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Annotator - Connectomics Annotation (Multiple Openings)

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
United States, Maryland, Chevy Chase
4000 Jones Bridge Road (Show on map)
December 24, 2023
Primary Work Address: 19700 Helix Drive, Ashburn, VA, 20147 Current HHMI Employees, click here to apply via your Workday account.


Advanced imaging techniques at HHMI Janelia Research Campus produce image data that require careful voxel-level annotation to extract useful information about the imaged biological structures. Data annotation is an essential component in training automated image processing techniques, such as deep learning, and requires meticulous attention to detail.

About the role:

We seek individuals with outstanding interest in science and attention to detail to become full- or part-time (minimum 20 hours per week) annotators in a shared resource team called Connectomics Annotation. As an annotator, you will annotate images and videos to establish automated data processing pipelines. You will be trained on required technologies upon starting the work and learn new methods and technologies as they are developed. This is a unique opportunity to join a dynamic team within Scientific Operations in a highly collaborative and supportive research environment.

As part of your application, please submit a cover letter.

Please note we have multiple openings for this position.

Please note this is a term-limited position for one year.

What we provide:

  • Personalized training on required technology

  • A flexible hybrid schedule (must be willing to come onsite to Janelia in Ashburn, VA at least twice per week)

  • Competitive compensation package with comprehensive health and welfare benefits

What you'll do:

  • Gain an in-depth knowledge (through on-the-job training) of using both commercial and custom annotation software tools

  • Correctly identify, analyze, and collect relevant data from images and videos as instructed by scientific staff

  • Provide feedback to further develop the annotation software and workflows

  • Review/correct existing automatically or manually generated annotations

  • Communicate efficiently with the manager, team members, researchers, and other support groups at Janelia

What you bring:
  • Some college-level training in cellular biology, neuroscience, physics, chemistry, biomedical engineering, imaging, or computer science required

  • Demonstrated proficiency with computers

  • Ability to perform repetitive tasks while paying close attention to detail

  • Ability to understand and apply guidelines for data entry

  • Good organizational skills

  • Proactive, resourceful, and able to generate results according to defined deadlines

  • Ability to mentally visualize complex, three-dimensional structures

  • Proficiency with spreadsheets (Microsoft, Google)

Physical Requirements:

Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet).

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Please Note:

This job description sets forth the job's principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however. Unless they begin with the word "may," the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are "essential functions" of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Compensation Range:

Annotator, Connectomics Annotation - $20.00 (minimum) - $25.61 (maximum)

Pay Type: Hourly

HHMI's salary structure is developed based on relevant job market data. HHMI considers a candidate's education, previous experiences, knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as internal equity when making job offers. Typically, a new hire for this position in this location is compensated between the minimum and the midpoint of the salary range.

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