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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Neurology - 50761
University of Washington in Seattle, Washington
Date Posted 02/26/2021
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.  This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions


This postdoctoral position is in the laboratory of Dr. Yo-El Ju at Washington University in St. Louis (sites.wustl.edu/yoelju ). The focus of the lab is the interaction of sleep and neurodegenerative diseases. The primary responsibility of the postdoctoral researcher role will be the “Biomarkers of Alzheimer disease in Sleep and Electroencephalography” (BASE) study, which seeks to develop biomarkers from biological signals (primarily electroencephalography, polysomnography, and actigraphy) to detect and track Alzheimer pathology in the preclinical stages. The postdoctoral researcher will develop signal analysis methods to extract potential biomarkers, and apply statistical methods such as machine learning to assess these neurophysiologic biomarkers against biofluid markers, clinical features, and neurocognitive performance. This appointment is not part of a clinical training program and is expected to last no more than five years.

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


  • Performs computational/programming work for data preprocessing, signal analysis and algorithm development for biomarker extraction/detection, combination of multi-modal data, and application of machine learning and other statistical approaches for development of neurophysiologic biomarkers.
  • Seeks out relevant scientific literature and engages with other relevant faculty/labs (both at Washington University and externally) to ensure research activities are cutting-edge, high quality, and impactful.
  • Prepares oral and written reports in a timely manner, including peer-reviewed manuscripts, conference abstracts, lectures/presentations, grant applications, and reports to the NIH and other funding agencies.
  • Complies with ethical standards in research, good laboratory practice including maintenance of research records, and all applicable university, local, state, and federal policies and regulations.
  • Oversees junior trainees and students and educates relevant lab members on ongoing developments.

  • Required Qualifications

    Ph.D. in a relevant field, M.D., or equivalent doctorate degree.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Education or experience in neuroscience, computer science, engineering, data science, mathematics, statistics, or a related field.
    • Prior experience in sleep or neurodegeneration.
    • Strong background in scientific computing/programming (Matlab, Python, R, C, etc) and statistical analysis.
    • Outstanding written and oral communication skills, including writing scientific manuscripts and presentations.
    • Detail-oriented, excellent record-keeping skills.
    • Self-motivated, able to manage own time effectively, productive.

    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

    Interested applicants can send a CV and references to Dr. Ju at juy@wustl.edu .

    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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