The Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is ranked as a top three occupational therapy program in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Located in the heart of the Midwest, the Program offers the finest in occupational therapy education and evidence-based patient care, all built upon a strong foundation of innovative research. Faculty and staff maintain a focus on advancing human health by enhancing people’s participation in everyday life activities and work together to bridge biomedical and sociocultural health at the person, community and population levels. The Program shares the University’s commitment to equal access, consistent with its academic mission and standards, and strives to achieve excellence through the advancement of diversity, equity and inclusion. We value a structure and culture that supports all members of our community.

Home to one of the top medical schools in the nation, Washington University is also ranked among the best places to work in St. Louis. Essential to every aspect of the University's mission, faculty and staff enrich students' learning experiences, discover and build knowledge, advance health, save lives, and support excellence every day. Employees at the School of Medicine reflect the diversity of the surrounding community and enjoy an inclusive work environment that encourages independence, boldness and originality of thought. Washington University recognizes the value in each individual, and great emphasis is put on hiring, training and retention of its diverse workforce.

The Program is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community and the advancement of inclusive excellence. Candidates who can contribute to these goals are encourage to apply and to identify their strengths in or experiences in these areas in application materials and during interviews.

Director of the Division of Research

The Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is seeking candidates to join our faculty as director of the Division of Research. The director provides research leadership, general supervision and guides the development of early and mid-career investigator track faculty. The director chairs the Rehabilitation and Participation Science (RAPS) PhD program and is actively involved in curriculum design and instruction. The director develops and implements programs and procedures to support the effective and productive activities necessary to advance the science of occupational therapy and participation. In addition, the director furthers the scientific rehabilitation agenda at Washington University and actively participates in local, national and international scientific communities.

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Investigator-Track Research Faculty

The Program in Occupational Therapy at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is seeking to build its stellar research, education, and clinical missions. We invite nominations and applications for a 12-month faculty position at the Assistant, Associate, or Full professor level in the Program’s Research Division on the School of Medicine’s investigator track. We seek innovative researchers who can contribute to the discovery, dissemination, and implementation of evidence in the broad field of rehabilitation and participation science. The purpose of the current search is to review potential candidates with long-term planning of our faculty needs in mind. Successful candidates will be expected to establish robust, extramurally funded research and educational programs that engage the broad range of research and clinical programs at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

The Neuroscience and Rehabilitation Laboratory (NRL), under the direction of Benjamin Philip, PhD, has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate with interests in human rehabilitation and its neural mechanisms. This position will take a lead role in multiple studies, with primary focus on a five-year NINDS funded project using behavioral and neuroimaging approaches to determining how brain lateralization and interhemispheric connectivity support long-term forced use of the non-dominant hand. The successful candidate will join the growing laboratory, and work directly with Dr. Philip to gain relevant technical and scientific expertise, as well as professional development mentorship. The postdoctoral fellow will be able to interact directly with collaborators across Washington University, including in surgery, radiology, neuroscience, and psychology.

Interested candidates should send a CV, statement of interest and contact information of three referees to Benjamin Philip, PhD, at

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An Equal Opportunity Employer

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.

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