The Department of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is recruiting investigators at all academic levels into our collegial academic environment.
This job description specifies an excellent scientist and/or clinician-scientist to lead a program in neurostimulation and interventional psychiatry. Individuals with an MD/PhD, MD, DO, or PhD, with postdoctoral experience are eligible.
The focus is on a research program in neuromodulation and interventional psychiatry, including conducting research studies, mentoring other individuals, and collaborating across the extraordinary multi-departmental neuroscience programs (including Psychiatry, Anesthesiology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Radiology, and Neuroscience departments). This is an extraordinary opportunity to create and grow a cutting-edge program.
Depending on the individual, they may also contribute to strategic leadership of a clinical neuromodulation program. WashU Psychiatry conducts ECT, rTMS, and ketamine/esketamine interventions clinically, and there is a need for considerable growth of these programs, working with acute and outpatient psychiatry clinical leaders in the department, in order to realize this needed growth.
Applicants will have experience with different neurostimulation techniques such as: non-invasive neuromodulation (TMS, tDCS), convulsive neuromodulation (ECT), surgical neuromodulation interventions (deep brain stimulation, vagus nerve stimulation), and/or psychopharmacology interventions including esketamine/ketamine. Experience with the integration of neuroimaging techniques and/or EEG to neurostimulation research is desired. Successful applicants will have a patient-oriented research program within the spectrum of neurostimulation modalities. Applicants who are also psychiatrists will have clinical interests and skills in providing these treatments. Investigators with collaborative research programs that cross traditional boundaries are particularly encouraged to apply. Collaborations are possible across a wide range of departments and centers, including the WUSM departments previously mentioned and engineering.
Candidates must possess an MD/DO, PhD or combined MD/PhD or comparable doctoral degree.
Candidates should have a research-focused career in neuroscience, psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, neurology or rehabilitation that is focused on neurostimulation.
Candidates should be able to demonstrate that they can lead a research program in this area, including recruiting and overseeing other faculty and trainees.
Applicants must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States or have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence.
Competitive applicants will have a strong, productive postdoctoral training experience, a track record of academic productivity (e.g., peer-reviewed publications), mentorship credentials, teaching experience, and a demonstrable commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion best practices. Research or clinical fellowship in neurostimulation is encouraged. Successful applicants may provide strategic direction for the growth of the department’s clinical rTMS program.
Ability to also provide strategic leadership of clinical growth in interventional psychiatry is of interest, but not necessary.
About Washington University School of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis
Mental health is a key pillar of the strategic vision for Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Without mental health, there is no health, and accordingly WashU Psychiatry serves as a hub of interaction with many other departments, institutes, and schools at WashU. It also serves as a bridge to the St. Louis community and region. The School of Medicine is in a period of dynamic growth with construction on several new research buildings and additions relevant to Psychiatry well underway. Successful applicants will also have access to outstanding broader resources including neuroimaging facilities, sequencing and genome engineering & analysis, and institutes of Clinical and Translational Sciences, Public Health, and Informatics.
Washington University School of Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry strongly feel that by bringing together people from varying backgrounds, experiences and areas of expertise, we can develop richer solutions to complex scientific questions, train culturally sensitive clinicians and researchers, and provide health care in a way that best serves our diverse patient population. To support this excellence, we are deeply committed to building a diverse, inclusive and equitable community in which everyone is welcomed and valued.
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis offers a wide range of networking and development opportunities to women and under-represented groups. For more information on our commitment to supporting faculty and staff and building a diverse community, please see: https://diversity.wustl.edu/framework/#charts