Postdoctoral Fellow: Substance Use Disorder And Neuroimaging

National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland
Jan 15, 2020
Apr 14, 2020
Position Type
Full Time

The Laboratory of Neuroimaging (lab chief: Nora D. Volkow, MD) in the NIAAA intramural program is recruiting a post-doctoral researcher (PhD, MD or MD/PhD) to conduct multimodal neuroimaging, neurophysiological and psychophysical research studies in substance use disorder within the Clinical Research Center on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. 

We are hiring a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow who has a strong interest in the link between brain function, genetics and behavior in substance use disorders. We conduct structural and functional imaging studies in human subjects using PET, MRI, simultaneous PET/MRI, and EEG.

This is a full time 2 to 3-year appointment with year-to-year renewal based on satisfactory performance and availability of funds.



  • Research-dedicated 3T Siemens Prisma MRI with stimulus presentation suite;
  • High-resolution research tomograph (HRRT) PET scanner;
  • Simultaneous PET/MRI;
  • MRI-compatible EEG, TMS, actinometer;
  • Computing core and advanced neuroimaging analysis tools.



Fellow will assist with study design and implementation, data analysis, and publication of study findings. In addition, the fellow will work on secondary data projects. The postdoctoral fellow will have an opportunity to develop their own research questions related to substance use disorders.


To Apply:

Please submit the following to

  • Cover letter describing your interest and rationale for pursuing a postdoc;
  • Resume/CV;
  • Three references with contact information;
  • Two writing samples. Should demonstrate ability to communicate complex concepts in plain language (e.g., research summary for website or lay audience).


Please email with questions.

Application Deadline Date: ASAP, preferably by Febuary 01, 2020.


  • PhD, MD or MD/PhD in neuroscience or related field (MD should be eligible for state board in US);
  • Strong oral and written communications skills;
  • Strong interpersonal and team-building skills;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, PowerPoint) and Adobe Acrobat Professional software applications;
  • Some experience in Linux/Matlab/C/Perl/Python programming as well neuroimaging analysis tools (eg. AFNI, FSL, SPM, FreeSurfer, MincTools) would be a plus;
  • Interest and/or expertise in some of the following topics:  Brain physiology, Task-based and resting-state fMRI analyses, EEG data acquisition and analysis.

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