Research Technician - Fly Optogenetics, Behavior and Anatomy

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Ashburn, VA
Apr 20, 2017
Apr 21, 2017
Analyst, Research
Healthcare, Research
Full Time
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 US 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 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. Qualifications:B.S., MS, or Ph.D. in a relevant scientific or engineering field required.Hands-on experience in at least two of the following areas preferable:ImmunohistochemistryConfocal imagingAnimal behavior researchDrosophila geneticsFly brain dissections or similarComputer 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, DC), 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 ( Research Campus / Howard Hughes Medical Institute19700 Helix DriveAshburn, 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.