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Faculty Position - Research Director of Neurostimulation and Interventional Psychiatry

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Department - Psychiatry

Track - Investigator/tenure track appointment

Rank - Rank commensurate with experience.

Faculty Position - Research Director of Neurostimulation and Interventional Psychiatry

Position Description

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.

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.

WashU Psychiatry provides s ongoing clinical programs delivering electroconvulsive therapy,  rTMS, and ketamine/esketamine.  Clinically oriented candidates may also have the opportunity to contribute to the clinical neuromodulation program.  In addition, clinical scientists may work collaborative with clinical leaders in the Department  and participate in strategic planning processes to support the growth of the interventional clinical program and to contribute with fulfillment of research goals.

About Psychiatry and Washington University School of Medicine

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.

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.

Basic Qualifications

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.

Preferred Qualifications

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.

MD, DO or Board Certified or eligible psychiatrists are encouraged to apply. 

Application process

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a one-page summary of research accomplishments, and a one-page description of future research plans to https://facultyopportunities.wustl.edu. “Select Department=Psychiatry”. Names and contact information for three references will be required during the application process.

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action. It is the university’s policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability, or genetic information. Washington University seeks an exceptionally qualified and diverse faculty; women, minorities, protected veterans and candidates with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


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