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 Postdoctoral Fellow position in the Intramural Research Programs (IRP), Unit on the Neurobiology of Affective Memory, headed by Dr. Mario Penzo.
Successful candidates will investigate the neural circuit and cellular mechanisms underlying the formation of aversive memories and the emergence of stress-related behaviors, integrating a variety of techniques which include in vivo imaging of calcium and chloride sensors in freely moving mice, optogenetics, multi-channel single-unit recordings, whole-cell patch clamp recordings in brain slices, molecular biology, mouse genetics, and behavioral assays. A strong background in the field of aversive memory and/or stress is necessary. In addition, candidates experienced with in vivo imaging of deep brain structures using fiber photometry and/or miniaturized microscopes, and those with a background in multi-channel single-unit recordings in mice, will be given priority.
For more information about our research, please refer to a recent publication: Penzo, et al. Nature. 519:455, 2015.
We have state-of-the-art facilities, core labs and funding for this research. NIH offers excellent salary and health care packages to its trainees.
Two positions available. Applicants, please submit a statement of research interest and curriculum vitae to: Dr. Mario A. Penzo, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Institutes of Health is an equal opportunity employer.
Applicants must possess a Ph.D. degree in Neurobiology or a related field, superior communication skills in English, a demonstrated record of accomplishments, and less than 5 years of research experience since receipt of the doctoral degree. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
About National Institute of Mental Health/National Institutes of Health
The Division of Intramural Research Programs (DIRP) at the NIMH conducts research ranging from studies into mechanisms of normal brain function, conducted at the behavioral, systems, cellular, and molecular levels, to clinical investigations of mental illness. The DIRP aims to:
Plan and conduct basic, clinical, and translational research to advance understanding of the diagnosis, causes, tr...eatment, and prevention of mental disorders through the study of brain function and behavior
Conduct state-of-the-art research that, in part, complements extramural research activities and exploits the special resources of the National Institutes of Health
Provide an environment conducive to the training and development of clinical and basic scientists
Major disease entities studied throughout the lifespan include mood disorders and anxiety, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders.