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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)
Emotion and Development Branch
Title 42 Staff Scientist

Position Overview

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is seeking exceptional candidates for a Staff Scientist position in the Division of Intramural Research Programs (IRP), Emotion and Development Branch (EDB). The EDB conducts clinical research studies on mood and anxiety disorders (including major depressive disorder, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and separation anxiety disorder) with the goal of creating better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat mental illness. EDB studies integrate a wide range of clinical, behavioral, and imaging technologies including structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), neuroscience-informed measures of information-processing functions, cognitive tasks, and noninvasive measures of neuroplasticity.


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 in the development of fMRI methods and familiarity with 3T MRI systems is preferred. Proficiency with all major programming tools is required, including python, bash, and R scripting.  Experience is needed in using these tools to conduct work in brain-imaging environment.  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.

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 for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.  Employees providing healthcare or services in support of 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.

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers

Applications from women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.