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Janelians pursue biology's most challenging problems in a uniquely innovative and collaborative atmosphere and reflect HHMI's reputation for excellence.
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We encourage applications from scientists at all career stages, from those just finishing their graduate degrees to senior, established scientists. Our workforce consists of scientists from all over the world. We also have career opportunities on our project teams, scientific computing staff, instrument design and fabrication team, and other research positions outside of the competition system. Those research positions are posted on a rolling basis.

Lab Positions

We invite applications from biochemists, biologists, chemists, computer scientists, engineers, mathematicians, neurobiologists, and physicists who are passionate in their pursuit of important problems in basic scientific and technical research. All laboratories are internally funded without extramural grants, and scientists at Janelia have no formal teaching duties and minimal administrative responsibilities. Competitions for these positions are open in the fall and spring.

Group Leaders

Janelia group leaders are independent scientists who direct a small team of researchers. Group leaders are at all career stages, ranging from those who have just completed their PhD to more senior scientists, similar to HHMI investigators. Early career scientists interested in establishing an independent research program at Janelia are encouraged to apply for a Group Leader position. Postdoctoral experience is not required. Senior Group leaders must have a minimum of 10 years of experience running a research laboratory or equivalent.

Senior Group Leaders

Janelia is also seeking Senior Group Leaders. These are scientists with a minimum of 10 years of experience running a research laboratory and an interest in mentoring our early-career group leaders.

Theory Fellow

Our Computation & Theory group is recruiting early-career scientists in mathematics, physics, computer science, and engineering to join our Theory Fellows program. 

Postdoctoral Associates

Postdoctoral associates work in the laboratories of Janelia lab heads. Appointments are made for a one-year period and may extend for a total of five years. Recruitment for postdoctoral associates is ongoing. Please send correspondence to individual group leaders to get more information about potential postdoctoral positions in their labs or apply for a postdoctoral associate position found in our jobs listing.


High School

Janelia provides internship opportunities for a small number of high school students in coordination with Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS). The program offers LCPS high school students the opportunity to spend eight weeks at Janelia during the summer. Students apply to the program through LCPS; students can get information from their science teachers. 


The Janelia-Meyerhoff Undergraduate Summer Program allows undergraduate students at Meyerhoff sister institutions to participate in a 10-week summer program aimed at well-prepared, independent, committed students with significant research experience. 

Other Internships

Additional internship positions are posted on our career site as opportunities arise.

Other Science and Technology Positions

Janelia also offers other outstanding scientific positions. We have opportunities for research specialists, computational scientists, engineers, members of our support teams, and more.

Operations Team

The members of Janelia's administration, facilities, and information technology teams are an indispensable part of our scientific community.

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HHMI is committed to equal opportunity in employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or a related medical condition), gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, military or veteran status, physical or mental disability, ancestry, ethnicity, genetic information, genetic status or characteristic, citizenship, marital status, or other legally protected status. 

Applicants have rights under federal employment laws. For more information about your rights as an applicant, please review these posters: Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)Know Your Rights and Employee Polygraph Protection Act (EPPA).

If you need an accommodation to help navigate the recruitment process, please contact All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations.