Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Research Technician – Fly Optogenetics, Behavior and Anatomy

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Ashburn, United States


Summary: The Huston Lab at the Janelia Research Campus ( seeks a talented researcher to help conduct experiments related to understanding the neural circuits responsible for visual behaviors in the fly.  The Huston lab uses electrophysiology, behavioral, and genetic techniques to crack the neural circuits that transform visual inputs into the motor outputs underlying the Drosophila gaze stabilization behavior. You would apply the latest optogentic tools to map the behavioral functions of the neurons in this circuit.  This position is ideal for someone who is interested in being part of a team to apply the latest tools to a fundamental question in neuroscience.



  • B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. in a relevant scientific or engineering field required.
  • Hands-on experience in at least two of the following areas preferable:
    • Immunohistochemistry
    • Confocal imaging
    • Animal behavior research
    • Drosophila genetics
    • Fly brain dissections or similar
    • Computer programming (especially Matlab)
    • Electrophysiology


Applicants with previous experience working with insect neuroanatomy, sensory or motor systems, or an interest in quantitative animal behavior are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants who do not meet these requirements, but possess related interests and talents should inquire further by email.  Janelia is an exciting research environment (near Washington, D.C.), with abundant opportunities for collaboration. Interested applicants should apply by email; please include your curriculum vitae and research interests, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to:


Stephen Huston (

Janelia Research Campus / Howard Hughes Medical Institute

19700 Helix Drive

Ashburn, VA 20147


If you have specific salary requirements, please include them in your e-mail; all information is confidential.  HHMI is an equal opportunity employer.

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