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Senior Scientist - Electrophysiology

Department: Brain AIx2 Management
Location: Seattle

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.

The Allen Institute for Brain Science has been a leader in the field of neuroscience for over 17 years; in 2021 we are launching a new research division to understand how dynamic neuronal signals at the level of the entire brain implement fundamental computations and drive flexible behaviors. This new Allen Institute research initiative aims to generate foundational data resources of unprecedented quality and breadth, while building software tools that will help us and the community answer fundamental scientific questions.

We are seeking a scientist to lead a program to understand how coordinated electrical activity of neuron types in areas across the brain drives computation and ultimately behavior. The scientist will be responsible for mapping the activity in different brain regions with cell-type specificity, using cutting-edge methods for in vivo electrophysiology recording across the mouse brain during behavior. The ideal candidate will be focused on scientific and technical excellence, highly motivated, agile, and team oriented.

The Allen Institute believes that team science significantly benefits from the participation of diverse voices, experiences, and backgrounds. Progress in science benefits from multiple perspectives. We are committed to increasing diversity across every team and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for this role.

Essential Functions

  • Lead in defining project goals, independently propose an experimental strategy to achieve those goals, then lead a team to execute
  • Maintain a high level of expertise in large-scale electrophysiology and behavior
  • Design innovative, complex multi-modal experiments and platforms, including data analysis workflows
  • Propose multidisciplinary collaborations across departments to achieve broader Institute goals
  • Analyze large-scale datasets with the goal of understanding the coordinated neuronal activity underlying complex behavior
  • Train, mentor and motivate others to perform complex experiments at scale
  • Present results internally, via talks and progress reports, and to the external community, via conferences and publications
  • Contribute to writing grant proposals

 Required Education and Experience

  • PhD in neuroscience, biology, biomedical engineering, or a related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 4 years of postdoctoral experience or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Outstanding scientific achievement
  • A practical understanding of modern, large-scale in vivo electrophysiology methods
  • A demonstrated deep understanding of neuronal cell types and their relationships to neural circuits and to transcriptomics
  • Demonstrated experience with stereotactic surgical procedures
  • Familiarity with modern software development processes

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Experience in leading a diverse team
  • Independently pursuing and completing a major research project
  • Strong publication record
  • Ability to write high-quality, reusable code in Python
  • Basic knowledge of machine learning methods

Work Environment

  • Frequent procedures involving laboratory mice, including behavioral training and survival surgery
  • Possible exposure to chemical, biological, or other hazardous substances

Physical Demands

  • Fine motor movements in fingers/hands to operate computers and lab equipment

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • This role is currently able to work remotely due to COVID-19 and our focus on employee safety. We are a Washington State employer, and remote work must be performed in Washington State. We continue to evaluate the safest options for our employees. As restrictions are lifted in relation to COVID-19, this role will return to work onsite.


  • Attendance and participation in national and international conferences required

Additional Comments

**Please note, this opportunity offers relocation assistance**

**Please note, this opportunity offers work visa sponsorship**

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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