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Research Associate I - Electrophysiology

Department: Electrophysiology
Location: Seattle

Research Associate I - Electrophysiology


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 mission of the Allen Institute for Brain Science is to accelerate the understanding of how the human brain works in health and disease. Using a big science approach, we generate useful public resources, drive technological and analytical advances, and discover fundamental brain properties through integration of experiments, modeling and theory.

The Allen Institute for Brain Science is looking for a Research Associate I to help us develop a comprehensive and multimodal classification of the cell types and circuits of the mouse, macaque and human brain.

This individual will join a larger team to generate high-quality patch-clamp electrophysiology data from mouse, macaque, human brain slices. He or she will regularly perform experiments and troubleshoot to maximize the efficiency and quality of data collection. The successful candidate will be a hard worker with attention to detail, willingness to lead smaller projects and excellent lab documentation.

The Allen Institute believes that team science significantly benefits from the participation of diverse voices, experiences and backgrounds. High-quality science can only be produced when it includes different perspectives. We are committed to increasing diversity across every team and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for this role.

Essential Functions

  • Perform patch-clamp and patch-seq experiments from mouse, macaque and human brain slice and preparations
  • Apply established quality control (QC) criteria to, and help develop new analytical criteria and insights from, both electrophysiological, molecular biology and imaging data
  • Ability to work within a busy core facility with tight deadlines
  • Perform routine laboratory work including buffer preparation and tissue histology
  • Troubleshoot experiment quality in real-time
  • Maintain accurate laboratory documentation using established methods, which may include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Access, our custom Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), Animal Tracking Database, and others
  • Ensure a cohesive and efficient team environment
  • Contribute to and audit SOPs, as requested by departmental Manager/Director
  • Other duties as assigned

Note: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This description reflects managementís assignment of essential functions; it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelorís degree in Neuroscience or related field

Preferred Education and Experience

  • 0-2 years work experience in a laboratory or research environment
  • Experience with IGOR, Python and/or R code
  • Previous patch-clamp experience is preferred

Work Environment

  • Laboratory environment with possible exposure to chemical, biological, or other hazardous substances

Physical Demands

  • Fine motor movements in fingers/hands to operate computers and lab equipment
  • Frequently required to sit, stand, stoop, kneel, or reach
  • Repetitive motion work in the lab

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • This is an essential job and expected to report for work regardless of weather and/or other conditions
  • Rotating weekend shifts
  • Rotating evening and weekend on-call coverage
  • Occasional evening and weekend hours required
  • This role is currently working onsite and remotely when possible, due to COVID-19 and our focus on employee safety. We continue to evaluate the safest options for our employees.

Additional Comments

  • **Please note, this opportunity does not sponsor work visas or offer relocation **


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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