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Neurobiology of Fear and Anxiety

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

Position Description: 
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is seeking exceptional candidates for a Post-Doctoral Fellow position in the Intramural Research Programs (IRP), in the Section on The Neurobiology of Fear and Anxiety (SNFA), headed by Dr. Christian Grillon. 

The mission of the SNFA within the NIMH, Division of Intramural Programs (NIMH DIRP), is to increase scientific knowledge about the nature, prevention, and treatment of anxiety disorders. SFNA investigates cognitive, behavioral, and biological risk factors and correlates of anxiety. Information gained from this research will lead to a better understanding of brain dysfunction in anxiety disorders, and to the development and evaluation of new therapeutic strategies.

A Post-Doctoral Fellow position is available for a highly motivated individual interested in brain and behavior relationships. The research position will focus on exploring neural mechanisms of fear and anxiety and their interactions with cognitive processes in humans using neuroimaging approaches.
Applicant must have an MD, PhD or equivalent doctoral degree, ideally in Cognitive Neuroscience or Computational Neuroscience or related discipline. Candidates must have thorough knowledge of fMRI techniques. A focus on research in the areas of affective neuroscience, fear, anxiety, emotion, and fear conditioning in human is preferred, and experience with computational modeling is desirable.

Screening for the post-Doctoral position will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled, with an initial 2 years appointment (renewable up to 5 years).
NIMH is a major research component of the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services, which have nationwide responsibility for improving the health and well being of all Americans.

To Apply: 
Interested applicants should send curriculum vitae, statement or research interests, representative publications, and two letters of references to Christian Grillon, NIMH/MAP, 15K North Drive, Bldg 15K, MSC 2670, Bethesda MD 20892-2670 or email to

This position is subject to a background investigation.
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