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Cognitive Neuroscience Postdoc

Washington University School of Medicine, Child Psychiatry
Saint Louis, Missouri
NIH postdoc pay scale
Closing date
Mar 28, 2023

The Cognitive & Perceptual Development Lab under the direction of John R. Pruett, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. ( at Washington University School of Medicine seeks a cognitive neuroscience postdoc to work with fcMRI data acquired in large studies of brain and behavior development in infants at elevated likelihood for autism and infants with Down syndrome. Competitive candidates will have training in systems neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, and/or developmental/experimental psychology. Facility with programming in Python, MATLAB, and/or C is required.

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

Primary Duties & Responsibilities (not limited to)

  • Trains under the supervision of Dr. John Pruett
  • Performs data processing and analyses
  • Generates and tests hypotheses about brain-behavior relationships in autism and Down syndrome
  • Presents findings locally and nationally
  • Assists with grant preparation and reporting
  • Prepares and submits scientific papers for publication
  • Assists with supervision of students and technicians

Working Conditions

  • Dry lab / data analysis
  • MRI scanning
  • Behavioral assessments

Minimum Requirements

  • Ph.D. in neuroscience, psychology, or a related field
  • Experience with fcMRI, programing, and statistics


NIH postdoc pay scale

Applicant Special Instructions

Applicants should send a CV, cover letter, and two letters of reference to John Pruett 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 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.

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