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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Psychiatry - 52008
University of Washington in Seattle, Washington
Date Posted 05/20/2021
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 Psychiatry.  This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions

The Washington Early Recognition Center (WERC) has an open postdoctoral training position through two new NIH-funded projects.

The applicant’s main appointment will be in the Washington Early Recognition Center (http://werc.wustl.edu ) in the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Department of Psychiatry. WERC is a clinical and research center focused on adolescents and young adults who are in an early stage of a psychotic disorder like schizophrenia, or who have prodromal/clinical high-risk symptoms. WERC uses cutting-edge multi-modal neuroimaging tools to understand the brain of those with psychotic symptoms, with the goal of applying these tools to help guide interventions.

Two projects funded by the National Institute of Mental Health are applicable to this position. The first is a multi-site U01 project, and the largest study to date of psychosis-risk populations. This study will use multi-modality MRI (functional connectivity, diffusion, structural) and other biomarkers to characterize high-risk populations and their longitudinal trajectories, and identify predictors of psychosis conversion. A second related project will pioneer cutting-edge, multi-modality MRI imaging research in Kenya, also in a psychosis-risk population which will be longitudinally followed. The postdoctoral fellow will be an integral member of this scientific team and will have rich opportunities to publish throughout the study. The fellow will also be encouraged and supported to develop supplementary studies via the NIH NRSA and/or K Award mechanisms in addition to smaller foundation grants. The postdoctoral fellow will also be involved in training international researchers in neuroimaging processing and analysis.

The Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry provides an ideal training environment for postdoctoral fellows, including the Career and Research Development Seminars designed to promote the professional, career development, and grantsmanship skills necessary to launch an independent career through the NIH K Award mechanism. St. Louis and the local surrounding areas offer an affordable, diverse, and family-friendly community with rich university resources.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree in a neuroscience, psychology, or engineering-related field.
  • Fluency in MATLAB, Python, or a related language.
  • Experience with brain MRI-based research.
  • Ability to implement cutting-edge neuroimaging analysis techniques.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Research experience in psychosis, schizophrenia or bipolar disorder.
  • Excellent publication record.

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

The postdoctoral fellowship is open immediately. Applicants will be considered until the position is filled.

To apply please send a cover letter, C.V., and names and contact information of three references to Daniel Mamah, MD at mamahd@wustl.edu . Questions can be addressed to Dr. Mamah directly. 

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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