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Neuromodulation, Neuroimaging, and Neurophysiology

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

Position Description:

The Noninvasive Neuromodulation Unit (NNU), Experimental Therapeutics and Pathophysiology Branch, National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program is recruiting for the position of postdoctoral fellow specializing in neuromodulation, neuroimaging, and neurophysiology.  The NNU is committed to nurturing an inclusive environment where individuals from diverse backgrounds can thrive.  The NNU specializes in the development of novel noninvasive neuromodulation tools (including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and experimental forms of seizure therapy) for the study and treatment of brain-based disorders in psychiatry, including major depressive disorder and autism spectrum disorders.  Activities of the NNU include design and fabrication of novel devices for electrical and magnetic stimulation of the brain, modeling of the electric field induced in the brain by noninvasive devices, testing of novel devices and paradigms in healthy volunteers to optimize the efficiency and potency of neuroplastic effects, and clinical testing in patient populations of target-engagement and therapeutic neuromodulation. Current projects include 1) applying connectivity-informed concurrent TMS-fMRI and TMS-EEG to identify and manipulate brain networks implicated in major depression, and 2) applying brain-state dependent stimulation to enhance neuromodulatory efficacy. The methodological focus will be on combined multimodal neuroimaging and neurophysiology with transcranial brain stimulation. he postdoctoral fellow will provide neuroimaging and neurophysiology support for all efforts in the NNU across studies, including support for data acquisition and analysis pipelines, mentoring of post-baccalaureate intramural research training awardees (post-bac IRTAs), and development of novel neuromodulatory and neuroimaging protocols for use across patient populations of interest (mood or developmental disorders). Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. 


The ideal candidate holds a PhD and/or MD in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, psychology, psychiatry, or related fields, and has advanced technical skills, and programming/imaging data analysis experience (MATLAB, Python, etc.). Training in experimental methods and statistics is required.  Experience with the acquisition and analysis of (f)MRI data, particularly with functional and/or structure connectivity, and TMS-evoked potentials is highly desirable.  Prior experience with TMS and EEG is desirable. 

To Apply:

Applicants are invited to submit a curriculum vitae including publication list, a one-page summary of research interests, and names and contact details of three referees to Dr. Sarah Hollingsworth “Holly” Lisanby by email at


This post will be available until September 26, 2020 or until filled.

The National Institutes of Health is an equal opportunity employer.  Women and persons from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.