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Staff Scientist in Cellular and Developmental Neurobiology

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Bethesda, Maryland

Position Description:

A Staff Scientist position is available in Dr. Susan Wray’s laboratory in the Cellular and Developmental Neurobiology Section (CDNS) located at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. The focus of this position is to oversee studies focused on understanding the developmental, cellular, molecular and physiological properties of Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone Neurons. These studies will use a combination of approaches including electrophysiological techniques (slice recordings and calcium imaging), single-cell transcriptomic analyses, mouse transgenic and other genetic approaches, immunohistochemistry and confocal and other advanced light microscopy techniques. Our long-term goal is to elucidate the development and regulation of the GnRH neuroendocrine system.

At NIH, the “Staff Scientist” is a central member of research teams, who typically runs the scientific and teaching aspects of a Principal Investigator’s research program. He/she would provide direct supervision for 2-3 students and/or postdocs. Together with the PI, he/she would steer the long-term direction of the research group. The opportunity also exists for the Staff Scientist to conduct his/her own studies in the above research area.

The successful candidate will be offered salary and benefits commensurate with experience and accomplishments. The appointment would be through the Title 42 mechanism -


Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in Physiology, Molecular, Cellular, and/or Developmental Biology, or equivalent field and significant experience in developmental and systems biology. He/she should have publications demonstrating these skills. Fluent command of both spoken and written English is imperative. The applicant should have experience in supervising trainees in laboratory research and must have a track record indicative of innovative thinking.

To Apply:

Email a single PDF document to include a Curriculum Vitae with bibliography, statement of research interests and a list of three references with contact information (address, telephone and email) to: Sylvia Smith, Search Committee Secretary, NINDS/DIR/CDNS,
Please include in your CV a description of mentoring and outreach activities in which you have been involved, especially those that are relevant to the specific areas of study of the Cellular and Developmental Neurobiology Section. All information provided by applicants will remain confidential and will not be released outside the NINDS search process without a signed release from candidates.

*The deadline for this application is April 25th, 2021 or until the position filled.


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