Allen Institute

Scientist - Neural Circuits and Behavior

Brain Science

The mission of the Allen Institute is to unlock the complexities of bioscience and advance our knowledge to improve human health. Using an open science, multi-scale, team-oriented approach, the Allen Institute focuses on accelerating foundational research, developing standards and models, and cultivating new ideas to make a broad, transformational impact on science.

We seek a Scientist to be an essential member of a team investigating cortical circuits mediating learning and behavior in the mouse brain. Using our standardized Allen Brain Observatories, we are generating systematic datasets of neural activity including 2-photon calcium imaging of genetically defined cell populations (observatory.brain-map.org/visualcoding) and electrophysiological datasets acquired with Neuropixels probes (portal.brain-map.org/explore/circuits/visual-coding-neuropixels). The next phase of this work focuses on how neural coding is modified by experience, expectation, and motivation. The datasets and software created as part of this project will be publicly released as an open resource for the community, in line with the Allen Institute's core principles of big science, open science, and team science.

The primary role of this Scientist will be to perform computational analysis of large-scale neurophysiological datasets collected in the context of an active behavioral task. Areas of focus include cell type-specific processing, population dynamics, and functional interactions between diverse areas, layers, and cell types.

This Scientist will contribute to shared codebases and develop workflows for analysis and manipulation of multidimensional datasets. This will involve use of data science techniques including regression, classification, dimensionality reduction, and unsupervised learning. Data visualization and clear scientific communication are also critical. As part of a highly collaborative environment, enthusiasm for working with and learning from others is essential to this role.

Essential Functions

  • Collaborate with scientific and technical teams
  • Contribute to experimental design and creation of open data resources
  • Develop computational tools for analyzing and visualizing large-scale neurophysiological and behavioral datasets
  • Understand and utilize internal databases for data management
  • Visualize multidimensional data and communicate scientific results
  • Publish results in peer reviewed journals and present findings at scientific conferences
  • Present periodic summary of progress to research community at the Institute

Required Education and Experience

  • PhD in Neuroscience, Computational Neuroscience, Computer Science, Applied Math, or related field
  • Strong programming ability for use in scientific analysis
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Enthusiasm for creative problem solving
  • Desire to work as part of a team in a collaborative environment
  • Scientist I: 0+ years experience
  • Scientist II: 3+ years experience

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Python programming experience
  • Experience with Python tools for scientific computing (numpy, scipy, pandas, scikit-learn, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of Git for version control and collaborative coding
  • Experience in systems neuroscience including extracellular electrophysiology, calcium imaging, or behavioral analysis
  • Strong scientific publication record

Additional Comments

Please note, this opportunity does sponsor work visas and offers relocation assistance.

For additional information and to apply click below: alleninstitute.org/what-we-do/brain-science/careers/job-search/

For additional questions please contact: Rachel Emery, recruiter at rachel.emery@alleninstitute.org

It is the policy of the Allen Institute to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, the Allen Institute will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

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Last updated: 2020-08-05