areas: Biological processes in mental and physical health and disorders; Psychoneuroimmunology; Stress, coping, and social support processes; Health behavior, obesity, and addiction; Ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic influences on mental and physical health. See website for full list of program faculty and their areas of research expertise: You may consult Director Dunkel Schetter regarding currently available primary and secondary mentors.

Requirements: Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. from an accredited psychology program. In order to qualify for this federally funded grant, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen, a non-citizen national, or a foreign national possessing a visa permitting permanent residence in the U.S. Applicants are not eligible if they have received 3 years of prior PHS support.

Stipend:  Stipend levels are set by the NIMH and depend on years of post-doctoral experience.

How to Apply:  Applicants should send a brief letter describing: (1) their background, (2) area(s) of interest and possible mentors, (3) proposed objectives for the fellowship. A curriculum vitae and selected prints/reprints should be included. Applicants should also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to the address (post or email) below.  All correspondence should be addressed to:

Chris Dunkel Schetter
Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry
UCLA Department of Psychology
Psychology Building 1285
Los Angeles, CA 90095
[email protected]

We review applications and conduct telephone or in-person interviews to make final decisions. Postdoctoral offers are made on the basis of the strength of the applicant, fit with the program, and maintenance of a balance of interests among the faculty mentors. Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled. Last date for application is January 1.

For more information please visit our website:


Postdoctoral Research Associate
Department of Animal Sciences
College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Posted 9-23-2020

Short Description Summarizing Position: Full-time, 100%, (12-month), renewable appointment (contingent on
funding) in Integrative Immunology and Behavior. The Department of Animal Sciences seeks a highly motivated individual to join a team studying how age and diet affect the gut-brain-axis and neuroinflammation. The successful candidate will utilize mouse models to analyze how dietary fiber, short chain fatty acids and intestinal free fatty acid receptors interact to modulate microglial immune status.

Responsibilities include:
• Experiment design, implementation and sample analysis
• Management of conventional and transgenic mouse colonies
• Data analysis, report preparation and manuscript preparation
• Supervise undergraduate students and interact with graduate students
• Collection of data and completion of all duties must adhere to scientific and safety protocols

Qualifications: Ph.D. degree in Biology, Animal Sciences, Immunology, Nutrition, or a closely related field. Must be able to work legally in the U.S. Excellent writing, communication, and statistical skills are necessary. A commitment to research, and an ability to work independently and as part of a diverse team.

Preferred Skills: Experience with transgenic mouse models, molecular biology, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry and neuroanatomy are preferred. Interest in dietary effects on immune system and behavior is preferred.

Proposed Start Date: As soon as possible after close date.
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Location: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Resources: Successful candidates will be provided with excellent facilities and access to core facilities such as the W. M. Keck Center for Comparative and Functional Genomics, and the Roy J. Carver Biotechnology Center. The Department of Animal Sciences and the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) ( are widely recognized for excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research, outreach, and international programs. Potential collaborations exist and are encouraged both within and outside of the department. Additional information regarding the department can be found at

Application Procedures: To apply, please provide a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a research statement
and the names and contact information of three references. All requested information must be submitted to
Laurie Rund ([email protected]).

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of
a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

McNair Scholars Program – McNair Scholar

Request for Applications - Posted 9-15-20

Overview.  Through a generous gift from the Robert and Janice McNair Foundation, MDACC is recruiting one junior faculty physician-scientist with demonstrated expertise in neuroscience research, including but not limited to, neuromodulation, immunotherapy, pain, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, autism, neurodegeneration, regenerative medicine/aging, and diagnosis and treatment of neurological conditions and disorders. The primary goal of the McNair Scholars Program is to provide support and guidance for junior faculty members over a period of eight years with 80% dedicated effort in the laboratory performing relevant translational research. During this interval, physician scientist will continue to provide care for cancer patients. Upon successful completion, the physician-scientist will have established her/himself as an independent investigator with multiple important publications who has competed successfully for external grant funding, on a path to becoming one of tomorrow's leaders.

Eligibility.  Candidates must be tenure track, outside the MD Anderson faculty or an advanced postdoctoral or clinical fellow at MDACC. Eligible candidates should hold an MD, MD/PhD or PhD degree. At least two years of prior research experience is required. The candidate should have shown evidence of commitment to scholarly activity and proof of scientific accomplishments. The successful candidate should be Board qualified or Board eligible in a clinical specialty relevant to the applicant’s research. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. Candidates must be a US citizen or a non-citizen national, or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess verification of legal admission as a permanent US resident at the time of acceptance to the program. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible to apply. The program has already provided a major mechanism for recruiting exceptional physician-scientists from other major universities.

Scope and Curriculum.  Physician-Scientists devote 20% effort to patient care responsibilities and 80% protected effort to research activities. Dedicated research training and a senior faculty mentor/supervisor are assigned from among basic scientists in the nstitution. A faculty mentor from a clinical department is also desirable.

Program Resources.  The program will be funded by the McNair Foundation for a total of eight years. The McNair Foundation will fund the program as follows: $500,000 in year one, two, three and four and $100,000 in year five, six seven and eight. Scholars will be eligible for additional resources provided by the institution.

Additional Requirements.  Additional requirements of the program will be discussed with final candidates upon selection.

Recruitment Committee.  Pre-qualified candidates will present to the recruitment committee for vetting. In addition, final candidates will present
to the foundation for final selection.  

Application. Please provide a CV and 1-2 page synopsis of planned research to Jene’ Reinartz at [email protected].



University of Cincinnati, Research Assistant
July 17, 2020

Research Assistant

A Research Associate position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Eric S. Wohleb in the Department of Pharmacology & Systems Physiology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Studies in the lab seek to understand how neuron-microglia interactions contribute to synaptic plasticity in physiological and pathological conditions. The lab uses multiple molecular and cellular techniques to examine neurobiological adaptations that shape behavior and cognition.

This position will support the objectives of the laboratory by carrying out experimental studies in rodent models (i.e., behavior tests, molecular or cellular assays) and acting as an assistant to graduate and postdoctoral trainees in the lab. Other duties will include maintaining daily log of research activities, ordering lab supplies, monitoring the health of the animal colonies, performing annual maintenance on lab equipment, and maintaining all facilities in compliance with regulatory standards(i.e., OSHA, IACUC, AAALAC). Training will be provided in research areas with which he/she is less familiar.



University of Cincinnati, Post Doc Fellow
July 20, 2020

Postdoctoral Fellow – Neuron-microglia interactions in health and disease

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Eric S. Wohleb in the Department of Pharmacology & Systems Physiology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Studies in the lab seek to understand how neuron-microglia interactions contribute to synaptic plasticity in physiological and pathological conditions. The lab uses multiple molecular and cellular techniques to examine neurobiological adaptations that shape behavior and cognition, including: flow cytometry/ fluorescence-activated cell sorting, cell type-specific RNA-Seq, neuropharmacology, viral-mediated gene manipulations, neuronal modulation via chemogenetics, knock-out/ inducible Cre-recombinase transgenic mice, and confocal microscopy/ 3D image analyses. The candidate will be provided with significant training in research areas with which he/she is less familiar, as well as mentoring to support development as an independent investigator.

This position is fully supported, however, the candidate will be encouraged to apply for postdoctoral fellowships and internal NIH-sponsored training grants.