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Job Vacancy Announcement - Staff Scientist

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Division of Intramural Research Programs (IRP)
Emotion and Development Branch (EDB)

Program Overview

The National Institute of Mental Health’s (NIMH) Division of Intramural Research Programs (IRP) is seeking exceptional candidates for a Staff Scientist position in the Emotion and Development Branch (EDB). EDB conducts clinical research studies on mood and anxiety disorders to create better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat mental illness. These disorders include major depressive disorder, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and separation anxiety disorder.

EDB studies integrate a wide range of clinical approaches, behavioral techniques, imaging technologies including structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), neuroscience-informed measures of information processing functions, cognitive tasks, and noninvasive measures of neuroplasticity.

Position Duties

The Staff Scientist’s primary responsibilities will include performing independent research using advanced programming approaches that are related to fMRI studies of mood and anxiety disorders. In addition, the individual will support and train lab members, establish and conduct collaborative research, attend and present at national and international meetings, and assist in writing manuscripts. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.


Candidates must hold an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree in engineering, statistics, neuroimaging, or a related discipline; postdoctoral experience in clinical applications of fMRI in major depression and the development of fMRI methods and familiarity with 3T MRI systems are preferred. Proficiency with all major programming tools is required, including Python, Bash, and R scripting. Experience in using these tools in a brain-imaging environment is needed.

How to Apply

The position is open to both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. Interested candidates must submit a current curriculum vitae, a statement of research background and interests, and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Daniel Pine via e-mail at

Applications will be accepted until July 18, 2022.

Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants to implement other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. Employees providing healthcare or services supporting healthcare (Healthcare Workforce) may be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine because they are expected to perform duties that put them in contact or potential contact with patients. We may request COVID-19 vaccination and other vaccination documentation from Healthcare Workforce personnel at any point during the onboarding process or at any time during your employment with NIH.

HHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers

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.