Grad School and Research Opportunities

Some grad school and research opportunities sent to us by different programs.

Mayo Neurobiology of Disease

New Research Opportunity at NIH for Recent Grads:

NIH lobo

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Emotion and Development Branch (EDB), in Bethesda, MD, seeks qualified individuals to fill Research Assistant positions, with employment starting June 2008. EDB conducts research on the pathophysiology, treatment and prevention of child onset mental illnesses. Our research focuses on the investigation of pediatric bipolar disorder through the use of brain imaging techniques, behavioral tasks, and clinical interviews.

The full-time positions require a bachelor’s degree and a U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status (resident alien). A background or interest in neuroscience and/or fMRI analysis is preferred, but not required. A minimum commitment of one year is expected; however, a two-year commitment is preferred. Duties and responsibilities include assistance with and participation in all aspects of research including: literature review; protocol design; patient and normal volunteer screening and recruitment; protocol implementation; fMRI and behavioral data collection, entry and analysis; and manuscript preparation. This research involves using computer statistical and graphics programs, preparing blood samples, and researching scientific literature. In addition, the position involves regular patient contact during inpatient and outpatient clinic visits. Research assistants can observe diagnostic interviews with patients and become familiar with standard psychometric procedures.

The person selected for this position will work as part of a multidisciplinary research team comprised of physicians, psychologists, clinical social workers, and psychiatric nurses at the nation’s largest medical research center, the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.

Successful applicants will be awarded post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award (IRTA) Fellowships, which provide opportunities for recent college graduates to spend time engaged in biomedical investigation at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. Post-baccalaureate fellows are also expected to initiate the application process for graduate or medical school during their tenure.

Interested individuals should complete the online application found at the following website:

Interested individuals should also forward a letter of interest, resume, two letters of reference, and official college transcript to:
Emily Bever
National Institute of Mental Health
National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services
Building 10, Room 3N234
10 Center Drive, MSC 1255
Bethesda, MD 20892-1255

DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers

University of Chicago: Neurobiology of Language 11-09-07

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to ask that you inform your graduating seniors about the possibility of graduate studies at The University of Chicago. Although we are always interested in excellent students across all areas of psychology and neuroscience, I am specifically writing to you about those students who would like to study the neurobiology of language, from lower levels of speech perception and phonological processing to higher levels of discourse processing and pragmatics. Recently, we have had a strong interest in the relationship between neural circuitry for language and that for motor planning and action understanding. However, our work has also included studies in sentence and discourse processing, and students have considerable latitude in proposing their own topics within the general framework of language processing in the brain. An additional focus of our work has been to develop novel methods for experimental design and analysis, particularly for functional MRI, but also for behavioral research, and this can be seen in published papers on language and on methodology per se . Our laboratories have excellent facilities for this type of research, including a 3T MRI scanner, 128 channel ERP system, TMS system with stereotaxis, and eye tracking system. We also have access to cluster and grid computing systems both for modeling and for data analysis.
We have published a web page that includes this information, makes available PDF files of our recent articles, and provides links to the relevant Ph.D. programs in Psychology and Neuroscience:
Thanks very much.
Best regards,

PS Postdoctoral fellowships are also occasionally available. Please have your graduate students contact us if they are interested. --
Steven L. Small, Ph.D., M.D.
Professor of Neurology and Psychology
Senior Fellow, Computation Institute
The University of Chicago (773) 702-1133 (research office)
5841 S. Maryland Ave. MC-2030 (773) 702-2482 (fax)
Chicago, IL 60637

University of Wisconsin-Madison Neuroscience 11-09-07

I just wanted to encourage you to alert any good prospective neurobiology
graduate students to consider applying to the Neuroscience Training Program
here at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, of which I am now the
Chair. In past years we've had some excellent students from schools like
Carleton so we've decided to target those schools in hopes of getting more
applicants. Of course we have a website
( for students to explore for more
detailed information. Thanks for your help and perhaps we'll run into each other at FUN at SfN.


Prof. Tom C.T. Yin
Chair, Neuroscience Training Program
Dept. of Physiology
290 Medical Science Bldg.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI 53706
608 262 0368 (voice)
608 265 5512 (FAX)