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Neuromodulation, Neuroimaging, and Neurodevelopment

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

Position Description:

The Noninvasive Neuromodulation Unit (NNU), Experimental Therapeutics and Pathophysiology Branch, Division of Intramural Research Program of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is recruiting for the position of postdoctoral fellow to focus on neuroimaging, neuromodulation, and neurodevelopment.  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.  Activities of the NNU include design and fabrication of novel devices for electrical and magnetic stimulation of the brain, realistic head 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 of devices, and clinical testing in patient populations of target-engagement and therapeutic efficacy of neuromodulation in a range of disorders including depression and autism spectrum disorder.  The postdoctoral fellow will provide neuroimaging 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 successful postdoctoral candidate will have PhD and/or MD level training in neuroscience, psychology, psychiatry or related fields.  The successful candidate will also have experience with neuroimaging (including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetoencephalography (MEG)), neuromodulation devices (including transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and/or transcranial direct/alternating current stimulation (tDCS)), and working with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or related neurodevelopmental disorder populations.   Expertise with neuroimaging software (AFNI, SPM, freesurfer, FSL) and statistical analysis programs (SPSS, R, SAS) is required. 

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.