Washington University of St. Louis Postdoctoral Research Associate - Neurology - 42391 in St. Louis, Missouri

Post Doc Instructions

Please do not submit an application to this posting. To apply for this postdoctoral research opportunity, follow the directions below in “Applicant Special Instructions”.

Job Type/Schedule

This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Neurology. This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions


The postdoctoral researcher will conduct studies investigating the normal development of inhibitory neurotransmission in the brain and how this development is disrupted by brain malformations, seizures, and neurogenetic disorders. Additional duties will include writing and preparing manuscripts for scientific publication, participation in lab meetings, and active collaboration with other researchers.


Trains under the supervision of a faculty mentor including (but not limited to):

  1. Manages their own project, which should lead to a first author publication.
  2. Develops proficiency in their chosen scientific discipline/field.
  3. Develops proficiency in their technical skills.
  4. Develops proficiency in their ancillary skills, e.g. writing, public speaking, networking, critical evaluation of scientific documents, etc.
  5. Presents scientific work both inside and outside the University.
  6. Assists with grant preparation and reporting.
  7. Prepares and submits papers on research.
  8. Assists in the design of research experiments.
  9. Evaluates research findings and assists in the reporting of the results.
  10. Conscientious discharge of his/her research responsibilities.
  11. Maintain conformity with ethical standards in research.
  12. Maintain compliance with good laboratory practice including the maintenance of adequate research records.
  13. Engage in open and timely discussion with his/her mentor regarding possession or distribution of material, reagents, or records belonging to their laboratory and any proposed disclosure of findings or techniques privately or in publications.
  14. Collegial conduct towards co-trainees, staff members and members of the research group.
  15. Adherence to all applicable University policies, procedures and regulations. All data, research records and materials and other intellectual property generated in University laboratories remain the property of the University.

Required Qualifications

  • Candidates must have an MD and/or PhD in hand by the time of hire and publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • The candidate must have demonstrated expertise in basic neuroscience research.
  • The candidate must work independently and ethically, document all research data appropriately, apply for independent funding where applicable, and publish data in qualified journals.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
  • The candidate should demonstrate potential to be trained as an independent investigator.

Preferred Qualifications

Previous experience in molecular biology, cellular electrophysiology, neuropharmacology, immunohistochemistry, neuronal cell culture, neurodevelopment, or epilepsy is preferred.

Salary Range

Base pay commensurate with experience.


This position is eligible for full-time benefits. Please visit our website at http://hr.wustl.edu to view a summary of benefits.

Applicant Special Instructions

To apply, please send CV to Dr. Laura Jansen at ljansen@wustl.edu.

Information on being a postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis can be found at postdoc.wustl.edu/prospective-postdocs.

Normal laboratory environment. Potential exposure to blood, biological, chemical and radioactive hazards. Will be working with small animals.

EOE Statement

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate - Neurology - 42391

Job ID: 42391

Location: Medical School

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular