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Staff Scientist 1 - Developmental Neuroscience and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Division of Intramural Research Programs (IRP)
Developmental Neuroscience and Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Program Overview

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is a leading institution dedicated to understanding, treating, and preventing mental illnesses. We are seeking a highly qualified and motivated Staff Scientist with considerable research expertise in developmental neuroscience, pediatric mental health disorders to join our dynamic research team.

Position Overview

  • Work within a team to conduct cutting-edge research in the fields of developmental neuroscience and pediatric mental health disorders.
  • Design and implement research studies, ensuring rigorous methodology and adherence to ethical standards.
  • Utilize advanced statistical analyses and neuroimaging techniques to enhance research outcomes.
  • Publish research findings in reputable scientific journals, contributing to the advancement of knowledge in the field.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to foster a collaborative research environment.
  • Mentor and teach postbaccalaureate IRTA team members, PhD students, and postdoctoral research fellows.
  • Demonstrate creativity and a willingness to think outside the box, actively seeking opportunities for innovation and reinvention.
  • Independently drive research projects and demonstrate self-motivation.


  • MD or PhD in a relevant field.
  • Senior researcher with considerable research experience in developmental neuroscience, neuroimaging, engineering, physics, mathematics, genetics, or pediatric mental health disorders.
  • Strong background in study design, statistical analyses, and neuroimaging techniques.
  • Proven track record of publishing scientific papers in reputable journals.
  • Excellent team player with the ability to mentor and teach junior team members.
  • Creative thinker with a willingness to explore novel approaches to research.
  • Commitment to the mission of the National Institute of Mental Health to strive towards reducing the burden of mental health, especially in youth with neurodevelopmental disorders.
  • Ability to work independently and demonstrate self-motivation.


The Staff Scientist will be appointed at a salary commensurate with their qualifications and experience. In addition, full federal benefits, including leave, and thrift savings plan (401K equivalent), will be provided. 

How to Apply

The position is open to both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, and contact information for three references to by February 18. Please include "Staff Scientist Application" in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The position is subject to a background check

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.