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Postdoctoral Position in Behavioral Neuroscience at NIDA

Baltimore, Maryland
Closing date
Mar 28, 2024

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Job Function
Postdoctoral Researcher
Research Area
Motivation & Emotion
Position Type
Full Time
Entry Level

Job Details

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is currently seeking a postdoctoral fellow to explore neural circuits involved in motivated behavior in mice. Using cutting-edge research techniques such as optogenetics, chemogenetics, electrophysiology, and fiber-photometry and two-photon microscopy Ca2+-imaging, the successful candidate will contribute to understanding how forebrain and/or meso-pontine structures interact with the dopamine system in seeking behaviors related to novelty, addictive substances, social interactions, and food. Candidates with strong expertise in behavioral, electrophysiological, molecular, or computational neuroscience are encouraged to apply. The lab provides an opportunity to establish collaborations and interactions between pre-, post-doctoral fellows, neuroscientists, behavioral pharmacologists, and drug abuse experts. 

The laboratory is funded by the Intramural Research Program (IRP) located in the Biomedical Research Center of the Bayview Medical Campus in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Applicants must hold an Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree. Interested candidates should email their CV and a summary of research interests, along with the names and contact information of three references, to:

Satoshi Ikemoto, PhD, Senior Investigator and Chief, Neurocircuitry of Motivation Section

Behavioral Neuroscience Research Branch, Intramural Research Program, NIDA, NIH

251 Bayview Blvd., Suite 200, Baltimore, MD 21224, USA

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Note: This position is open to both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.  The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs

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