Research Assistant Position | The Mood, Brain and Development Unit (MBDU) | National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland

The Mood, Brain and Development Unit (MBDU) is seeking qualified applicants for a two-year, paid Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellowship, with employment starting in June 2018. IRTAs are part of a multidisciplinary research team of physicians, psychologists, clinical social workers, and psychiatric nurses at the nation’s largest medical research center, the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Within the Emotion and Development Branch of the NIMH, the Mood, Brain and Development Unit is led by principal investigator Argyris Stringaris, MD PhD, and conducts research using fMRI data to study the pathophysiology, treatment, and prevention of childhood-onset mental illness. Our studies are on the cutting edge of longitudinal research studying children and adolescents with major depression.

As a research assistant with MBDU you will gain experience working with patients in inpatient and outpatient settings. You will be involved in all aspects of the research process including observing diagnostic interviews with patients, administering standard psychometric measures, training subjects to participate in neuroimaging, and analyzing neuroimaging data. Duties and responsibilities include: patient and healthy volunteer screening and recruitment; protocol implementation; data collection, entry, and analysis; and manuscript preparation. This work involves using statistical and graphics programs and researching scientific literature.

Successful applicants will be awarded post-baccalaureate IRTA Fellowships which provide opportunities for recent college graduates to engage in biomedical investigation. The full-time, two-year positions require a bachelor’s degree and a U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status (resident alien). Post-baccalaureate fellows are also expected to initiate the application process for graduate or medical school.