Postdoctoral fellow to study neural basis of cognition

Bethesda, Maryland
Stipend value will be commensurate with the candidate’s training and experience.
May 17, 2021
Jun 16, 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Entry Level

Position Description:

Dr. Joshua A. Gordon, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join his laboratory within the Integrative Neuroscience Section (INS) in the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Under the co-direction of staff scientist Dr. David A. Kupferschmidt, the INS focuses on probing the neural circuit basis of normal working memory and its dysfunction in animal models of genetic susceptibility to schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders. The INS team uses mouse behavior, in vivo electrophysiology, fiber photometry and miniscope imaging, opto- and chemogenetics, viral tracing, and other modern neuroscience tools to further understanding of the neural communication and computation within and between brain regions such as the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus that support normal and disordered cognition.

Training Environment:

The INS is a team of diverse, interdisciplinary and collaborative neuroscientists. The INS is part of a broader cohort of world-class scientists within NINDS, and a neuroscience community spanning several NIH institutes conducting basic, translational, and clinical research. Postdoctoral fellows at the NIH have free access to comprehensive career, professional, and personal development courses/activities provided through the nationally recognized Office of Intramural Training and Education. Stipend value of the fellowship will be commensurate with the candidate’s training and experience according to NIH guidelines.


Applicants must have an M.D. and/or Ph.D. in a neuroscience-related discipline, and less than five years of postdoctoral research experience at the official start date of the INS position. Applicants with experience in in vivo physiology (electrophysiology, imaging), circuit manipulation technologies, mouse behavior, and/or programming are particularly encouraged to apply. Demonstrable scientific curiosity, creativity and critical thinking, as well as dedication to teamwork and collaboration, are qualities sought in any new addition to the INS. The INS team is also deeply committed to equity and diversity in all its forms; as such, individuals with identities or histories that are under-represented in science are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

For consideration, interested candidates must email their curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests, and contact information for 2-3 referees to Dr. David Kupferschmidt ( Application review will be ongoing until the position is filled.

General Application Information:

NINDS is part of the NIH, an agency of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 institutes and centers employ more than 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information about the NIH mission, goals, and institutes and centers, visit NIH and DHHS are equal opportunity employers. NIH provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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