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Research Associate I - 3D Reconstruction

Department: 2360- Neuroanatomy
Location: Seattle

Research Associate I - Morphology & 3D Reconstruction 

The Research Associate I is an entry-level position within the Morphology and 3D Reconstruction group and is an integral part of several activities in a research and data production environment.

Primary responsibilities include reconstructing neuronal morphologies, quality control of large-scale imaging data sets, identifying brain structures using reference atlases, adjusting and drawing 3D anatomical boundaries for structures, and working with PhD-level Neuroscientist on various projects.

This position requires a strong interest in learning detailed neuronal morphologies and brain anatomy, and the desire to work in a fast-paced team environment on large scientific projects. This person will report to the Senior Research Associate.


  • Morphological reconstruction of neurons
  • Quality control of brain tissue sections
  • Neuroanatomical identification and outlining of brain structures
  • Reliable and accurate documentation in LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) and/or other electronic files
  • Identify data quality issues and communicate to appropriate personnel
  • Must follow standard operating procedures and good laboratory practices
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • BA/BS in a life science or related field
  • 1-2 years of experience in a laboratory or research environment
  • Basic knowledge and interest in mammalian neuroanatomy and/or neurobiology
  • Experience working with MS Office Suite


  • BA/BS in Neuroscience or Neurobiology
  • Experience reconstructing neurons
  • Experience with a Laboratory Information Management System
  • Strong organization skills and careful attention to detail
  • Self-motivated, good work ethic and enthusiasm
  • Able to work independently and in a collaborative team environment
  • Experience working in a timeline and milestone-driven work environment.
  • Experience with Python, Photoshop, Image J, Neurolucida or other reconstructing software

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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