Actively enrolling on a rolling basis! Doctoral-level candidates, especially those with an MD, are encouraged to apply.

The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine offers a National Institutes of Health (NIH) T32 grant postdoctoral training program for both basic science and clinical researchers interested in developing an academic career in pain research. 



The Interdisciplinary Training Program in Biobehavioral Pain Research is a two-year postdoctoral program that prepares fellows to work within an interdisciplinary research team to study the complex challenges of pain. This is achieved by integrating training experiences in at least two areas of expertise: neuroscience, clinical research, and/or behavioral/social science.

The training program is intended to develop postdoctoral trainees’ skills to become independent investigators in the interdisciplinary field of biobehavioral pain research. The program is comprised of coursework, mentored research experiences, an integrated research project, preparation of an extramural grant application, and experience in writing and publishing papers. Each fellow is collaboratively mentored by two faculty, each representing a different area of expertise in behavioral/social science, neuroscience or clinical research.

The T32 postdoctoral training program is funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The core faculty team consists of 23 faculty members of the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health who are funded by NIH, engaged in the training of young investigators, and committed to interdisciplinary collaboration.  The faculty includes scientists who conduct research in biobehavioral pain mechanisms, clinical research, and the neuroscience of pain.  


Who should apply:

Candidates must obtain their doctoral degree (MD, PHD, PSYD, DDS, etc.) prior to starting the fellowship. Candidates with some background in neuroscience or pain with evidence of commitment to a research career are preferred. The training objectives are to: 1) develop an enhanced foundation in the neuroscience of pain; 2) engender a broad conceptualization of pain that includes, but is not limited to: neurobiologic, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, and social processes; 3) develop skills for communicating, networking and collaborating with scientists in other disciplines; and 4) design and conduct an integrative pain research project. Each fellow will be collaboratively mentored by two core faculty with distinct domains of pain-related research expertise in one or more of the following domains: 1) neuroscience, 2) clinical research and 3) behavioral or social science. Program faculty span the Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health.


The principal investigators for the grant are Hopkins School of Medicine professors Michael Smith, Ph.D. and Xinzhong Dong, Ph.D.

How do I apply?

Admission to the T32 is on a rolling basis. Individuals who expect to have their doctoral degree conferred within one year are encouraged to apply; however, you will not be able to begin the fellowship until your degree is conferred. To apply, please send a CV and one page cover letter describing your career goals and pain-related research interests to Michael Smith, Ph.D. (msmith62@jhmi.edu).