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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Neurology/Neuro Infectious Disease - 50358
University of Washington in Seattle, Washington
Date Posted 01/27/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

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”.

Department Name/Job Location

This position is in the Department of Neurology/Neuro Infectious Disease.  This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions


Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the Ances Laboratory at Washington University in St. Louis. The primary focus of the lab is to understand how neurodegenerative diseases (especially Alzheimer’s disease) disrupt brain organization and mediates symptoms. Results are expected to have broad implications not only for understanding the pathophysiology of neurodegenerative disorders but more generally for understanding the relationship between brain physiology, anatomy, and behavior. The laboratory utilizes state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and positron emission tomography (PET) (amyloid, tau, and neuroinflammation) research facilities and has an outstanding record of productivity. Writing manuscripts and applying for independent grants will be strongly encouraged.

The primary responsibility of the postdoctoral fellow will be to conceive, design, and analyze studies pertaining to the effect of neurodegenerative disease on structural (e.g., volumetric imaging and diffusion tensor imaging [DTI]) and functional (e.g., blood oxygen level dependent [BOLD] imaging and arterial spin labeling [ASL]) brain organization. This individual will also have the ability to study new PET imaging using multiple tracers for amyloid, tau, and inflammation. Anticipated activities entail development and implementation of new analytic strategies to facilitate understanding of disease in the human brain, integration of large multi-modal imaging datasets, and analysis of the relationship between brain imaging markers and cognition or clinical status. Strong written communication skills are required. Attention to detail, organizational capability, and the ability to handle multiple concurrent tasks are essential. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to be able to work independently as well as part of a team in a fast paced environment.  The appointee trains under the supervision of a faculty member or a department in research.  The appointment is not part of a clinical training program.

The appointment is of limited duration generally, not to exceed five years cumulatively unless there are extenuating circumstances.


  • Manages their own project, preparing and submitting papers on research.
  • Assists with grant preparation and reporting.
  • Assists in the design of research experiments.
  • Develops proficiency in their ancillary skills, e.g. writing, public speaking, networking, critical evaluation of scientific documents, etc.
  • Evaluates research findings and assists in the reporting of scientific work both inside and outside the University.
  • Provides guidance and mentorship for more junior lab members.
  • Maintains conscientious discharge of their research responsibilities.
  • Maintains conformity with ethical standards in research.
  • Complies with good laboratory practice, including the maintenance of adequate research records.
  • Conducts open and timely discussion with their 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.
  • Maintains collegial conduct towards co-trainees, staff members and members of the research group.
  • Adheres 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

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

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Ph.D. in neuroscience, computer science, physics, engineering, mathematics, psychology, or related fields.
    • Previous experience in computational methods, scientific programming, and/or neuroimaging data analysis.
    • Experience in computer programming (e.g. Matlab, shell scripting, Python, C), image processing (e.g. custom routines, FSL, AFNI, Freesurfer), and statistical analyses (R, SPSS) is beneficial.
    • Strong background in scientific computing (e.g., Unix/Linux experience).
    • Academic proficiency in statistics is strongly desired.
    • Experience designing or adopting statistical approaches to address neurobiological questions.
    • Strong publication record or experience with writing grant applications.
    • Highly motivated with excellent analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills.

    Salary Range

    Base pay commensurate with experience.

    Pre-Employment Screening

    All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. Current employees applying for a new position within the university may be subject to this requirement. The screenings will include a criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, 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.


    This position is eligible for full-time benefits.  Please click the following link to view a summary of benefits:  https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ .

    Applicant Special Instructions

    To apply, please send a letter of interest and CV to bances@wustl.edu . Please arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent to the address below. Only applicants considered for employment will be contacted.

    Contact Information:

    Beau Ances MD, PhD
    Daniel J Brennan MD Professor of Neurology
    Washington University in Saint Louis
    Box 8111
    660 South Euclid Ave
    Saint Louis, MO  63110
    Email: bances@wustl.edu

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

    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.

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