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Neurobiological Impact of Puberty on Brain Development

National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

Drs. Karen Berman and Peter Schmidt, at the National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program (NIMH IRP), at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), invite interested individuals to apply for a three- to five-year post-doctoral fellowship at one of the premier research sites in the world. The NIH Clinical Center, near Washington D.C., houses state-of-the-art neuroimaging facilities (MRI, PET and MEG) all dedicated to research, as well as superb clinical facilities, and an exciting, interactive research community of hundreds of talented colleagues. The strong scientific environment and outstanding resources at NIH make this a unique opportunity for an outstanding innovative scientist.

The fellowship involves a team effort to investigate the neurobiological impact of puberty on brain development in typically-developing children. The candidate’s main focus would be to develop further expertise in neuroimaging techniques (MRI) in the context of a vibrant collaboration involving expertise in clinical neuroendocrinology, metabolism and pediatric development.

What You’ll Do…

  • You will work with an interdisciplinary team of clinicians and researchers, all with the goal of understanding the effect of puberty-related endocrine and metabolic events on brain development in an ongoing longitudinal study in typically-developing boys and girls.


Who You Are…

  • You are a recent Ph.D. in experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, neuroscience, neuropharmacology, or other applicable disciplines; or
  • an M.D. with training in psychiatry, neurology, nuclear medicine, radiology or other relevant fields.
  • You have a demonstrated record of superb scientific writing skills, as well as excellent interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • In addition, experience with any of the following is highly desirable: developmental or pediatric neuroimaging, multimodal neuroimaging techniques (MRI, PET, MEG), conducting cognitive neuroscience experiments, and/or neuroimaging of clinical populations.
  • Experience with AFNI/SUMA, SPM, FSL, Freesurfer, UNIX/LINUX computational environments and/or programming skills (MATLAB, R, C++; JAVA, Python) is desirable, but not required.

To Apply:

The position is open immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled. A curriculum vitae and letters of interest outlining experience and research goals should be sent to: Peter J. Schmidt, M.D.; C/O Tiffiany Jones; NIH Building 10- CRC, Rm 2-5340, 9000 Rockville Pike; Bethesda MD 20892-1276 USA. (301) 594-5503, or electronically to

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.