Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Research Technician – Neuroanatomy Proofreading

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Ashburn, United States

About HHMI:

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is a science philanthropy whose mission is to advance biomedical research and science education for the benefit of humanity. We empower exceptional scientists and students to pursue fundamental questions about living systems, and work to share scientific discoveries with researchers, students, and science-curious individuals around the world.

Founded in 1953 by aviator and industrialist Howard R. Hughes, HHMI is headquartered in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and employs more than 2,500 people across the U.S. Visit to learn more about working at HHMI.


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



Researchers at Janelia have imaged a complete adult fruit fly brain with electron microscopy. A multi-lab research project has been funded by the Wellcome Trust to reconstruct the neuronal circuits underlying learning and memory within this whole-brain data set, focusing on the fly mushroom body. Participating labs include those of Gregory Jefferis, Scott Waddell and Matthias Landgraf in the UK, and Gerry Rubin and Davi Bock in the USA.

The research labs of  Stephan Saalfeld and Jan Funke are developing world leading computational methods to automatically reconstruct neural circuits from electron microscopy volumes.  To train, test, and compare these methods, large scale ground truth annotation is required that is currently not available.

We seek excellent individuals to become full-time research technicians for this project at Janelia. You will use custom annotation software to proof-read automatic neuron reconstructions and the synapses between them.  Working closely with neuroscientists and computer scientists, you will develop your research skills and scientific independence, as well as your ability to work in a collaborative team setting.


Essential Qualifications:

  • Ability to dedicate 40 hours a week on a regular basis
  • Good color vision
  • Ability to mentally visualize complex, three dimensional structures
  • Ability to work at a computer workstation, performing detailed, repetitive tasks for long periods of time
  • Proactive, resourceful, and generate results according to defined deadlines
  • Ability to think at multiple levels of abstraction
  • Ability to work independently, yet assimilate well into a team


Desirable Attributes:

  • Experience interpreting light and/or electron microscopy images of brain tissue
  • Experience with Python, Java or other programming languages


HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.

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