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.
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 and Fellows
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.
Janelia fellows are independent, early-career scientists engaged in hands-on research that is synergistic but distinct from existing Janelia labs.
We accept applications for group leaders and fellows year round. Completed applications will be reviewed as promptly as possible; however, candidates will generally be notified of the outcome after each application review deadline (April 1, August 1, and December 1). If you have questions about the application process, contact Zarixia Zavala-Ruiz, Sr. Science Program Manager.
A complete application includes a curriculum vitae, vision statement, up to three publications or manuscripts (along with a brief summary of their significance; ~300 words), and three letters of recommendation. The vision statement (~2000 words) 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.
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.
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.
Well-qualified undergraduate students can apply to the Janelia Undergraduate Scholars Program, a 10-week summer program aimed at well-prepared, independent, committed students with significant research experience.
Additional internship positions are posted on our career site as opportunities arise.
Janelia also offers other outstanding scientific positions. We have opportunities for research specialists, computational scientists, engineers, members of our support teams, and more.
The members of Janelia's administration, facilities, and information technology teams are an indispensable part of our scientific community.
Explore this page to learn how career scientists make key contributions to transformative research at Janelia.
Students & Postdocs
Are you exceptional, independent and ready to learn? Janelia wants you. In addition to our resident and visiting scientists, we support a small number of exceptional graduate, undergraduate students, and postdoctoral associates.