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Staff Scientist/Team Leader Position Available

21 February 2022

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is recruiting for a Staff Scientist/Team Leader position to direct the Scientific and Statistical Computing Core/AFNI Team. The primary function of this group is to support multimodal neuroimaging research in the intramural research program (IRP) at NIH. This includes (i) applying, extending, and developing new and existing software tools and techniques to conduct pioneering analyses on a diverse array of neuroimaging modalities (e.g. MRI, DTI, fMRI, MEG, PET, and EEG), (ii) advising and training IRP researchers on neuroimaging analysis methods, and (iii) leading the future growth and development of the AFNI code base.

Primary responsibilities of the Team Leader will include serving as a partner in and facilitator of neuroimaging research within the NIMH IRP; providing guidance on study design; and ensuring that appropriate standards of quality, rigor, and transparency are maintained. They will also act in coordination with the leaders of the Data Science and Sharing and Machine Learning Teams. Finally, they will be responsible for management and supervision of approximately 9 full time staff members including software engineers, statisticians, and other biomedical science professionals.

The successful candidate must be committed to scientific excellence and highly collaborative research, ensuring an immense impact on the fields of brain imaging and mental health research. Candidates must have earned a Ph.D. or M.D. and demonstrate experience as an outstanding scientist. Applicants must possess the ability to analyze, prioritize, and delegate resources while managing multiple projects.

Expertise and experience should include demonstration of positive and collegial interactions with staff at all levels and the ability to communicate and promote their research, software, and scholarly contributions. Applicants should also have knowledge and experience in software engineering, including writing, distributing, maintaining, and supporting scientific software for a large user base while adhering to community recognized standards and practices.

Appointees may be U.S. citizens, resident aliens, or non-resident aliens with, or eligible to obtain, a valid employment authorization visa. Applicants must submit a Curriculum Vitae and bibliography, including examples of scientific recognition (e.g. awards, honors, and outside activities), a cover letter describing your interest in the position and the relevance of past experience for it, and an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement (not to exceed 2 pages, single spaced) that describe your mentoring, teaching, or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse population of women, individuals from racial/ethnic minorities, and other groups who are underrepresented in biomedical research.

Please email application materials to Susan G. Amara, Ph.D., National Institute of Mental Health, c/o Stephanie Jones via email to:

Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Initial reviews will begin February 21, 2022

For additional information, you may contact: Dr. Peter Bandettini, Search Committee Chair and Senior Investigator, NIMH, at

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DHHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.
The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs and encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.