Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Associate-Imaging

Howard Hughes Medical Institute   •  

Ashburn, VA

Not Specified years

Posted 241 days ago

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About Janelia

Janelia Research Campus is a pioneering research center in Ashburn, Virginia, where scientists pursue fundamental questions in neuroscience and imaging. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) launched Janelia in 2006, establishing an intellectually distinctive environment for scientists to do creative, collaborative, hands-on work. To learn more about working at Janelia, visit


Job Description:

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Research Campus is looking for an outstanding Research Scientist or Postdoctoral Associate interested in acquiring and analyzing state-of-the-art anatomical data to analyze axon projections in the mouse brain with unprecedented resolution and scale. The Mouse Light project team is an ongoing collaborative effort involving several research groups at Janelia. The team generates reconstructions of neuronal morphology, tracking individual axonal projections across the entire mouse brain. We seek a candidate interested in furthering our efforts by continuing to expand our library of imaged and reconstructed neurons and using this dataset to discover new principles of neuronal connectivity. Due to its early success, the project has received additional resources to increase the throughput of axonal reconstruction on an aggressive timeline. Individuals with a strong background in fluorescent microscopy and neurobiology who are interested in neuronal connectivity are encouraged to apply.

The Janelia Research Campus is a unique, world-class research institute with a major focus on the development of cutting-edge imaging and analysis tools. Candidates interested in this position would also have the opportunity to work closely with experts working on related neuroscience questions at Janelia (e.g., Nelson Spruston, Scott Sternson, Karl Svoboda, Adam Hantman, Josh Dudman and others).

Principal Responsibilities:

* Utilize state-of-the-art whole-brain imaging platform to collect high resolution data of labeled neurons across the entire mouse brain.

* Efficiently utilize and develop tools to analyze unique neuro-morphological data.

* Work collaboratively with a team of scientists, software engineers, and annotators/proofreaders to implement an effective strategy for next generation high-throughput neuronal morphology identification and reconstruction.

Preferred Qualifications:

*PhD in Neuroscience, Biology, Physics, Engineering or a related discipline.

*Strong background in fluorescent microscopy and neurobiology.

*Familiarity with programming languages such as Java, C/C++, Matlab, Python for analyzing imaging and morphological data.

*Ability to work and support interdisciplinary work in small groups.

*Ability to develop novel approaches.