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Sensory Testing Technician

Application Deadline: August 01, 2020

Department of Health and Human Services 
National Institutes of Health 
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health 
Division of Intramural Research 

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is hiring a Sensory Testing Technician for the National Institutes of Health Pain Center. 

The Sensory Testing Technician will work on pain-related studies within the NIH Pain Center and act as a contact person for collaborative studies within the center. 

Specific tasks include:

  • Conduct somatosensory and pain-related quantitative sensory testing
  • Conduct autonomic testing of patients and healthy volunteers
  • Conduct pain-related neuroimaging studies of patients and healthy volunteers
  • Work with investigators from multiple institutes and centers to design sensory, autonomic, and imaging testing procedures to best characterize pain conditions associated with individual conditions, treatments, and diseases
  • Participate in the writing of clinical protocols to study pain mechanisms
  • Perform data analysis of sensory, autonomic, and neuroimaging data
  • Participate in the writing of scientific papers.

The successful candidate must have a B.A./B.Sc., M.A./M.Sc., or Ph.D. degree in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field. The ideal candidate will have expertise in human sensory testing. Experience in neuroimaging programs, including FSL, SPM, and AFNI, and programming and analysis experience in MATLAB, R, or other languages is highly desirable. Requirements will be flexible for candidates with clinical experience in pain populations.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. 

Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and names of three references to Dr. M. Catherine Bushnell at

DHHS, NIH, and NCCIH are equal opportunity employers. Applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged. This position is subject to a background investigation.