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Transforming the understanding
and treatment of mental illnesses.

Job Vacancy Announcement – Title 42 Staff Scientist

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Intramural Research Program (IRP)
Experimental Therapeutics & Pathophysiology Branch (ETPB)

Position Overview

NIMH is seeking exceptional candidates for a Staff Scientist position in the Intramural Research Program (IRP), Experimental Therapeutics & Pathophysiology Branch (ETPB). The ETPB conducts clinical research studies on mood disorders (including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and risk for suicide) to create better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat mental illness. ETPB studies integrate a wide range of clinical, behavioral, and imaging technologies including magnetoencephalography (MEG), structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI/fMRI), plasma biomarkers, cognitive tasks, and noninvasive measures of neuroplasticity.


Candidates must have a Ph.D. in neuroscience or a related discipline and postdoctoral experience in clinical applications of MEG and computational modeling in psychiatry and in developing MEG analysis methods. Proficiency with major neuroimaging packages (AFNI, SPM), python, bash, R scripting, or similar is also required. The Staff Scientist’s primary responsibilities include performing independent research related to using MEG to study mood disorders and overseeing all aspects of the MEG portion of protocols in the branch. The individual will develop novel computational models to measure connectivity changes associated with mood disorders and rapid-acting antidepressant response. 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. Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae and three letters of recommendation to Carlos A. Zarate Jr., M.D. via e-mail at:

Applications will be accepted until December 20, 2021.

As a condition of employment, all federal employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. During the onboarding process, if selected, you must provide proof of vaccination. An official job offer and continued employment is contingent on this requirement.  For more information on this requirement, visit the Safer Federal Workforce page on vaccines. If you need a COVID-19 vaccine, please visit

The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified candidates with diverse perspectives such as underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, those with disabilities, those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and women. HHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.