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, optogenetics, chemogenetics, and light-sheet microscopy to study neuronal ensemble function and mechanisms in our operant behaviors. The ideal candidate will want to tie this work with our unique tools for identifying and manipulating both calcium-based and Fos-expressing neuronal ensembles in these behaviors 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 cell biology and behavior models. The NEA section has miniscopes for calcium imaging and many operant chambers for rodent behavior assessments. The BNRB also has full 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 doctor degree must be less than 5 years old. Computational neuroscience experience with imaging techniques in preclinical models 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). 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 .