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Staff Scientist

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Rockville, Maryland
Commensurate with related experience.
Closing date
Nov 30, 2023

Job Details

With nation-wide responsibility for improving the health and well-being of all Americans, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) oversees the biomedical research programs of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and those of NIH's research Institutes.

The Laboratory for Integrative Neuroscience (LIN) in the Division of Intramural Clinical and Biological Research (DICBR) of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), NIH is recruiting a Staff Scientist. The LIN investigates neural mechanisms involved in decision making, goal-directed behavior, habit formation, habitual behavior and substance use disorders at the molecular, cellular, circuitry and behavioral levels. Studies in the laboratory also examine mechanisms underlying specific responses to alcohol and cannabis, including acute intoxication and neural adaptations to chronic drug exposure, such as tolerance, dependence, sleep disruption, relapse and excessive drug intake. For further information on our research, please visit the web site ( The Staff Scientist will participate in this multi-disciplinary research effort by designing and performing neuroscience experiments in both ex vivo and in vivo settings. The incumbent will lead and oversee the day-to-day operation of the neuroscience aspects of these projects, and train and mentor postbaccalaureate as well as pre- and postdoctoral fellows.

The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. or M.D. degree in Neurobiology/Neuroscience or a related field. The incumbent must possess a profound knowledge of the technological aspects of performing neuroscience research with proven experience and skills in physiology, behavior, pharmacology, rodent neurosurgery, cellular and subcellular imaging, opto- and chemogenetics, including proficiency in the use of appropriate software. Additionally, experience in managing mouse lines and husbandry and performing ex vivo studies in rodent models of neurological and substance use disorder would be desirable.

Applicants may be U.S. citizens, resident aliens, or non-resident aliens with, or eligible to obtain a valid employment-authorization visa. The successful candidate will be eligible for a full Federal benefits package, including leave, health and life insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401K equivalent).

All applications should include the following: a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae and bibliography; a brief summary of research interests, and two letters of reference. Application materials should be sent to arrive no later than November 30, 2023, to:

Dr. David M. Lovinger

Scientific Director

Chief, Laboratory for Integrative Neuroscience

Division of Intramural Clinical and Biological Research

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH

5625 Fishers Lane, Room TS-11, MSC9410

Rockville, Maryland 20852

Or via E-mail:

The DHHS, NIH, and NIAAA are Equal Opportunity Employers.

Applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

The NIAAA is a smoke-free environment.


The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) is one of the 27 institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIAAA supports and conducts research on the impact of alcohol use on human health and well-being. It is the largest funder of alcohol research in the world. NIAAA leads the national effort to reduce alcohol-related problems by: Conducting and supporting alcohol-related research in a wide range of scientific areas including genetics, neuroscience, epidemiology, prevention, and treatment. Coordinating and collaborating with other research institutes and federal programs on alcohol-related issues. Collaborating with international, national, state, and local institutions, organizations, agencies, and programs engaged in alcohol-related work. Translating and disseminating research findings to health care providers, researchers, policymakers, and the public. Through both research within NIAAA, and by funding grants at institutions worldwide, NIAAA aims to: Better understand the health effects of alcohol consumption, including why it can cause addiction. Reveal the biological and socio-cultural origins of why people respond to alcohol differently. Remove the stigma associated with alcohol problems. Develop effective prevention and treatment strategies that address the physical, behavioral, and social risks that result from both excessive alcohol use, and underage alcohol consumption. NIAAA-funded discoveries have important implications for improving the health and well-being of all people.

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