The Department of Neuroscience at Washington University School of Medicine seeks investigators with the passion to create knowledge, pursue bold visions and challenge canonical thinking as we expand into our new, state-of-the art, 10-story purpose-built neurosciences research building.

neuron labeled in fluorescent green surrounded by cells labeled red and blue

We are seeking tenure track investigators at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor to join our community of world-class researchers in neuroscience.

The Department aims to complement our interdisciplinary research strengths in molecular, cellular, circuits, systems, cognitive, computational and theoretical neuroscience, using a variety of different animal models including non-human primates.

Research areas include but are not limited to:

  • fundamental mechanisms of sleep and circadian rhythms
  • sensory systems
  • perception
  • navigation
  • learning and memory
  • decision making
  • circuits underlying large-scale brain dynamics and motor control

Investigators seeking to understand the development of neural circuits, synapse formation, physiological synaptic integration, neuromodulation and the function of glia are encouraged to apply.

Washington University Medical School is one of the leading centers in the world for imaging with world-class facilities for cellular and sub-cellular imaging as well as human and animal MRI. We are therefore also seeking investigators developing and/or using cutting-edge technologies in neuroscience.

The Department’s focus on fundamental neuroscience, outstanding research support facilities, and the depth, breadth and collegiality of our culture provide an exceptional environment to take your front-line research program to the next level. 

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our Department highly values all our researchers, staff and trainees, and we provide an inclusive environment for people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We are dedicated to advancing diversity and inclusion, core values shared by the School of Medicine and the entire university. Facilitated by the Department of Neuroscience liaison to the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Washington University School of Medicine, we are enabling initiatives that promote diversity and ensure that the department continues to be a welcoming place for everyone.

We recognize the history of exclusionary policies and biases that have limited the participation of certain groups in academia and in science, and the Department of Neuroscience seeks to provide a place where all are supported in advancing their education and careers. To individuals interested in joining the department, we pledge to give full consideration to all applicants regardless of race, color, ethnicity, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ability, gender identity or expression and national origin. Collaboration and inclusion are hallmarks of Washington University and the foundation for our success. 

Application instructions

To apply, submit materials to the application portal. When prompted by the system to upload their CV, applicants should submit an application packet (PDF format) that only contains the items listed below, in the order listed:

  1. Cover letter describing your interest in our Department
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Research statement (of no more than 3 pages)

Please arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent to c/o Professor Linda J. Richards, Head, Department of Neuroscience, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO 63110.

Review of applications will begin on October 25, 2021.

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Our new neuroscience research facility

In March 2020, Washington University broke ground on a 609,000 square foot neuroscience research building that will house more than 100 labs across a variety of neuroscience disciplines. Faculty will begin moving into the facility in 2023.

About St. Louis

The 30+ faculty members in the Department of Neuroscience have their labs on the campus of the Washington University School of Medicine, located in the heart of St. Louis. The campus is bordered on one side by Forest Park, one of the largest urban parks in the US, and on the other by the charming Central West End neighborhood, which includes shopping, dining and housing. 

Washington University School of Medicine campus borders Forest Park.

The St. Louis metro area is a diverse mix of 2.8 million residents. Whether you prefer an expansive suburban yard or the energy of a bustling city neighborhood, St. Louis offers affordable housing, ample parking, abundant green space and a variety of public, private and parochial school options, all within very short commute times—whether that’s on foot, bicycle, public transportation or car.

In addition to its iconic Arch, the city boasts exceptional cultural venues, including a free art museum and zoo in Forest Park, the St. Louis Science Center, the World Chess Hall of Fame, dozens of local breweries, world-class restaurants and one of the winningest teams in baseball, our beloved St. Louis Cardinals. St. Louis is also a short drive to the beautiful Ozark mountains, with its caves, spring-fed rivers and protected forests. In 2021, Time Magazine ranked St. Louis among the world’s greatest places.