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Title 42 Staff Scientist in the Section on Cellular and Cognitive Neurodevelopment

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Section on Cellular and Cognitive Neurodevelopment (SCCN)

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 (HHS), is seeking exceptional candidates for a Staff Scientist position in the Section on Cellular and Cognitive Neurodevelopment (SCCN). Neurodevelopment is an often-understudied area of neurobiology in terms of determining the origins of diseases and disorders. However, SCCN is conducting a full gamut of studies on the development of the primate brain. This includes, but is not limited to, molecular, cellular, behavioral and physiological approaches to understand how the complex and highly reproducible architecture of the brain emerges in addition to how minor perturbations during specific epochs of brain development can lead to significant manifestations in adulthood, including neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders.

Position Duties

Responsibilities for this position include: The successful applicant will be responsible for performing independent and cutting-edge research on studies related to the developing pulvinar and connected areas and broadening the technical capacity within SCCN. 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.


Candidates must have a PhD in neuroscience or a related discipline and postdoctoral experience with nonhuman primates in at least one of the following fields: comparative neuroanatomy, molecular biology, cognitive behavior, MRI and electrophysiology.

How to Apply

Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. 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 Dr. James A. Bourne via e-mail at:

Applications will be accepted until August 22, 2022.

Federal agencies may request information regarding the vaccination status of selected applicants for the purposes of implementing other workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine. Employees providing healthcare or services in support of healthcare (Healthcare Workforce) may be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine because they are expected to perform duties that put them in contact or potential contact with patients. We may request COVID-19 vaccination, and other vaccination documentation from Healthcare Workforce personnel at any point during the onboarding process or at any time during your employment with NIH.

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.