Staff Scientist (Neurohistologist)


Position summary

The laboratory of Professor Linda Richards at Washington University in St Louis is seeking a dynamic individual with experience in neurohistology to develop cutting edge techniques in our laboratory and to create a collaborative environment between our laboratory and other laboratories at Washington University.

The ideal candidate will have a background in neuroscience and experience in a variety of tissue preparation and sectioning techniques, including paraffin embedding and sectioning, vibratome and cryostat sectioning, multi-color immunohistochemistry, staining of cell-type specific structures, in situ hybridization and multi-color combined in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry, tissue clearing and imaging.

The candidate will have a sophisticated understanding of microscopy and experience with bright-field, fluorescence and confocal microscopy, as well as image acquisition, image processing, data storage and preparation of figures for publications and grant applications.

We are seeking a professional with experience working with a variety of different animal models including mouse, rat and possibly non-human primate and/or human brain tissue. The candidate will have a good understanding of brain development and anatomy.

It is expected that the candidate will develop a reputation as an outstanding collaborator and will provide training in neurohistology and mentorship of students and fellows.

This position assists in developing and conducting research projects, including experimental design, data analysis and documentation of experimental results.

Primary duties & responsibilities

  • Per discussions with principal investigator, designs research protocols, including developing procedures for the collection, verification and management of data.
  • May perform complex statistical analysis of data collected and write interpretative reports.  Verifies the correctness of the data and make recommendations based on these analyses.
  • Documents research topics, prepares and submits papers based on research work to publications and committees for publication or presentation to peers.
  • Solves practical problems relating to difficulties with equipment or test subjects.  Suggests technical or procedural improvements in testing methods.
  • Conducts literature searches related to research project.

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.

Preferred qualifications

  • Experience in a variety of tissue preparation and sectioning techniques.
  • Sophisticated understanding of microscopy.
  • Experience with bright-field, fluorescence and confocal microscopy.
  • Experience working with a variety of different animal models, including mouse, rat and possibly non-human primate and/or human brain tissue.
  • Experience with image acquisition, image processing, data storage and preparation of figures for publications and grant applications.
  • Analytical, reasoning and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret statistical data and to communicate data in a clear, concise manner. 
  • Computer literacy, including the ability to use a variety of software packages to analyze data.

Required qualifications

Master’s degree with four years of experience in research lab operations or an equivalent combination of education and experience equaling nine years.



Salary Range

$44,700.00 – $81,200.00 / Annually

The salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one’s qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.

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 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 ID JR68440