Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Center for Brain Injury and Repair

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Grants & Research Opportunities


Available Position - Postdoctoral Researcher 

Faculty Member – Douglas H. Smith, M.D. 

School – Perelman School of Medicine 

Organization – Neurosurgery 

Description – The Smith Neurotrauma Laboratory focuses on the mechanisms of brain trauma and the progressive degenerative damage that occurs. Specific concentration is given to the fate of axons, nerve fibers in the brain that appear exquisitely vulnerable to trauma. Attention is also given to spinal cord and peripheral nerve injuries, specifically the repair strategies and development of novel mechanisms of 'stretch-induced' axon growth that can be exploited to produce transplant materials to bridge extensive damage in the nervous system. 

The ideal candidate will be highly organized and a motivated self-starter capable of managing multiple research projects. 

Qualifications – Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent degree in related field. 

More Information 

Smith Neurotrauma Lab 

Center for Brain Injury and Repair (CBIR) 

Contact – Please send CV, letter of interest and references to

Post-doctoral applicants are encouraged to apply for training in the NIH-NINDS T32 Brain Injury Training Grant (BITG) Research Fellowship Program within the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The BITG is designed to recruit and train individuals at the post-doctoral level (MD or PhD) with exceptional promise for research careers in CNS injury. Training will focus on molecular and cellular research skills and will incorporate both basic and clinical faculty with broad expertise in neuroscience, neurology, neurosurgery, bioengineering, biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, neuropathology, neuroanatomy, neuroimaging, and neuropharmacology. The focus of research will include traumatic brain injury, CNS injury, or stroke. The desired outcome is to launch these individuals on successful careers that focus on understanding the molecular and cellular sequelae of CNS injury to improve the clinical outcome of these disorders. 

Please e-mail a CV, a one-page letter of interest and the names of 3 references to Liz Lewis at

The University of Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply. US Citizenship or Permanent Resident status (green card) is required. Applications will be considered until the positions are filled.