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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Neurology
University of Washington in Medical Lake, Washington
 
 
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Date Posted 05/17/2022
Category
Postdoctoral-Neuroscience
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

Job Description

Position Summary

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.

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

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conceives, designs, and analyzes 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.
  • Studies new PET imaging using multiple tracers for amyloid, tau, and inflammation.
  • Develops and implements 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.
  • 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 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).
  • 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.
  • Strong written communication skills.
  • Attention to detail, organizational capability, and the ability to handle multiple concurrent tasks.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team in a fast paced environment.

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

Step 1) To apply, please send a letter of interest and CV to Dr. Beau Ances bances@wustl.edu .

Step 2) Please arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent to the contact below:

Beau Ances M.D., Ph.D.

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


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 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability status, protected veteran status, national or ethnic origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation. Women, minorities, protected veterans and the disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.


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.

Job Description

Position Summary

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.

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

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conceives, designs, and analyzes 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.
  • Studies new PET imaging using multiple tracers for amyloid, tau, and inflammation.
  • Develops and implements 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.
  • 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 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).
  • 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.
  • Strong written communication skills.
  • Attention to detail, organizational capability, and the ability to handle multiple concurrent tasks.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team in a fast paced environment.

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

Step 1) To apply, please send a letter of interest and CV to Dr. Beau Ances bances@wustl.edu .

Step 2) Please arrange for three confidential letters of reference to be sent to the contact below:

Beau Ances M.D., Ph.D.

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


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 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability status, protected veteran status, national or ethnic origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation. Women, minorities, protected veterans and the disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.


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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