Postdoctoral Fellow – Novel Medications and Mechanisms of Substance Use Disorder, Voltammetry, Fiber Photometry, and Neurotransmitter Biosensors

Posted 2 months ago

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow to explore the neurochemistry of novel treatment strategies related to substance use disorder (SUD). The position is within the Medication Development Program at the Intramural Research Program (IRP), Baltimore, MD.

Our research is aimed to address key-pathways, brain areas, mechanisms of action and pharmacologic targets for development of SUD medications. Our facilities are well organized, fostering the possibility to interact and collaborate with internationally renowned basic science and clinical NIDA-IRP investigators. Our neurochemistry suite, which includes in-vivo Fast scan cyclic voltammetry (FSCV) and microdialysis techniques, is expanding to include in vivo fiber photometry analysis of neurotransmitters (dLight, GRABDA, etc.). Behavioral equipment is also available for full-time research. This multidisciplinary effort will also include investigating novel drugs in preclinical models of SUD in rodents. Individuals with interests and expertise in FSCV and/or fiber photometry and neurotransmitter biosensors to study CNS disease mechanisms and treatment are especially encouraged to apply.  In addition to the research activities and projects, the post-doctoral fellow will have access to educational, mentoring and grant writing training opportunities at the NIDA- and NIH-wide levels. Please check the NIH OITE website for information on salary and benefits.

An M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent degree is required. The ideal candidate will have strong experience in FSCV, fiber photometry, and optogenetic techniques and a Ph.D. in a related field (neuroscience, chemistry, and/or pharmacology research). A research background in pharmacology, neuroscience, chemistry, behavioral science and/or drug abuse neurobiology is preferred. The position is open to both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens.

To apply, please send a CV, one -page statement of research background and interests, and arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be sent to: Dr. Gianluigi Tanda, Email:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs. DHHS, NIH and NIDA are Equal Opportunity Employers

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