Job Opportunity: Tenure-Track Investigator, NIAA

Kate Stuart
March 3, 2014

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is recruiting for a tenure-track investigator to establish and direct an independent research program in the area of human brain imaging in the Laboratory of Clinical and Translational Studies (LCTS), Division of Intramural Clinical and Biological Research (DICBR), NIAAA. In consideration of the extensive co-morbidity of addictive disorders, the clinical investigators at the NIAAA intramural clinical program work closely together with their colleagues at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), under joint leadership. The goal of this search is to identify a candidate who will serve as a Tenure-Track Investigator, and enhance this collaborative environment.

We are seeking an early career investigator who is committed to scientific excellence, recognized as having potential to become an international scientific leader, and understands the intellectual benefits of collaborative research to pursue emerging areas of clinical research opportunity. Applicants must hold an M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent degree, and have relevant post-doctoral experience. Criteria for selection include previous experience in investigating brain processes relevant to alcoholism. To be successful, an applicant will also have demonstrated ability to apply functional brain imaging, in studies in humans, as a biomarker in studies evaluating novel candidate therapeutics, and/or in studies of alcoholism risk related to genetic, developmental and/or environmental factors. We are looking for candidates with documented productivity in a complex and diverse clinical research context, experience in pursuing innovative, high-risk research aimed at identifying novel therapeutic approaches to addictive disorders, and a strong publication record.

The selected candidate will receive independent resources from NIAAA for funding start-up costs and on-going program operations, and will be responsible for managing these resources (budget, human resources and space). NIAAA will provide clinical, laboratory and office space adequate to establish an outstanding clinical research program. Space will be made available at the Mark O. Hatfield Clinical Research Center (CRC) on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland - a state-of-the-art 240 bed hospital, fully devoted to clinical and translational studies. The broader NIH campus provides a rich and highly interactive translational neuroscience environment. Full federal benefits including leave, health and life insurance, retirement, and savings plans are provided. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

The position is open to both U.S. and non-U.S. citizens. Interested candidates wishing to be considered for this position must submit a curriculum vitae, bibliography, and a brief proposal that reflects the applicants research interests/goals and an approach for establishing an independent research program and the names and contact information (work/E-mail addresses, phone/fax) of at least three references via pdf or Microsoft word format only - paper applications will not be accepted. Please submit applications via Secure Email to:

Review of applications will begin on or about April 1, 2014 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

For additional information, you may contact: 
Markus Heilig, MD, PhD, Clinical Director, NIAAA @ 301-435-9386 or @ 
George Kunos, MD, PhD, Scientific Director, NIAAA @  

The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities and individuals with disabilities. DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.