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07/17/18 | Opportunity: Janelia Executive Director & HHMI Vice President

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HHMI is seeking an exceptional scientist and leader to join our Janelia Research Campus as Executive Director. 

Janelia’s defining feature is a “small labs, big science” approach to solving important scientific problems and catalyzing research that can then be carried forward by academic, nonprofit, and industry researchers worldwide. As part of our commitment to innovation, Janelia recently introduced intentional turnover into our approach toward scientific inquiry. Janelia now supports up to three designated research areas, each operating for 15 years, along with ongoing tool development and theory teams. The current research area and the tool development and theory teams consist of newly appointed Heads and small, independent labs that collaborate to overcome barriers that limit biological inquiry. This model, combined with generous scientific support and an emphasis on developing early-career scientists, makes Janelia a unique research environment.

The Executive Director plays the primary leadership role at Janelia. This position is an exciting opportunity for a leader of both people and ideas to set overarching strategy: providing direction, removing obstacles, and creating new and better ways for Janelia to succeed. The Executive Director will be responsible for maintaining and developing Janelia’s culture, fostering an ethos and passion for excellent science through collaboration, and cultivating a sense of purpose and responsibility among all at Janelia.

The Executive Director serves as a Vice President of HHMI and a member of the Institute’s senior leadership team. As such, this role contributes to and executes Institute-wide strategy to advance HHMI science and operations. The Director reports to HHMI’s President and, working closely with the President, seeks counsel from the Board of Trustees and HHMI advisory boards about significant strategic decisions at Janelia.

The successful candidate for this role has broad scientific expertise in the life sciences and demonstrated leadership experience. This candidate has a reputation for thinking inclusively and placing a high priority on recruiting and developing scientists from diverse backgrounds. If the successful candidate has an active research laboratory, it can be maintained, if moved to Janelia.