The Scherrer Lab welcomes applications from highly motivated students and postdocs who want to study pain and opioid biology.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact Greg Scherrer by email at gregory_scherrer@med.unc.edu


Graduate students. The Scherrer Lab is accepting graduate students of all backgrounds for rotations. Potential rotation and thesis projects utilize approaches such as single cell RNA sequencing to study transcriptional mechanisms and gene expression, cell biology and pharmacology techniques to investigate opioid receptor trafficking and signaling in neurons, DNA engineering to generate novel mutant mouse models, neuroanatomical studies with cell specific markers and transsynaptic tracers to resolve the organization of pain neural circuits, electrophysiology and in vivo calcium imaging to record activity in neural networks, opto-/chemo-genetics combined with behavioral monitoring to determine the contribution of genetically defined neurons to pain perception, and to opioid analgesia or side effects.  


Postdoctoral scholars. We are accepting applications from outstanding individuals for postdoctoral positions. Successful candidates will be investigating the neural circuits and molecular mechanisms underlying pain and its control by opioids, using a variety of approaches including transcriptomics, cell biology techniques, mouse genetics, neural circuit tracing, electrophysiology, opto-/chemo-genetics, in vivo calcium imaging, and behavior. A strong background in the pain and opioid fields and/or expertise in the above mentioned techniques is necessary. In particular, we are looking for talented 1) neuroscientists with a computational/bioinformatics background and experience with single cell RNA-sequencing transcriptomic and/or calcium imaging data analysis, 2) electrophysiologists with experience with whole-cell recordings in spinal cord slices, 3) pain and opioid behavioral pharmacologists, and 4) cell and molecular biologists.                                



Undergraduate students. The Scherrer Lab is seeking motivated undergraduate students to join our team for course credit. Techniques you will learn include histology, analysis of mouse behavior, and molecular biology, with additional opportunities to take part in imaging and physiology studies tailored to the individual's interests. Perfect for students interested in graduate school or medical school looking to gain lab experience.