Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Section on Cellular and Cognitive Neurodevelopment
Position Type
Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dr. James Bourne, Chief of The Section on Cellular and Cognitive Neurodevelopment (SCCN), within the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Intramural Research Program, is recruiting talented Postdoctoral Fellows. The Section currently has multiple positions open and is looking for candidates with backgrounds in animal/ human molecular, cellular, physiological, and behavioral/ cognitive neurobiology who want to advance their careers in a world-leading research environment and as part of a dynamic and diverse team.

Development is an area of neuroscience that is often overlooked in terms of defining the substrate and cause of neurological and psychiatric disorders. Therefore, SCCNs overarching research goal is to probe the putative neural substrate of conditions through a developmental lens. A region of the brain that is of significant focus to SCCN is the pulvinar nuclei of the thalamus, which has expanded in size, complexity, and function throughout mammalian evolution. We are taking an intersectional and multidisciplinary approach to explore the development of thalamocortical circuits in animal models and humans and their plasticity into adulthood. For example, we have previously demonstrated how a small subdivision of the pulvinar is responsible for establishing visually guided reach-and-grasp behaviors, which become disrupted following early-life injury to this area (PNAS Research Article).

Applicants wishing to spearhead and develop their projects, capable of working independently, as part of a team, and with the numerous research facilities at NIH, are encouraged to apply. Appointments and salary are commensurate with research experience and accomplishments. For more information, check out the Postdoctoral Training program description.

How To Apply

Applicants should submit a CV, a 1-2 page description of their research interests and career goals, and the names of three references to Dr. Bourne at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position are filled.