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Visual Neuroscience in Non-Human Primates

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

A postdoctoral position to study the neural mechanisms of visual perception, attention, and cognition in non-human primates is available in Dr. Leslie Ungerleider’s Laboratory of Brain and Cognition at the NIH.  The start date is approximately Spring 2019.

Open postdoc position to use a multifaceted approach, including behavior, neurophysiological recordings, inactivation, electrical microstimulation, imaging and/or pharmacological manipulation, to examine the neural underpinnings of high-level visual processes.  Current studies in the lab focus on neural mechanisms mediating face perception, specifically, those mediating the recognition of facial identity, emotional expressions, and the sense of familiarity.  Opportunities to be involved in human imaging and TMS studies are also available. The initial appointment is for two years, with renewals possible for up to five years.

Qualifications: Candidates should have a PhD or MD and no more than 5 years of relevant research experience since receipt of the degree, with a strong background in systems neuroscience, vision science, or related fields.  Experience working with non-human primates is preferable but not required.  Good programming and communication skills are essential. 

Salary is based on years of prior post-doctoral experience. Benefits include health insurance for the trainee and his/her family, support for coursework related to the trainee's research, and travel to meetings. The NIH is among the world’s premiere centers for neuroimaging research, with a large (approximately 4,000), vibrant, and multi-national postdoctoral community.

To apply:  Submit a letter of interest, CV, research statement, and the names of three references via email to:


Dr. Leslie G. Ungerleider
Chief, Laboratory of Brain and Cognition
National Institute of Mental Health, and
NIH Distinguished Investigator

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