Postdoctoral Research Associate – Psychiatry – University of Washington, United States

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Job Description

Position Summary

Dr. Sayaka Inoue’s lab is recruiting a motivated, creative, self-driven Postdoctoral Research Associate who has a background in neuroscience. Our lab is focused on understanding the molecular and circuit mechanisms underlying hormone-dependent changes in behaviors, aiming to understand the etiology of women’s neuropsychiatric symptoms related to premenstrual syndrome, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and menopausal syndrome. We utilize mouse molecular systems and neuroscience techniques.

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

Diversity is a core value at Washington University School of Medicine and in the Department of Psychiatry. We are committed to building and sustaining inclusive and equitable working and learning environments for all students, staff, trainees, and faculty. We believe that building a diverse team enriches us individually and as a department by exposing us to a broad range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design and deliver solutions. In order to achieve these objectives, candidates are expected to align with the school’s mission of promoting inclusive excellence. They should be prepared to further this objective within Washington University and collaborate with diverse communities of students, faculty, staff, trainees, and patients. Visit our Websites to learn more about DEI initiatives in the Department of Psychiatry ( and at WUSM (

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Trains under the supervision of a faculty mentor including (but not limited to):

  • Manages their own project, which should lead to a first author publication.
  • Develops expertise in cutting-edge technologies.
  • Develops proficiency in career skills, including writing, public speaking, networking, and critical evaluation of scientific literature.
  • Develops mentorship skills by training junior students and staff.
  • Presents scientific work both inside and outside the University.
  • Assists with grant preparation and reporting.
  • Maintains compliance with good laboratory practice including the maintenance of adequate research records.
  • Assures compliance with University policies, procedures, and regulations.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD and/or MD in neuroscience or a related discipline.
  • Experience with techniques in molecular systems or neuroscience.
  • Organized, independent, and self-motivated.
  • Ability to be highly productive in a collaborative work environment.
  • Written and oral communication skills.
  • 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.
  • Collegial conduct towards co-trainees, staff members, and members of the research group.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong publication record.

Working Conditions

Works in laboratory environment with potential exposure to biological, chemical and laser 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.


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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.

Caractéristiques de l'emploi

Catégorie emploiPsychologie, Postdoctoral

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