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Staff Scientist 1 – Section on Cognitive Neurophysiology and Imaging (SCNI)

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Division of Intramural Research Programs (IRP)
Section on Cognitive Neurophysiology and Imaging (SCNI)

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 1 position in the Division of Intramural Research Programs (IRP), Section on Cognitive Neurophysiology and Imaging (SCNI). The SCNI conducts basic research to understand the anatomical organization and operational principles of the brain that support visual cognition. Of particular interest are those specialized circuits for perceiving and interpreting social information, such as the expression of a face or posture of a body. The SCNI group currently has focus in two main themes. The first theme investigates how the brain operates under naturalistic conditions, where a subject is immersed in a full-field scene or actively searches for objects or other individuals through a complex environment. For this theme, we combine electrophysiological and neuroimaging methods with computer-generated, dynamic stimuli. The second theme investigates developmental aspects of specialized neural systems, and particularly those dedicated for high-level vision. This theme utilizes novel viral and molecular approaches to create experimental and translational models by modifying gene expression. The second theme combines molecular, imaging, and physiological methods to and places emphasis on early life development and longitudinal studies of neural circuit maturation.

Position Overview

The Staff Scientist’s primary responsibilities will include to perform independent research in the themes above, and to support other scientists in the lab through assistance in technological development, surgical planning, data analysis, training, and aspects of laboratory management. The individual will be expected to conduct experimental work in the domains of electrophysiology and neuroimaging, to present data at national and international meetings, and to communicate findings in the form of published manuscripts. In addition, the individual will be expected to assist and sometimes collaborate with other scientists in the lab, helping and providing training and advice in areas in which they need assistance, such as data analysis and manuscript writing. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.


Candidates must hold an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree in neuroscience or related discipline, postdoctoral experience with animal neuroimaging and electrophysiology. A proven track record of publication in systems/cognitive neuroscience and proficiency with the major programming tools used in the analysis of electrophysiological and imaging data required. This position is subject to a background check.


How to Apply

Appointees may be US citizens or resident aliens. Interested candidates must submit a current curriculum vitae, a statement of research background and interests, and three letters of reference to Dr. David Leopold 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. Applications from women, persons from underrepresented groups, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.