Staff Scientist Section on Behavioral Neuroscience at NIMH

Bethesda, Maryland (US)
Salary will be commensurate with education and experience
October 17 2019
Position Type
Full Time
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Job Type
Staff Scientist

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is seeking exceptional candidates for a Staff Scientist position in the Division of Intramural Research Programs (DIRP), Section on Behavioral Neuroscience (SBN), headed by Dr. Yogita Chudasama.

Research in the Section on Behavioral Neuroscience links systems-level circuitry to behavior, cognition and emotion, and is therefore critical for understanding the afflictions that commonly lead to cognitive ailments in brain disease, injury, and aging.  We are seeking a talented, highly motivated and experienced individual interested in the development of cognitive and emotional circuits in marmosets. Studies will have a strong behavioral emphasis and will include: 1) the precise characterization of circuit neuroanatomy using viruses, 2) the careful measurement of the abnormal development of cognitive and social behaviors, and 3) the temporary in vivo interference of selective pathways using cell-type specific suppression or stimulation using genetically encoded agents. Our goal is to assess the behavioral consequences of anatomical, neurochemical and genetic manipulations to large-scale circuits associated with complex cognitive and socioemotional functions.

The successful candidate should be an experienced scientist capable of generating novel approaches to solve complex problems. The ideal candidate must have a PhD in behavioral neuroscience or a related discipline and at least four years’ post-doctoral experience in the general area of physiological psychology, neurobiology, or psychopharmacology. Proficiency in R and with scripting languages such as Python or MatLab is essential. Successful candidates should be able to effectively communicate research ideas, have excellent interpersonal skills and is expected to be a key member of the SBN contributing to the design of new studies, development of analytical methods, and the mentoring of students, trainees and fellows.

Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Applicants should send curriculum vitae, a one-page summary of research interests, and names and contact details for three letters of recommendation to Yogita Chudasama by email (  This advert will remain open until the position is filled.

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers. Applications from women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

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