Research Technician – Fly Optogenetics, Behavior and Anatomy
- Ashburn, VA
Primary Work Address: 19700 Helix Drive, Ashburn, VA, 20147
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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.
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.
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B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. in a relevant scientific or engineering field required.
Hands-on experience in at least two of the following areas preferable:
- Confocal imaging
- Animal behavior research
- Drosophila genetics
- Fly brain dissections or similar
- Computer programming (especially Matlab)
Applicants with previous experience working with insect neuroanatomy, sensory or motor systems, or an interest in quantitative animal behavior are especially encouraged to apply. Janelia is an exciting research environment (near Washington, D.C.), with abundant opportunities for collaboration.
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.
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.
HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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