Postdoctoral Research Associate (Franken Lab)


Position summary

A postdoctoral position is available in Dr. Tom Franken’s laboratory in the Department of Neuroscience at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The project will investigate the micro-organization and function of the cortical circuits that parse visual scenes into meaningful collections of objects and background. We use a variety of techniques including high-density electrophysiology, optogenetics, viral targeting and behavioral approaches in non-human primates. For more information on the lab, please visit

The PI is committed to mentoring and to nurturing a creative, thoughtful and collaborative lab culture. The laboratory is in an academic setting in the Department of Neuroscience at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, a large and collaborative scientific community. This provides an ideal environment to train, conduct research, and launch a career in science.

WashU Neuroscience is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 places worldwide for neuroscience research and offers an outstanding interdisciplinary training environment for early career researchers. In addition to high-quality research facilities, career and professional development training for postdoctoral researchers is provided through the Career Center, Teaching Center, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and campus groups. The St. Louis area combines the attractions of a major city with affordable lifestyle opportunities.

Postdoctoral appointees at Washington University receive a starting salary based on the NIH NRSA guidelines and a generous benefit package. Complete information on the benefit package can be found on the WUSM Human Resources Benefits website at

Additional 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

  • Ph.D. (or equivalent doctoral degree) in neuroscience (broadly defined).
  • Strong background in either electrophysiology, behavioral techniques, or scientific programming.
  • Experience in animal psychophysics.
  • Knowledge or experience in electrophysiology.
  • Creative, highly motivated, and professional.
  • Well organized and strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as part of a team, establishing and maintaining good working relationships with P.I. and other members of the research group.

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 cover letter (max. two pages outlining experience, research interests and fitness for the position), CV, and names and contact information for two to three references to Dr. Tom Franken at

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 to view a summary of benefits.

EEO/AA statement

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and especially encourages applications by those from underrepresented groups. It is the University’s policy to provide equal opportunity and access to persons in all job titles without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, protected veteran status, or genetic information.

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.