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Janelia Lab Head Application

HHMI is now accepting applications for lab heads at the Janelia Farm Research Campus. To begin, please register and log in below.

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We invite applications from biochemists, biologists, chemists, computer scientists, engineers, geneticists, mathematicians, neurobiologists, physicists and statisticians at an early career stages who are passionate in their pursuit of important problems in basic scientific and technical research. Janelia lab heads are independent scientists and appointments may be made at either of two levels:


Fellows are independent scientists with labs of up to two additional members. Appointments are for five years.

Group Leaders

Group leaders are independent scientists, similar to HHMI investigators, with labs of up to six additional members. The initial appointment is for six years. Thereafter, group leaders will be reviewed for reappointment every five years.

At Janelia, we pursue challenging basic biomedical problems for which future progress requires technological innovation. We focus on two research areas: the identification of general principles that govern how information is processed by neuronal circuits and the development of imaging technologies and computational methods for image analysis. We have decided to broaden our foci at the Fellow level—we also seek very promising, early career stage scientists with interests beyond these two major foci. We expect that Janelia would be attractive to people with scientific programs that could benefit from collaborators or technologies already at Janelia. We also value people with new perspectives who will contribute to our intellectual community.

Examples might include:

  • A cell biologist looking to apply super-resolution optical microscopy to their work.
  • A computer scientist interested in machine vision.
  • A physicist interested in instrument development.
  • A biochemist interested in single molecule imaging.

Janelia Farm is now home to a growing, multidisciplinary community of more than forty research groups and four project teams. Our scientists are supported by outstanding shared resource facilities within a unique campus less than an hour from Washington, DC. All research is internally funded, without extramural grants. Janelia offers a highly interactive working environment with on-site childcare, fitness center, and dining facilities. Individual research groups are limited in size. We value research collaboration between groups as a mechanism to enable long-range innovative science and encourage the self-assembly of interdisciplinary teams of scientists. In addition we support external collaborative science through a scientific visitor program.

Deadline Dates

All materials, including letters of reference, must be completed and submitted by November 26, 2013 02:00 PM EST.
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