Job Opportunities

Post-Doctoral Research Scientist

There is, at present, no open post-doctoral research position in the Neuroanesthesia Lab. Please contact Dr. García directly to get your CV on file.

Graduate and MD/PhD Students

PhD and MD/PhD students are always welcome to set up an appointment with Dr. García to talk about potential collaborations or laboratory rotations through the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences.

Interested Medical Students

Medical students that are examining career possibilities in anesthesiology, neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry can benefit from our research environment.  It is possible to schedule a 5-6 month research rotation as part of Emory University School of Medicine’s Discovery Phase Curriculum or as part of an institutional or foundation sponsored research experience such as FAER (Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research,  It is the goal of the Neuroanesthesia Lab to match medical students interested in research with the best prospective mentor, whether from within our lab, or with one of our many collaborators. Both clinical and laboratory research experiences are available. Ample opportunity to interact with clinical members of the anesthesia team in a shadowing capacity is possible for those medical students choosing to be involved in laboratory science.  Ideally, prospective medical student researchers should have a strong background in pharmacology and neuroscience.  As our data analysis techniques rely heavily on computers and quantitative techniques, some familiarity with computer programming would be useful but is not required. 

Prospective Undergraduate Students

From time to time, there is opportunity for motivated undergraduate students to get valuable laboratory experience while contemplating a career in medicine or scientific research.  We use sophisticated electronic equipment, precision microscopes, and program our own custom-analysis programs (using MATLAB); so prior electronics and chemistry laboratory experience is helpful, though not necessary. In order to get the most out of working in the lab, you should have a firm neuroscience background (as evidenced by taking a course in this area) and/ or a strong computer/math/physics background.

If you are interested in research as an undergraduate in the Neuroanesthesia Lab, please send an email to Diana Beschen [] with Undergraduate Researcher in the subject line. Please include the following in the email:

  • Resume or CV
  • Unofficial transcript
  • A brief cover letter summarizing your research interests, semester(s) you would like to work, and total hour per week you are available to work

We are most interested in undergraduate researchers who can work for multiple semesters, in order to give enough time to carry out a meaningful body of research. In our experience, students who are able to commit to at least 500 hours of time in the lab get the most out of their experience both in terms of productivity and valuable laboratory research skills acquired. The first semester of work in the Neuroanesthesia Lab for undergraduates is always for credit. Subsequent semesters can be for credit, or on a paid basis.

If you apply for a position as an undergraduate researcher, your information will be distributed to our group members, who will review your application and contact you directly if interested. Our goal is to match undergraduate students with mentors 4-6 weeks before the start of the semester, in order to allow time for training and certification before work can begin.