Postdoctoral Research Associate (Shaw Lab)

Sleep regulation, plasticity & memory consolidation

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Position summary

A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the lab of Dr. Paul Shaw in the Neuroscience Department at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis to study the molecular and cellular bases for sleep regulation, plasticity and memory consolidation in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to learn and apply molecular, genetic, physiological, and behavioral tools to study mechanisms by which sleep might influence plasticity. 

Washington University School of Medicine offers a highly collaborative, top-notch training and research environment in neuroscience and the biomedical sciences. WashU’s community is a very active and highly regarded neuroscience community, and is an excellent training environment for postdoctoral fellows.

Information on being a postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis can be found at

Required qualifications

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

Preferred qualifications

  • Doctoral degree in the biological sciences, or in related disciplines.
  • Prior experience in working with flies, and a broad understanding of genetic principles, is strongly preferred.

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

Interested candidates should email their curriculum vitae, a letter of interest outlining experience and research goals, and the names and contact information of at least three references to Dr. Paul Shaw at

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