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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Psychiatry

Job Description

Job Description

Position Summary

A postdoctoral position is available to investigate neural mechanisms underlying decision making, feeding, and obesity in the Kravitz Laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Techniques include in vivo electrophysiology, optogenetics, fiber photometry, calcium imaging, and behavioral analysis.   

The PI is committed to mentorship best practices and fosters a small but collaborative lab culture. The Washington University in St. Louis research community is highly collegial, including neuroscientists across many departments. The School of Medicine has many amenities in the form of core facilities and other research infrastructure. It is consistently ranked among the top medical schools in the nation. The community of postdoctoral trainees is supported through a dedicated Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and an active Postdoc Society to foster the social and career development of trainees. St. Louis is highly livable, with many low-cost, high-quality cultural amenities.

Projects will include studying neural processes that control decision making, feeding, and body weight regulation.

Information on being a postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis can be found at https://postdoc.wustl.edu/prospective-postdocs-2/ .

Required Qualifications

Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent terminal or doctoral degree.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D., M.D. or similar degree in neuroscience, physiology, pharmacology or related discipline.
  • Experience in cellular or in vivo electrophysiology, calcium imaging, and/or behavioral analysis is strongly preferred.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively and show excellent critical thinking.
  • Strong published scholarly work.
  • Good communication skills.

Working Conditions

This position works in a laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological and chemical hazards. The individual must be physically able to wear protective equipment and to provide standard care to research animals.

Salary Range

Base pay is commensurate with experience.

Applicant Special Instructions

Interested candidates should send the following information to Dr. Lex Kravitz at alexxai@wustl.edu :

1) A cover letter explaining motivation, research experience, and interests.

2) CV.

3) The names of three references.


If you are unable to use our online application system and would like an accommodation, please email CandidateQuestions@wustl.edu  or call the dedicated accommodation inquiry number at 314-935-1149 and leave a voicemail with the nature of your request.

Pre-Employment Screening
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.

Benefits Statement
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ to view a summary of benefits.

EEO/AA Statement
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the University’s policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.

Diversity Statement
Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment – fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.

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