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Group leaders

Are you ready to lead a lab in an inspiring and collaborative atmosphere?
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Group Leaders are outstanding scientists who lead laboratories that develop new tools or methods or bring innovative approaches to the study of biological problems in Janelia’s Research Areas or Core Research Areas.

How it works


Who you are


What you will work on

Janelia is seeking group leaders who are passionate about conducting research in one or more of the following scientific areas:

  • Building blocks of cognition through flies and fish
  • Cell Biological Mechanisms of Development
  • Computational Imaging
  • Computational System Biology
  • Control Theory
  • Cytoskeleton and Signaling Processes in Tissues
  • Deep Tissue and Intravital Imaging
  • Extracellular Matrix in Tissue
  • Interoception and Brain-Body Interactions
  • Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
  • Machine Learning
  • Metabolism in Tissue Environments
  • Organelle and Nuclear Biology
  • Synthetic Biology or Ex-Vivo Approaches in Building Tissue
  • Theoretical/Computational Neuroscience
  • Theoretical and Experimental Biophysics or Photophysics

Research at Janelia

Mechanistic Cognitive Neuroscience

Research groups in MCN aim to discover the circuit dynamics, network architectures, neuronal biophysics, synaptic rules, and molecular pathways that enable cognition. We strive for tight ‘theory-experiment’ loops that involve the collaborative design of conceptual frameworks, experiments, and analyses that unravel the complexities of behavior and its neural implementation. We particularly encourage applications from scientists who are interested in developing new approaches to expose how rodents, fish, and flies build and use internal models to produce flexible behavior in dynamic and uncertain environments.

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4D Cellular Physiology 

4D Cellular Physiology aims to establish strong technical, biological, and conceptual bridges that bring physiology within reach of mechanistic cell biology. We feel that this problem is now at a turning point with tools, existing or within reach, for measuring dynamics of heterogeneous cells within tissue environments and harnessing computation and theory to understand how communities of cells self-organize and communicate to create functional organs and organisms.

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Molecular Tools and Imaging

MTI seeks tool-builders who are independent experts in a range of physical, chemical, and biological disciplines to develop creative solutions for problems in biology. Current tool-builders at Janelia develop microscopes that allow imaging of biological systems with unprecedented resolution and depth as well as new imaging agents that enable measurement of phenomena inside cells or animals.

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Computation and Theory

Our computational scientists develop machine vision and learning algorithms to analyze and interpret raw data across spatial and temporal scales. Our theorists develop theoretical frameworks and data-driven computational models to distill general principles that govern how and why biological systems operate the way they do.

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Collaboration is a key value at Janelia. Researchers whose work spans the interface between our research areas are always encouraged to apply.


If you have questions about the application process, contact Zarixia Zavala-Ruiz, Senior Director of Scientific Programs.