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Scientist I – Multi-regional neural circuits, Thalamus anatomy - Neural Dynamics, Molecular Anatomy

Department: Neural Dynamics - Molecular Anatomy

Scientist I – Multi-regional neural circuits, Thalamus anatomy - Neural Dynamics, Molecular Anatomy

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 Neural Dynamics is to answer fundamental questions about brain function. Specifically, how does our brain build our understanding of the complex world around us to guide the flexible behaviors that address our biological needs. The answers will be in terms of defined neuron types interacting across the whole brain and body, requiring us to develop next-generation neurotechnologies and employ a team-based approach for discovery neuroscience. Knowledge, data, and tools will be widely shared, in part to support the development of therapies for brain disorders.

We are seeking a Scientist to lead a project to uncover the organizational logic of signal routing from subcortical areas to the frontal cortex via the thalamus at the level of defined cell types. The ideal candidate will be team-oriented, have deep knowledge in neuroscience, a strong interest in quantitative anatomy and computations in brain-wide circuits. This position is part of the Molecular Anatomy platform, and will leverage state-of-the-art imaging methods, molecular and transgenic resources being created at the Institute to generate foundational anatomy data needed to study contributions of identified cell types within thalamic circuits during flexible behaviors.

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

  • Design and perform experiments to examine brain-wide connectivity at different scales
  • Participate in integrative studies and analyses involving in vivo electrophysiology, mouse behavior, and data-driven modeling
  • Devise novel strategies for multiplexed survey of input-output relationships of identified cell types
  • Collaborate with scientists and engineers to develop and evaluate methods for data collection, quantification and analysis
  • Train team members to perform procedures
  • Collaborate internally and externally to analyze data and develop hypotheses
  • 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, biological sciences, biomedical engineering, or related field; or equivalent combination of degree and experience
  • Experience with neuroanatomy, imaging and/or light microscopy

Preferred Education and Experience

  • 3-5 years of postdoctoral experience
  • Strong understanding of statistics and data science
  • Ability to write reusable code in Python or Matlab
  • Demonstrated proficiency in conducting collaborative, multidisciplinary research
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong publication record

Work Environment

  • Exposure and handling of laboratory animals required
  • Laboratory environment - possible exposure to chemical, biological, or other hazardous substances. This may include wearing personnel protective equipment (PPE)

Physical Demands

  • Fine motor movements in fingers/hands to operate computers and other office equipment; repetitive motion with lab equipment
  • Stooping, bending, crouching
  • Reaching, or climbing ladders

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • 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.


  • Attendance and participation at national and international conferences may be required (travel may not be required to attend)

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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