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Mechanisms and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

National Institute on Drug Abuse, Baltimore, MD

Position Description:

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow to study mechanisms and novel treatment strategies related to substance use disorders (SUD).  The position is within the Medication Development Program of the Molecular Targets & Medication Discovery Branch  located at the Intramural Research Program (IRP) in Baltimore, MD

Our research is aimed to address key-pathways, brain areas, mechanisms of action and pharmacologic targets for future development of SUD medications. Our facilities are well organized, fostering the possibility to interact and collaborate with internationally renowned basic science and clinical NIDA-IRP investigators. Our voltammetry suite provides in-vivo and in vitro Fast scan cyclic voltammetry (FSCV) techniques that will be used to perform these studies. Behavioral, electrochemistry, EEG, and neurochemistry equipment are also available for full-time research. This multidisciplinary effort will also include investigating novel drugs in preclinical models of SUD in rodents. Individuals with interests and expertise in FSCV to study CNS disease mechanisms and treatment are especially encouraged to apply.

In addition to the research activities and projects, the post-doctoral fellow will have access to educational, mentoring and grant writing training opportunities at the NIDA- and NIH-wide levels.


An M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree is required. The ideal candidate will have strong experience in FSCV techniques and a Ph.D. related to neuroscience and/or pharmacology research. A research background in pharmacology, neuroscience, neurochemistry, behavioral science and/or drug abuse neurobiology is preferred.

The position is open to both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.

To Apply:

Please send a CV, one -page statement of research background and interests, and arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be sent to: Dr. Gianluigi Tanda, Email: NIDA-IRP, 333 Cassell Drive, TRIAD Bldg, Room 3301, Baltimore, MD 21224. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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