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Postdoctoral Training Opportunity – Rheumatoid Arthritis Patient-Oriented Research

The Central Pain in Rheumatoid Arthritis (CPIRA) Group, led by Dr. Yvonne Lee, invites applications for postdoctoral trainee positions in patient-oriented research, focused on pain, rest-activity patterns, and autonomic function in patients with arthritis. The overall mission of the research group is to improve the management of pain in patients with systemic rheumatic diseases, using treatments targeted to specific pain mechanisms.

The goal of this postdoctoral position is to support the clinical research training, career development, and professional growth of the postdoctoral trainee. The trainee will be mentored by Dr. Yvonne Lee and other faculty investigators at Northwestern University. The trainee can expect to receive hands-on experience and training in a range of fields pertaining to clinical epidemiology, rheumatology research, and pain research. The trainee will learn how to design epidemiological studies, the basics of statistical methods, and how to apply these methods to the study of rheumatic diseases. The trainee will get first-hand experience in designing retrospective and prospective studies, presenting the results at national meetings, and writing manuscripts.

The Feinberg School of Medicine is one of the top-ranked medical research institutions in the United States, and is known for its focus on patient-oriented biomedical research and clinical excellence. The laboratory is located in the heart of downtown Chicago. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Minimum Qualifications

A highly motivated investigator with a PhD, MD, or equivalent doctoral degree in a relevant field. Applicant should be a self-starter, strong communicator, and problem solver.

Minimum Competencies

Applicants with experience in clinical research and data analysis are strongly preferred. Familiarity with epidemiological concepts is ideal.

Candidates should have excellent spoken and written communication skills command of the English language, and must be eligible to work in the US.


Interested applicants should send: (1) a cover letter describing qualifications and relevant work experience (maximum of 1 page), (2) curriculum vitae and (3) the names, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three references by e-mail to with the subject line ‘Rheumatoid Arthritis Postdoctoral Scholar.’

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.