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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cognitive Neuroscience

National Institute on Drug Abuse Intramural Research Program, Baltimore, MD

Position Description:

The Intramural Research Program of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in Baltimore, MD invites applications for a position as a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Learning and Decision-making Unit supervised by Thorsten Kahnt, which is part of the Cellular and Neurocomputational Systems Branch (CNSB), headed by Geoffrey Schoenbaum. The position is funded for up to five years, pending annual review.

The Fellow would work with other members of the team to plan, conduct, and disseminate original behavioral, neuroimaging, and neuromodulatory research on the cognitive functions and neural mechanisms underlying adaptive behavior. Depending on personal interests, Fellows could work on several different projects, and would be encouraged to develop independent projects, related to learning and decision-making. Historically, a lot of the work in the lab has taken advantage of olfaction as a sensory model system critical for approach-avoidance behavior, food reward, learning, and memory. The lab uses a range of techniques including fMRI, computational modeling, and TMS.

The Kahnt Lab aims to foster a highly collaborative, supportive, diverse, and engaged atmosphere for creative cognitive neuroscientific research.


Applicants should have a PhD or MD degree, with training in neuroscience, psychology, biology, computer science, cognitive science, or related fields, and success in original research. In addition to proficiency in computer programming (Matlab, python, etc.), candidates should have a publication record in at least one of the following areas: functional MRI; TMS, computational modeling; olfactory psychophysics. We also seek candidates with outstanding interpersonal skills, excellent oral and written communication abilities, experience with mentoring, and who are committed to a healthy diverse research environment.

To Apply:

Send a curriculum vitae, and a cover letter with a description of relevant experience (all in a single file, pdf format) to Informal inquires are welcome. Applications submitted before November 15th, 2022 will be given full consideration; applications will be considered until the position is filled. The start date is somewhat flexible.

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs and encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.