Group leaders are at all career stages, ranging from those who have just completed their PhD to more senior scientists, similar to HHMI investigators. Janelia fellows are independent, early-career scientists engaged in research that is synergistic but distinct from existing Janelia labs. Both types of scientists do hands-on research and collaborate with other labs at Janelia.
Beginning September 2015, you can apply for group leader and fellow positions year round. Completed applications will be reviewed as promptly as possible; however, candidates will generally be notified of the outcome a few weeks after our internal application review deadlines (April 1, August 1, and December 1).
We support our scientists by providing access to tools, space, and staff, allowing them to focus on their research. All labs at Janelia are internally funded, requiring no extramural grants, and our scientists have no formal teaching duties and minimum administrative responsibilities.
Who Are We Looking For?
We seek highly interactive and collaborative scientists from a range of career stages and disciplines, including biology, chemistry, computer science, physics, and engineering. Strong candidates identify an important problem, clearly articulate how solving the problem will have a large impact on the field, and present a plausible strategy for solving that problem. Such a strategy will almost always be bold and will often be risky.
A complete application includes curriculum vitae, vision statement, up to three publications or manuscripts (including a brief summary of their significance), and three letters of recommendation. The vision statement should describe the applicant’s scientific plans if offered a position at Janelia.
Applicants should propose a research program designed to tackle a question or develop a method that has the potential to be of high impact and potentially transformative. It is not necessary for the proposed research program to be an extension of previous work and, in contrast to traditional proposals, extensive preliminary data or demonstration of the feasibility of the specific aims is neither necessary nor preferred. Instead, we encourage candidates to propose an innovative research program, designed to tackle a question or develop a method that has the potential to transform a field.
While we will consider applicants at any career stage, we expect that a high proportion of successful applicants will be junior postdoctoral fellows or exceptional PhD students. We also encourage applications from individuals who currently work in non-academic environments.