Opportunity Details

Department of Neurosurgery


Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor / Associate Professor – Tenure Track Faculty Position – Brain Tumor Center

Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM), the Department of Neurological Surgery, the Brain Tumor Center (BTC), and the Alvin J. Siteman Comprehensive Cancer Center in St. Louis invite applications for new faculty positions. Primary appointments will be on the tenure-track within the Department of Neurological Surgery, at the Assistant or Associate Professor level. The successful candidate will develop and lead a vibrant, independent, collaborative, and cutting-edge research program and will share our commitment to undergraduate and graduate education by supervising post-doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate research as well as teaching courses. 

The applicant’s research program should be broadly focused on one or more of the four signature programs of the WUSM BTC, i.e., convergence science (device technology and nanotechnology), brain tumor immunology (fundamental understanding of T and myeloid cell biology and tumor immune evasion; synthetic biology; immunometabolism; immunogenomics; and vaccine development), brain tumor biology (tumor and immune metabolism; cancer stem cells; and cancer neuroscience) and epigenetics. For details, please visit the BTC website at: https://braintumorcenter.wustl.edu. 

The BTC is centered within the vibrant community of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis a global leader in cancer biology, neuroscience, immunology, molecular imaging, and high-speed comprehensive genomic and epigenetic research. Research laboratories from neurosurgery, neurology, medical and pediatric oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, immunology & pathology, and genetics seek new treatments for the most common as well as rare brain tumors. Leveraging cutting-edge medical, surgical, and radiation technologies at the Alvin J. Siteman Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of the nation’s elite cancer research institutions, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital, our physicians and scientists have developed a broad-based clinical research portfolio with over 35 ongoing clinical trials. 

Beginning in 2023, BTC research laboratories will be housed within the new $616 million, 11-story and 609,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art Neuroscience Research Building — which will be one of the largest neuroscience research buildings in the country. At the eastern edge of the Washington University Medical Campus, the building will sit in the 200-acre Cortex Innovation Community, one of the fastest-growing business, innovation, and technology hubs in the United States. 

WUSM is a global leader in a wide range of frontier research arenas across all its basic science and clinical departments. Specifically, WUSM has deep research strengths in the rapidly evolving area of immunology and is also leading the way in imaging research and high-speed comprehensive genomic and epigenetic research. With the unique size and breadth of neurosciences at the University, there is a wealth of opportunities for collaboration both within the School of Medicine and across the campus. The successful applicant will build on the campus-wide excellence in basic immunology, neuro-immunology, tumor immunology, biomedical engineering and material sciences, imaging, and genomics, to develop a world-class brain tumor research program.   

Candidates are expected to have a PhD, MD or an equivalent degree in the field of immunology, biology, chemistry, physical sciences, or an engineering field. We are interested in candidates who are committed to and will contribute to our goals towards diversity and inclusion.


Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a research statement summarizing past and describing future efforts (~3-5 pages). In addition, candidates should provide a statement on diversity, inclusion, and belonging, including past and current contributions as well as their vision and plans in these areas.  Application materials should be submitted in PDF format, addressed to the BTC Search Committee and sent to Gretchen Blow (blowg@wustl.edu). In addition, applicants will be asked to enter the names and contact information for three references who will provide letters of recommendation on their behalf. 

Screening of complete applications will begin October 1st, 2022. 

Questions should be emailed with the subject header “BTC Faculty Search” to blowg@wustl.edu


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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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