Scientific Computing Associate I

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 U.S. 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


Scientific Computing Associate I (SCA I) position is an intensive training position to increase proficiency at software development technology and tools. Typically after six months, the SCA I will have the opportunity to progress to an SCA II for a time-limited appointment of 12 to 24 months in partnership with a Sponsor Lab in Janelia Labs or Team Projects. At the completion of the SCA II appointment, there is the potential for an additional 12-month extension. SCA I employees will learn software engineering and / or computational research, side by side with seasoned Scientific Computing Software professionals, and prepare to collaborate with world-class scientists in one of Janelia's research labs.


  • Successfully complete the full series of software engineering rotations required for the SCA program, demonstrating knowledge and competency with a wide range of software technologies and techniques.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write excellent code that leverages both cpu and gpu performance capabilities, as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with other developers and lab members to understand how to select the appropriate technology and design choices.
  • Be disciplined about using software development tools such as version control and issue trackers.
  • Research and effectively communicate tradeoffs that balance deliverable requirements, new features, and innovation.
  • Interview with participating Janelia Labs and Team Projects to identify and secure a mutually-agreeable space in a Sponsor Lab in which to work on one or more scientific software projects.
  • Willingness to fully engage in intensive training program and achieve milestones each training rotation
  • Passionately, energetically, and creatively pursue home lab software project(s), working closely with other Janelia scientists and software engineers.
  • Participate in Scientific Computing Software departmental meetings and social events.

  • Strong undergraduate or graduate background in mathematics, engineering, or science.
  • Software engineering and/or computational research skills.
  • A clear determination to pursue computational science or software engineering.
  • A willingness to learn and work at a fast pace, side-by-side with other Janelia scientists.
  • Confidence to work in a world-class research environment.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Evidence of hard work and intensity.
  • Results-oriented.

Please note: HHMI is committed to employing only individuals who are authorized to work in the United States, and not discriminating on the basis of national origin or citizenship in hiring, recruiting or terminating employees. HHMI is not offering work visa sponsorship for this position.

HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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