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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor David Clark

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Clark, David J
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Anesthes, Periop & Pain Med
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
2 years
Appointment Start Date: 
9/1/2020 or later
How to Submit Application Materials: 

Submit application materials directly to Dr. Clark -

A postdoctoral research position is available within the Clark laboratory group. The overarching interest of the laboratory is in immune system contributions to chronic pain. Using rodent models and additional samples from humans, we explore the mechanisms by which the innate and adaptive systems of immunity become activated after injury or in the setting of degenerative disease. The concepts of autoinflammation and autoimmunity are central to this work. Variables such as sex, age and stress are incorporated into many experimental plans. Much of the work is done in partnership with additional labs at Stanford, the Palo Alto VA hospital and our international collaborators. Current project areas involve the study of pain, disability and cognitive changes after surgery, limb trauma and traumatic brain injury. Additional projects involve pain after intervertebral disc injury.
Recent publications:
Germinal center formation, immunoglobulin production and hindlimb nociceptive sensitization after tibia fracture.
Li WW, Yang Y, Shi XY, Guo TZ, Guang Q, Kingery WS, Herzenberg LA, Clark JD.
Brain Behav Immun. 2020 Aug;88:725-734.
Loss of diffuse noxious inhibitory control after traumatic brain injury in rats: A chronic issue.
Irvine KA, Sahbaie P, Ferguson AR, Clark JD.
Exp Neurol. 2020 Aug 1;333:113428
Complex regional pain syndrome patient immunoglobulin M has pronociceptive effects in the skin and spinal cord of tibia fracture mice. Guo TZ, Wei T, Tajerian M, Clark JD, Birklein F, Goebel A, Li WW, Sahbaie P, Escolano FL, Herrnberger M, Kramer HH, Kingery WS. Pain. 2020 Apr;161(4):797-809.

Required Qualifications: 
  • An ideal candidate should have a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in a field related to neuroscience or immunology. Candidates with medical training (M.D. or equivalent) will be considered if they have laboratory research experience.
  • A background providing experience in one or more of the following areas would be helpful: animal surgery, behavioral testing, FACS analysis, molecular biology and/or immunohistochemistry.
Required Application Materials: 
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A short statement describing previous research experience and future goals
  • Contact information for two references


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.