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Imaging Experts / Technologists (Multiple Positions, Multiple Disciplines)

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
United States, Maryland, Chevy Chase
4000 Jones Bridge Road (Show on map)
May 26, 2023
Primary Work Address: 19700 Helix Drive, Ashburn, VA, 20147 Current HHMI Employees, click here to apply via your Workday account.


Microscopy is at the essence of Janelia, and it permeates every stratum of our scientific, educational, and outreach programs There are Janelia labs that develop transformative imaging technologies and analysis methods in collaboration with expert labs and team projects whose main focus is applications in biological research.

Janelia's Scientific Operations teams are developing, implementing, and sharing imaging excellence with both our own labs through our shared resource facilities and with the broader research community through the Advanced Imaging Center. And we don't just mean sharing microscopes. Scientific Operations is pushing the limits of all aspects of microscopy. We are also interested in deepening our capabilities in intravital imaging, computational microscopy, and machine learning.

This interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to microscopy is propelled by superb scientists. As Janelia looks to further expand its bold missions in microscopy and life sciences, we are geared up to attract diverse, talented, and motivated imaging experts to become integral parts of this exciting endeavor. Join us in developing the future of imaging science!

About the Role:

This posting is designed as an open call for imaging experts who are excited and driven by the central role of imaging in Janelia's research and have not found other posted Janelia positions that clearly match their background and desired career direction. Please carefully review all of the specific imaging-related job postings before applying to this position. If you do not find the perfect role in other posted positions and would like to share your own qualifications and intended career direction in support of Janelia's research, please do so here.

Please note that this is not the correct avenue to apply for a Group Leader position at Janelia or to request funding for a scientific project. Our interest is in attracting excellent imaging scientists to come to Janelia to work and contribute to our current and future research endeavors.

What we provide:

  • A broad and unique set of challenges for dedicated imaging scientists, specialists, technicians, heavily emphasizing collaboration between labs, projects, and support teams.

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

  • Multi-dimensional opportunities for skills and career development within the imaging sciences.

  • Dedicated physical and financial resources to support.

What you'll do:

  • The purpose of this posting is to gain the opportunity to learn more about your experience, expertise, and interests. If an opportunity to work together exists, we will define specific roles and responsibilities to fit the situation.

What you bring:

  • This is exactly what we hope to learn from you in this process. As part of your application, we encourage you to submit a cover letter explaining your interest in working at Janelia and how your unique background could impact our research and support teams. This is as an opportunity to differentiate yourself, and we appreciate a keen eye for detail.

We are excited to learn more about you and your experience!

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). Work may involve possible exposure to malodorous vapors, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances or other hazardous materials.

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.


This posting encompasses many different possible positions and specific compensation will depend on the individual candidate and their background/experiences, etc. We'd love to talk more about this during the application process. Below are some examples of possible positions:

Associate Engineer (varying disciplines):

$25.50 (minimum) - $37.33 (midpoint) - $49.16 (maximum)

Pay Type: Hourly

Senior Optical Engineer:

$100,568.80 (minimum) - $125,711.00 (midpoint) - $163,424.30 (maximum)

Pay Type: Annual

Scientific Computing Associate:

$69,850 (minimum) - $87,400 (midpoint) - $113,520 (maximum)

Pay Type: Annual

Software Engineer (varying levels):

$63,500 (minimum) - $123,655 (midpoint) - $183,810 (maximum)

Pay Type: Annual

Research Specialist (varying levels):

$64,460 (minimum) - $101,035 (midpoint) - $137,610 (maximum)

Pay Type: Annual

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.

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.

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