Postdoctoral Research Associate - Arts and Sciences

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Washington, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Job Type: FullTime

Job Description

Position Summary

A postdoctoral research position is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Keith Hengen, and if applicable, in collaboration with the laboratory of Dr. Eva Dyer. The Hengen Lab is broadly interested in the fundamental principles of reliable computation in the intact brain. Through this lens, the Hengen Lab studies sleep, neurodegenerative disease, and complex behavior. The Hengen Lab takes a multidisciplinary approach to addressing scientific questions: the lab is enriched in high-density multi-site in vivo single unit electrophysiology in freely behaving animals, cellular neuroscience (patch clamp), and computational/theoretical neuroscience. A close collaboration with the Dyer Lab focuses on developing new mathematical approaches and machine learning tools to reveal structure in large and complex datasets.

Applicants with expertise in any of these areas are encouraged to apply. There will be an opportunity to train in complementary methods. The Hengen Lab is located on the Danforth Campus of Washington University in Saint Louis.

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

  • Data analysis
  • Data collection
  • Manuscript preparation
  • Experimental learning
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in the fields of neurophysiology, animal behavior, applied math, and computer science.
  • Emerging leader who is highly motivated and excited to combine their current skill-sets and ideas with new and diverse approaches.
  • Competitive applicants will have some mixture of skills in cutting edge experimental methods (e.g. in vivo electrophysiology, behavioral neuroscience, patch clamping), data science (e.g., deep learning), or theory (e.g., the design and construction of models).

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

Please send a curriculum vitae and contact information for two or more references to Dr. Keith Hengen, khengen@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

A postdoctoral research position is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Keith Hengen, and if applicable, in collaboration with the laboratory of Dr. Eva Dyer. The Hengen Lab is broadly interested in the fundamental principles of reliable computation in the intact brain. Through this lens, the Hengen Lab studies sleep, neurodegenerative disease, and complex behavior. The Hengen Lab takes a multidisciplinary approach to addressing scientific questions: the lab is enriched in high-density multi-site in vivo single unit electrophysiology in freely behaving animals, cellular neuroscience (patch clamp), and computational/theoretical neuroscience. A close collaboration with the Dyer Lab focuses on developing new mathematical approaches and machine learning tools to reveal structure in large and complex datasets.

Applicants with expertise in any of these areas are encouraged to apply. There will be an opportunity to train in complementary methods. The Hengen Lab is located on the Danforth Campus of Washington University in Saint Louis.

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

  • Data analysis
  • Data collection
  • Manuscript preparation
  • Experimental learning
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in the fields of neurophysiology, animal behavior, applied math, and computer science.
  • Emerging leader who is highly motivated and excited to combine their current skill-sets and ideas with new and diverse approaches.
  • Competitive applicants will have some mixture of skills in cutting edge experimental methods (e.g. in vivo electrophysiology, behavioral neuroscience, patch clamping), data science (e.g., deep learning), or theory (e.g., the design and construction of models).

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

Please send a curriculum vitae and contact information for two or more references to Dr. Keith Hengen, khengen@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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