National Institutes of Health
January 30, 2021
Bethesda, Maryland
Job Type
Contact Person/Department
Dante Picchioni


The Advanced MRI Section (AMRI) in the Intramural Research Program of the NINDS at NIH in Bethesda, Maryland is seeking a postdoctoral fellow for its all-night EEG-fMRI sleep study.

In addition to developing unique methods for white matter imaging, ultra-low and ultra-high field imaging, and perfusion imaging, the Section is interested in studying the brain with fMRI during sleep.  This encompasses the characterization of both neuronal and autonomic activity changes across the full range of arousal states during overnight sleep. After a successful pilot study, AMRI recently started a main study that is currently in full swing. Early analysis of the pilot data has revealed novel interactions between autonomic and neural activity that will be further investigated with advanced analysis techniques. It is anticipated that further development of analysis approaches will be important for proper analysis and interpretation of the data.

As part of the NIH intramural program, AMRI has access to unique imaging and computational resources, including access to 3T and 7T MRI scanners, EEG and MEG systems, and a large (currently 95,000-core) computational cluster. In addition, it has expertise in state-of-the-art MRI imaging techniques and data analysis tools, and a dedicated group of researchers including MRI physicists and sleep neuroscientists.


  • Willingness and ability to work night shifts
  • Willingness and ability to work in the MRI environment
  • A strong desire to learn or continue to learn sleep, circadian, and/or ultradian neuroscience
  • Strong quantitative data analysis skills in advanced statistics, signal processing, and/or scientific computer programming
  • Ability to propose novel avenues research and/or novel methods

The start date is flexible. Applicants are requested to send curriculum vitae to Dante Picchioni, Ph.D. at: [email protected]. It is encouraged to include contact information for three references from mentors and/or colleagues.

For more information on the laboratory, see:

For more information on the NIH Postdoctoral Intramural Research Training Award Program, see:

A physical will be used to determine your ability to work night shifts and in the MRI environment.  You cannot perform these essential functions if you ever had a seizure; if you ever had a psychotic, depressive, or bipolar disorder; or if you have a contraindication for MRI.


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