Job ID: 60182

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Position: Post-doctoral Position

Deadline: 15 November 2021

Employment Start Date: 1 December 2021

City: Saint Louis

Country: United States

Institution: Washington Univeristy in St Louis

Department: Neuroscience



Two postdoctoral positions are available to investigate the molecular events that dictate the regenerative response of sensory neurons in Dr. Valeria Cavalli’s laboratory in the Department of Neuroscience at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. One project will investigate how satellite glial cells, which completely surround sensory neurons, communicate with neurons to promote axon regeneration. A second project will investigate the mechanisms by which the neuronal microenvironment, including macrophages, mesenchymal cells and a new cell type we identified that shares both immune and glial features, contributes to neural repair. Our goal is to understand how injured peripheral nerves regenerate, and apply that information to improve nerve repair in both the peripheral and central nervous systems.

We accomplish both goals using the mouse model system and apply a combination of biochemistry, cell biology, in vitro and in vivo imaging techniques and single cell sequencing approaches. Using human tissue, we determine whether the findings made in the mouse model system are relevant to human physiology.

For additional information visit the Cavalli Lab website

The PI is committed to mentoring and to nurturing a creative, thoughtful and collaborative lab culture. The laboratory is in an academic setting in the Department of Neuroscience at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, an internationally recognized research institution consistently ranked among the top five medical schools in the country. The extreme collegiality of Washington University combined with the large Neuroscience Community and extensive infrastructural and core facility support creates a dynamic research environment in many areas of basic and clinical science. Postdoctoral appointees at Washington University receive a starting salary based on the NIH NRSA guidelines and a generous benefit package. Complete information on the benefit package is located on the WUSM Human Resources Benefits Website Postdocs are also supported through a dedicated Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and an active Postdoc Society with many professional development opportunities. The St. Louis area combines the attractions of a major city with affordable lifestyle opportunities.


  • PhD in life sciences with less than 2 years of prior post-doctoral experience
  • Committed to a career in neuroscience research, highly motivated and independent
  • Expertise in molecular neuroscience and/or cellular biology

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should send the following to Valeria Cavalli

  1. Cover letter describing motivation, research experience and interests
  2. CV
  3. Names of three references

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.

Committed to diversity & inclusion

Our Department highly values all our researchers, staff and trainees, and we provide an inclusive environment for people from diverse backgrounds and experiences. We are dedicated to advancing diversity and inclusion, core values shared by the School of Medicine and the entire university. Facilitated by assistant professor Jason Yi, the Department of Neuroscience liaison to the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Washington University School of Medicine, we are enabling initiatives that promote diversity and ensure that the department continues to be a welcoming place for everyone.

We recognize the history of exclusionary policies and biases that have limited the participation of certain groups in academia and in science, and the Department of Neuroscience seeks to provide a place where all are supported in advancing their education and careers. To individuals interested in joining the department, we pledge to give full consideration to all applicants regardless of race, color, ethnicity, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, ability, gender identity or expression and national origin. Collaboration and inclusion are hallmarks of Washington University and the foundation for our success.