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Post-Doctoral Fellow Section on Behavioral Neuroscience National Institute of Mental Health

Bethesda, Maryland
Salary commensurate with experience
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May 5, 2024

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Post-Doctoral Fellow

Section on Behavioral Neuroscience

National Institute of Mental Health

National Institutes of Health

Department of Health and Human Services

Bethesda, MD 20892, USA


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 Post-Doctoral Fellow position in the Division of Intramural Research Programs (DIRP), Section on Behavioral Neuroscience, headed by Dr. Yogita Chudasama.


We are seeking highly motivated individuals interested in the functional and anatomical organization of frontotemporal circuits in rodents and marmosets. Studies will have a strong behavioral emphasis and will include: 1) the precise developmental characterization of circuit neuroanatomy using viruses, 2) the careful measurement of the abnormal development of cognitive and social behaviors, and 3) temporary in vivo interference of selective pathways or catecholamine messengers using cell-type specific suppression or stimulation with genetically encoded agents. Our goal is to assess the behavioral consequences of anatomical, neurochemical and genetic manipulations to large-scale circuits associated with complex cognitive-emotional functions.


The ideal candidate will be a talented and motivated scientists with good intuition and an ambition to succeed as an independent investigator. They must have a Ph.D. in the field of neuroscience, and experience in the general area of neurobiology, psychopharmacology or neurophysiology. The candidate is expected to be experienced in methods of histology and microscopy. Experience in programming in R, Matlab and/or Python will be an advantage. The candidate should have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, and bring a strong desire to prepare manuscripts, as well as mentor technicians and students. Our lab embraces and promotes diversity, equity and inclusion. We base our strengths on teamwork and believe that the most efficient way to achieve goals is through the collective discussion of ideas and approaches in a positive workplace for all.


Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Applicants should submit: a) a curriculum vitae including publication list, b) a one-page summary of research interests, and c) names and contact details of three referees to Dr. Yogita Chudasama by email (  




The NIH is home to one of the largest neuroscience research centers in the world. Over 150 laboratories, originating from eleven different Institutes, conduct research in the basic, translational, and clinical neurosciences. Through scientific collaboration, Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Programs, jointly sponsored Seminar Series and Special Interest Groups, scientists at NIH contribute to a vital and growing neuroscience research community. NIMH researchers conduct research ranging from studies into mechanisms of normal brain function, conducted at the behavioral, systems, cellular, and molecular levels, to clinical investigations into the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illness. NIH and DHHS are equal opportunity employers.

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