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Science Program Manager

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
United States, Maryland, Chevy Chase
4000 Jones Bridge Road (Show on map)
March 02, 2023
Primary Work Address: 19700 Helix Drive, Ashburn, VA, 20147 Current HHMI Employees, click here to apply via your Workday account.

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. Our integrated teams of biologists, computational scientists, and tool-builders pursue a small number of scientific questions with potential for transformative impact. We share our methods, results, and tools with the scientific community. It is a uniquely innovative and collaborative atmosphere that reflects HHMI's reputation for excellence.

About the role:

Under the general supervision of the Senior Director of Scientific Programs, the Science Program Manager will manage the day-to-day operations of the Janelia Visiting Scientist Program and assist with the creation and implementation of the strategic vision and direction of the program. The Janelia Visiting Scientist Program brings together scientists to solve interdisciplinary problems - often making use of new and innovative technologies developed at Janelia.

About the team:

The Janelia Science and Training group creates and manages a range of dynamic and innovative scientific programs and activities that foster collaborations, intellectual interactions, and a culture of leadership development.

What we provide:

  • A competitive compensation package, with comprehensive health and welfare benefits.

  • A flexible hybrid schedule (M-F at home office, T-W-Th on-site).

  • Professional development opportunities

  • Attend and participate in Janelia's scientific seminars and conferences

  • One on one mentorship relationship with the senior director of scientific programs

What you'll do:

  • Provide scientific and operational support of the Janelia Visiting Scientists Program

  • Develop new workflows and procedures in response to changing needs at the institute, department, or program level

  • Contribute ideas and efforts to improve program quality and in turn, achievement of Janelia's overall mission

  • Maintain up-to-date program-related information on the Janelia website

  • Communicate directly with scientific staff (including Group Leaders, Fellows and Senior Fellows) regarding program activities, policies, or changes

  • Respond to inquiries from active and potential visitors and Janelia hosts

  • Serve as initial contact for program participants and provides direction and scientific advice as needed

  • Manage the visiting scientist program budget

  • Lead scientific tours for Janelia visitors and guests

What you bring:

  • PhD degree in a scientific discipline relevant to Janelia's research is required

  • Two or more years of postdoctoral research experience or equivalent

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Demonstrated ability to identify issues and propose methodological solutions

  • Ability to think conceptually

  • Excellent judgment, attention to detail and discretion are required

  • Ability to handle confidential information

  • Excellent verbal and written communication

Please include a cover letter with your application.

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 and Benefits

Our employees are compensated from a total rewards perspective in many ways for their contributions to our mission, including competitive pay, exceptional health benefits, retirement plans, time off, and a range of recognition and wellness programs. Visit our site to learn more.

Compensation Range

$94,835.20 (minimum) - $118,544.00 (midpoint) - $154,107.20 (maximum)

Pay Type:


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.