The Intramural Research Program of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is recruiting for a Postdoctoral Fellow to join an interdisciplinary group of scientists in the Neuronal Ensembles in Addiction (NEA) Section in our Behavioral Neuroscience Research Branch (BNRB). The position is dedicated to understanding the neurobiological mechanisms of operant learned behaviors using preclinical rat models of food and drug taking, seeking and relapse. We are specifically looking for a computational neuroscientist who wants to use calcium imaging and light-sheet microscopy to study neuronal ensemble function and mechanisms in our operant behaviors. The ideal candidate will combine this work with our unique tools for identifying and manipulating both calcium-based and Fos-expressing neuronal ensembles for the ultimate goal of identifying molecular and cellular engrams underlying memory. This position will have ample opportunities to collaborate with NIDA scientists on advanced molecular and cellular biology and behavior models. The NEA section has miniscopes for calcium imaging and many operant chambers for rodent behavior. The BNRB also has computational hardware and software for imaging data processing and analysis. NIH multi-array computer facilities are available for high intensity computation. The successful candidates must possess a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Neuropsychology, Biophysics, Biomedical Engineering, or a related field. The PhD degree must be less than 5 years old. Computational neuroscience experience with imaging techniques is highly desirable. We can train the candidate in all other techniques.
Interested applicants must submit a CV with bibliography, a statement of research interests and goals, 3 letters of recommendation, and a copy of the doctoral degree (if in a foreign language, include a certified English translation).
Applicants or selectees who have completed part or all their education outside of the U.S. must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that the foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the U.S. An evaluation is required before human resources can make an official job offer. We will only accept the completed foreign education evaluation. For more information on Foreign Education and verification, visit the US Department of Educationand OPM’s websites.
Send application materials to: Dr. Bruce Hope, Neuronal Ensembles in Addiction, NIH/NIDA/IRP, 251 Bayview Blvd, Suite 200, Baltimore, MD 21224. E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About NIDA Intramural Program, NIH
Bruce Hope is a senior investigator (PI) and Chief of Neuronal Ensembles in Addiction (NEA) Section in the Behavioral Neuroscience Branch at National Institute on Drug Abuse Intramural Research Program, part of NIH.