Opportunity Details

Department of Neurology



Commensurate w/Experience

Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Investigator Faculty (Full-Time), and Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network (DIAN) and DIAN Trials Unit (DIAN-TU) Biomarker Core Co-Leader

The Department of Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, in collaboration with the Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network (DIAN) and the DIAN Trials Unit (DIAN-TU) is seeking an exceptional PhD, MD, or MD/PhD faculty candidate with experience in neurodegenerative diseases and biomarker assay development. The Department, DIAN, and DIAN-TU is particularly interested in and values candidates who have experience working with persons from diverse backgrounds (e.g., race, ethnicity, disability, LGBTQIA+, refugee/IDPs, rural populations), along with a demonstrated commitment to cultural competence and the delivery of culturally responsive health care and research.



The position is for a tenure track faculty appointment at a rank commensurate with academic experience and qualifications. The successful candidate with split time approximately 70/30 between the two primary roles of lab-based biomarker research and Biomarker Core Leader roles. 


Approximately seventy percent of effort will be focused on independently funded research related to neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD), and leading projects primarily focused on developing and validating molecular biomarkers for ADRD in both symptomatic and asymptomatic stages.


Approximately thirty percent of effort will be devoted to the Biomarker Core of the DIAN and DIAN-TU, an advanced worldwide observational study and adaptive trial platform that tests therapeutics targeting the pathophysiology of Alzheimer’s disease with the goal to slow, stop or reverse Alzheimer’s disease. As the DIAN/DIAN-TU Biomarker Core co-Leader, the candidate will provide scientific and project oversight for large scale, multi-modal research projects investigating fluid biomarkers in Alzheimer’s disease and collaborate with global scientific leaders, Pharma partners, and regulatory agencies such as the FDA and EMA.


Successful candidates should have wet lab experience, clinical biomarkers, and also be familiar with and/or have experience in clinical studies. Candidates should have leadership experience including project management, personnel supervision, task delegation, decision making, data analyses and interpretation, conflict resolution, and effective communication, preferably in the context of multi-disciplinary/multi-functional research teams. Experience working in culturally diverse environments is highly preferred, and successful candidates should possess competencies and capacity for  multi-cultural biomedical research settings. The candidate is expected to work collaboratively with faculty in the DIAN/DIAN-TU and with other groups in pursuing research related to ADRD.


The candidate will identify new directions for research, formulate research protocols, submit grant applications to obtain funding to support the research, and present and publish the research findings in the appropriate forums. It is expected that the candidate will be (or become) an independent investigator and obtain the resources to develop and lead their laboratory. Participation in the Department’s educational mission to the community, students, residents, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty is encouraged.


Consistent with its academic mission and standards, the Washington University School of Medicine is committed to achieving excellence through diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging. As a community of faculty, staff and students engaged in research, patient care, scholarship, teaching and learning, the School of Medicine fosters an environment that is diverse, humane, and welcoming. Efforts are made to provide a supportive environment in which people from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures may encounter each other in a spirit of cooperation, openness, belonging, and mutual respect.



Doctorate in Science, Medicine, or related field with at least 2 years of biomarker experience. 

A PhD, MD, or related scientific/medical degree is required


At least 2 years’ experience in research with multi-site studies is preferred. 



  • Scientific hypothesis generation, experimental testing, analysis of data, formulating and publishing results.
  • Strong leadership and management skills with demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Experience with grant applications and management
  • Experience with International Conference on Harmonization (ICH), Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP), and other regulatory guidelines is preferred, but not required.
  • Ability to work closely and constructively with interdisciplinary teams and foster good working relationships with team and sites.
  • Commitment to support project, department and institution Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively (written and oral).
  • Ability to manage time, multi-task, and effectively prioritize projects to meet timelines.
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Highly self-motivated, goal oriented, and effective with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to use independent thought, judgment, and creativity to formulate and implement effective solutions to complex problems
  • Knowledge of and experience with Microsoft Outlook, Word and Excel or similar computer programs.

Randall Bateman, MD




An Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer

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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