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Staff Scientist 1 – Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Core (MRSC)

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) 
National Institutes of Health (NIH) 
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) 
Division of Intramural Research Programs (IRP)  
Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Core (MRSC)

Program 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), Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Core (MRSC). The MRSC develops cutting edge clinical magnetic resonance spectroscopy techniques and conducts research on brain disorders (including mood and anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorder, movement disorders, and various genetic disorders) with the goal of creating better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat mental illnesses and other brain disorders. The MRSC develops and maintains a wide range of clinical magnetic resonance spectroscopy techniques across multiple platforms and magnetic field strengths including single voxel proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy, spectral editing techniques, spectroscopic imaging, phosphorus-31 and carbon-13 magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The MRSC also develops data processing techniques including motion correction and neurochemical quantification.

Position Overview

The Staff Scientist’s primary responsibilities will include performing technological development of advanced magnetic resonance spectroscopy data acquisition and data processing techniques that are driven by clinical research of neuropsychiatric disorders and providing technical support to on-going clinical magnetic resonance spectroscopy projects. In addition, the individual will support and train clinical fellows, establish and conduct collaborative research, attend, and present at national and international meetings, and assist in developing clinical magnetic resonance spectroscopy protocols and writing manuscripts. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.


Candidates must hold an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree in physics, engineering, neuroimaging, or a related discipline; extensive experience in developing advanced clinical magnetic resonance spectroscopy and data processing technologies as evidenced by publications such as academic papers or patents is required. Familiarity with magnetic resonance spectroscopy of glutamatergic system and development of deep learning techniques is preferred. Proficiency with programming whole body scanners is required. Experience is needed in developing new magnetic resonance spectroscopy pulse sequences and data processing methods and applying them to address clinical questions related to brain disorders.


How to Apply

The position is open to both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. The position is subject to a background check. Interested candidates must submit a current curriculum vitae, a statement of research background and interests, and two letters of recommendation to Elizabeth Alzona via e-mail at Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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.