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Postdoctoral Fellow Position

The Participation, Environment and Performance Laboratory (PEPL) at Washington University in St. Louis is recruiting a full-time postdoctoral fellow. This individual will be a part of a highly collaborative and collegial team of scientists and trainees from diverse backgrounds. One position is available for a highly motivated PhD interested in translational occupational therapy research in aging. The primary task of the postdoctoral research fellow will be to conduct research in the area of function and the environment for cognitively normal older adults aging in place. The focus of the research will be on identifying functional changes over time for older adults with and without preclinical Alzheimer disease and preventing falls among community dwelling older adults. The role involves working in a team-based environment and collaborating with different researchers on a range of projects. The research includes analysis and preparation of manuscripts for publication based on data from clinical studies, as well as the preparation and submission of grant proposals.

The program currently employs three postdoctoral scientists and is situated in School of Medicine at Washington University in St. Louis. We offer comprehensive training in clinical translational research.  Our research focuses on the unique contribution that the environment can make toward improving the performance, participation and quality of life for persons living with functional limitations. We believe the environment accounts for the differences between what individuals are capable of doing and their actual participation in society. An exploration of the physical environment as influencing behavior is the basis of research questions designed to explore the impact of the person/environment interface. The primary user groups studied include adults and older adults living in the community. Our current projects include a trial of an occupational therapy transition program for individuals post stroke and an implementation trial of an occupational therapy home hazard removal program to prevent falls among underserved community dwelling older adults.

A strong background in environment, aging, and quantitative methods is preferred. We are seeking candidates who are self-motivated, career-oriented and who want to take full advantage of the opportunities at Washington University in St. Louis. Our approach to science is highly collaborative.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, ethnicity, protected veteran, or disability status. We especially encourage applications from individuals who come from rural or inner-city areas and individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research – specifically African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, women and those with disabilities.

Please mail/e-mail a letter describing your research interests and a curriculum vitae to: Dr. Susan Stark, e-mail: or mail: Campus Box 8505, 4444 Forest Park Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63108.

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