Physician–Senior Investigator, NIMH

Review begins: September 1, 2019

Build a research program that matches your vision!  The Intramural Research Programs (IRP) of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institutes of Health (NIH), invites outstanding individuals to apply for a tenure eligible position in areas of clinical or translational research in mental health.  The NIMH IRP currently has clinical research programs to support new applicants in the areas of child and adult psychiatry, cognitive/affective neuroscience, mood and anxiety, psychosis, and functional imaging (MRI, PET, MRS, and MEG).  These programs operate in one of the largest and most active neuroscience research communities in the world.  Facilities include state-of-the-art neuroimaging and in-patient and out-patient programs within the NIH Clinical Center, all dedicated to research, and located on the NIH Campus, Bethesda, Maryland.  Visit and for more information. 

A successful individual will be expected to develop and direct an independent research laboratory focused on problems relevant to the mental health community.  Individuals interested in neurodevelopment, cognition, mood and anxiety disorders, psychosis, and experimental therapeutics are particularly encouraged to apply.  Candidates who make use of state-of-the-art techniques in stem cell biology, genomics/epigenomics, systems neuroscience, pathophysiology, population sciences/epidemiology, or experimental medicine to study problems relevant to mental health are also encouraged to apply.  Candidates must have earned an M.D., an M.D./Ph.D. (or equivalent degree), or a Ph.D. with a clinical background, from a school in the US or Canada or foreign medical school with ECFMG certification and will have demonstrated experience as an outstanding independent investigator.  In addition, the candidate must possess an active, full and unrestricted license.  An individual selected for the position is expected to build a dynamic and productive research laboratory, mentor and train scientists, and make use of the excellent opportunities for collaborative, translational, and high-risk/high-reward science available at the NIH.  Laboratory space and startup funds, access to shared research facilities, and on-going research support are competitive with premier academic institutions. Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments and a full Civil Service package of benefits (including retirement, health, life and long-term care insurance, and a Thrift Savings Plan) is available.

Applicants should send curriculum vitae, bibliography, statement of research interests, and have three letters of reference sent to: Susan G. Amara, Ph.D., National Institute of Mental Health, c/o Jane Schriver via email to, indicating “ Clinical Investigator Recruit” in the subject line.  Please include in your CV a description of your mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women and persons from racial/ethnic or other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research.  Applications will begin to be reviewed in September 2019 and continue until the position is filled. 

DHHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.