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Scientist I – AIx2

Department: Allen Institute for Brain Science
Location: Seattle

Scientist I – AIx2

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 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. Using a team science approach, we strive to uncover the neural basis of behavior through technological innovation, cutting-edge experiments, modeling, and theory.

We seek a skilled electrophysiologist to develop and use cutting-edge methods for recording across multi-regional neural circuits during flexible behavior, focusing on circuits involving the thalamus. The scientist will be responsible for running experiments with 10,000 or more recording sites and analyzing these datasets to generate insights about how defined neurons across brain regions interact to produce 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

  • Perform in vivo extracellular electrophysiology experiments using high-density electrodes
  • Pilot new methods for brainwide recordings
  • Perform signal analysis and spike sorting on electrophysiological signals
  • Analyze large-scale datasets with the goal of understanding the mechanisms of multi-regional neural communication
  • Train others to perform novel procedures
  • Present results internally, via talks and progress reports, and to the external community, via conferences and publications

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

Required Education and Experience

  • PhD in neuroscience, biology, biomedical engineering, or related field; or equivalent combination of degree and experience
  • Demonstrated proficiency collecting and analyzing in vivo electrophysiology data

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Experience with rodent behavioral training
  • Good written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong publication record
  • Basic knowledge of electrical circuits, digital signal processing, and mechanical engineering
  • Experience with stereotactic surgical procedures
  • Ability to write high-quality, reusable code in Python or Matlab
  • Familiarity with modern software development practices (e.g., git, GitHub)

Work Environment

  • Frequently required to sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, or reach
  • Daily 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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