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The Causal Role of Frontal-temporal Interactions in Object and Social Valuation

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

Position Description:

Postdoctoral positions are available in the Section on the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory in the Laboratory of Neuropsychology (NIMH Intramural Program, NIH, Bethesda, MD) to study the neural substrates of object and social valuation in the nonhuman primate brain. Specifically, we are interested in uncovering the causal contributions of the orbital (OFC) and medial prefrontal cortex (MFC), as well as their interactions with the amygdala, hippocampus, and entorhinal and perirhinal cortex in object and social valuation. Methods include permanent or reversible lesions and/or inactivations (including optogenetic and pharmacological perturbation of neural activity), single-unit recording, and functional neuroimaging, either alone or in combination, combined with behavioral analysis. The overarching goal of the research is to develop an understanding of the functional interactions among the amygdala, hippocampus and adjacent cortical areas with the OFC and MFC in value-based decision making, reward processing and affect. The experiments will be carried out in the context of the collaborative research environment at the NIH and will benefit from the rich infrastructure and vibrant neuroscience community of the NIH intramural program.


Applicants must have a PhD in neuroscience, psychology, physiology, or a related discipline and/or MD degree and have less than 5 years of postdoctoral experience. Requirements include good programing skills, writing and oral communication skills, self-motivation for science and the ability to work both independently and in a multidisciplinary team-oriented environment. Experience in neuropsychology, functional neuroanatomy, electrophysiology, or psychoneuropharmacology is helpful. U.S. citizenship is not required.

To Apply:

Applicants should submit a letter of interest outlining experience and research goals, as well as a CV and the names of three references to:
Elisabeth A. (Betsy) Murray, PhD
Chief, Section on the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory
Laboratory of Neuropsychology
National Institute of Mental Health


This post will be available until September 4, 2020 or until filled.

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