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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Institute for Informatics - 37752

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Washington University


Saint Louis, MO

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EOE Statement:

Washington University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Post Doc Instructions:

Please do not submit an application to this posting.  To apply for this postdoctoral research opportunity, follow the directions below in “Applicant Special Instructions”.

Job Type/Schedule:

This position is full-time and works approximately 40 hours per week.  Position hours are generally Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Evening and weekends may be necessary.

Department Name/Job Location:

This position is in the newly established

Institute for Informatics

.  This position is for the Medical School Campus.

Essential Functions:

The Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Institute for Informatics will engage in mentored research programs focusing upon population or public health informatics, and will have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty and trainees in the following major areas: 1) translational bioinformatics; 2) clinical research informatics; 3) clinical or health informatics; and/or 4) biomedical data science.  Individuals will develop, execute, and report on complex research projects involving the collection/generation, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of qualitative and quantitative results, under the supervisions of faculty mentors.  In addition, such individuals will: 1) participate in the development of publications, presentation, and funding applications; and 2) manage and instruct graduate and undergraduate trainees.

Assists in the design of research experiments, including data generation/collection, analysis, and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative results.

Prepares and submits peer-reviewed conference and journal abstracts and papers resulting from research experiments.

Assist in the preparation and submission of extramural funding proposals.

Mentorship and instruction of undergraduate and graduate trainees.

Conscientious discharge of his/her research responsibilities and maintenance of conformity with legal and ethical standards in research.

Maintain compliance with appropriate data management and analysis best practices including the maintenance of adequate documentation of all relevant tasks and activities, as well as the deposition and sharing of all data sources and types generated via research activities.

Collegial conduct towards co-trainees, staff members and members of the research group.

Adherence to all applicable University policies, procedures and regulations.  All data, research records and materials and other intellectual property generated in University laboratories remain the property of the University.

Required Qualifications:

The appointee has earned a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent terminal or doctoral degree in Biomedical/Health Informatics, Computer Science, Information Science, Public Health, Nursing or an equivalent field of study.

Preferred Qualifications:

Demonstrated ability to implement data management and analysis procedures, conduct research and records findings.

Salary Range:

The hiring range for this position is commensurate with experience.

Pre-Employment Screening:

Offers made for this position are contingent upon the successful completion of all required pre-employment screens, including a criminal background check, hair sample drug screen, and verification of required professional licenses, registrations, or certifications.

Department Summary:

Washington University Institute for Informatics:

The modern healthcare and life sciences environments have experienced a fundamental shift towards trans-disciplinary, integrative, and data-intensive approaches to basic, clinical, and translational research.  These developments have been coupled with the widespread use of information technology platforms in order to re-engineer of healthcare delivery and achieve greater value alongside improved outcomes and safety. The complex data, information, and knowledge needs associated with these trends requires a comprehensive and systems-level approach to Biomedical Informatics research, education, and practice.  In response to the aforementioned factors, Washington University (WU) has created the Institute for Informatics, providing an academic and professional home for informatics science and practice.   The Institute spans The School of Medicine (SOM) as well as partnerships with the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Institute for Public Health, the Brown School, the Olin School of Business, the Innovations Incubator at BJC HealthCare, and the Cortex Innovation Community.  The institute engages in innovative research, workforce development, and informatics service delivery targeting a variety of critical areas of need, including:

The integration and dissemination of heterogeneous data, information, and knowledge resources;

Computational approaches to the interpretation of bio-molecular, image, and clinical phenotypes to inform precision medicine;

The acceleration of clinical and translational research through the systematic management of study protocols, data resources, and analytical pipelines;

The creation of learning healthcare systems in which cyclical evidence generation and application becomes integral to care delivery;

The use of ubiquitous computing and sensing technologies capable of facilitating population health monitoring and intervention strategies; and

Methodological and technical approaches to enable and enhance research reproducibility and rigor.

The Institute for Informatics is led by Dr. Philip Payne, and draws upon a multi-disciplinary team of faculty investigators, technical staff, and trainees as well as he departments and institutes comprising the SOM and partnering academic units from throughout WU.  In this way, the institute spans traditional organizational boundaries and provides for a crosscutting community-of-practice that enhances and extends the academic and operational strengths of WU and that leverages the unique living laboratory afforded by the WU, BJC HealthCare, and the Cortex Innovation Community.


This position is eligible for full-time benefits.  Please visit our website at

to view a summary of Postdoctoral Research Associate benefits.

Applicant Special Instructions:

Please submit your application materials to:

Richard Patrick Fair

Manager, Financial Operations

General Medical Sciences Division

Department of Medicine - Washington University School of Medicine  

4523 Clayton Avenue | Campus Box 8005 | St. Louis, Missouri  63110


Internal Applicant Instruction:

Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account.  If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor.   To attach these documents, go to:  My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.

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Washington University in St. Louis’ mission is to discover and disseminate knowledge, and protect the freedom of inquiry through research, teaching and learning. Washington University creates an environment to encourage and support an ethos of wide-ranging exploration. Washington University’s faculty and staff strive to enhance the lives and livelihoods of students, the people of the greater St. Louis community, the country and the world.

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