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Staff Scientist, Behavioral/Systems Neuroscience

National Institute on Drug Abuse, Baltimore, Maryland

Position Description:

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is recruiting for a Staff Scientist within its Intramural Research Program (IRP) located in Baltimore, Maryland. The goal of this search is to identify a candidate who will carry out behavioral research using state-of-the-art techniques to detect neural activities under the supervision of the Senior Investigator of the Neurocircuitry of Motivation Section.


We are seeking a candidate who is committed to scientific excellence and understands the intellectual benefits of conducting state-of-the-art research on circuit mechanisms that underlie motivated behavior. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in science. Criteria for selection include extensive hands-on experiences in in-vivo calcium imaging technologies, in-vivo or ex-vivo electrophysiological recording, confocal microscopy, machine learning, and optogenetics. In addition, the ideal candidate should have strong skills in data processing and statistical analyses. An excellent track-record in peer-reviewed publications and presentations at national and international conferences is highly desirable. Experience in mentoring junior trainees and in establishing collaborations across different disciplines is also highly desirable.

To Apply:

Interested candidates must submit a curriculum vitae, bibliography, a one-page summary of research interests, and the names and contact information (work/email addresses, phone) of three references (via pdf or Microsoft word format only – paper applications will not be accepted) to: Satoshi Ikemoto, Ph.D., Chief, Neurocircuitry of Motivation Section, Behavioral Neuroscience Branch, NIDA, IRP:

The NIH is dedicated to building a community in its training and employment programs and encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.