Research Opportunities

Enthusiastic researchers are welcome!

Science and medicine are in the infancy stages of truly understanding Traumatic Brain Injury and its long-term outcomes. Therefore, opportunities abound for scientists to collaborate in our discoveries, share our findings and provide translational research to make significant contributions in the diagnosis of, treatment of and recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury.   

The Smith Lab is currently recruiting for the following positions:

• Post-doctoral fellows

• PhD students

• Research specialists


In vivo experience is of notable interest for all positions. Relevant areas of expertise:

  • • Mouse handling, breeding, and behavior testing
  • • Immunohistochemistry and microscopy
  • • Molecular biology (Western blot, PCR, etc.)
  • • Primary neuronal cell culture
  • • Data processing and programming experience in MATLAB

Please e-mail your interest along with your CV to Amy Carthy at

Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award

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 your interest along with your CV and the names of 3 references to Amy Carthy 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.