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Staff Scientist 1 – Section on Synapse Development Plasticity (SDP)

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 Synapse Development Plasticity (SDP)

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 Synapse Development Plasticity (SDP). The SDP conducts basic research on the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying neural development, experience-dependent modification of synaptic functions, and synaptic pathology associated with psychiatric disorders (including disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, autism, anxiety, and schizophrenia) with the goal of paving the way to better prevent, diagnose, and treat mental illness. The research conducted by SDP integrates a wide range of molecular biology, cell biology, electrophysiological, behavioral, and confocal and two-photon imaging technologies to understand the mechanism by which synapses, and neural circuits are formed and modified to accommodate the complex behavioral and emotional functions of the brain.

Position Overview

The Staff Scientist’s primary responsibilities will include performing independent research using in vivo electrophysiology and in vivo miniature microscope to record local field potentials, neural spiking, and calcium signals simultaneously in multiple brain regions. In addition, the individual will develop algorithms and write codes to analyze the electrophysiology and imaging data, as well as 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.


Candidates must hold an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree in neuroscience or related discipline, postdoctoral experience in in vivo tetrode recording, in vivo miniature microscope imaging. Proficiency with the major programming tools used in the analysis of electrophysiological and imaging data, including MetaLab is 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. Li Zheng 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.