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Research Associate II – Molecular Anatomy

Department: Neural Dynamics - Molecular Anatomy

Research Associate II – 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 focused on fundamental discoveries in systems neuroscience. We are interested in how the brain builds our understanding of the complex world to guide the flexible behaviors that address our biological needs. The answers will be in terms of defined neuron types and circuits interacting across the whole brain and body. We will develop next-generation methods and theories and employ a team-based approach for discovery neuroscience. Knowledge, data, models and tools will be widely shared, in part to support the development of therapies for brain disorders.

As part of this initiative, we plan to generate high-value data sets, mapping brain-wide connectivity of neurons at multiple scales and with molecular specificity. We are seeking a Research Associate with a background in neuroscience or related biological sciences to support ongoing research projects investigating large-scale circuitry of the brain. Experimental approaches include tissue-sectioning, tissue clearing, immunohistochemistry, and microscopy. We seek an individual who will take responsibility for key tasks and work closely with other team members to achieve the team's goals. The successful applicant will receive training in all relevant techniques, but prior experience in histological techniques would be beneficial.

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

  • Professional handling of fixed and unfixed biological specimens 
  • Tissue fixation techniques and tissue clearing
  • Experience with thin sectioning techniques using microtomes and cryostats
  • Experience with fluorescent in situ hybridization methods
  • Immunocytochemistry, immunohistochemistry, histology, and related tissue staining techniques
  • Light and confocal microscopy, image viewing in Fiji or Photoshop
  • Data tracking and organization via lab notebooks and spreadsheets
  • Support PhD-level scientists by assisting with their projects
  • Communicate effectively with others inside and outside the organization, e.g. through presentations within the institute and at scientific conferences, and publications in peer-reviewed journals

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, Physiology or related discipline
  • 2 years of equivalent experience

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Practical experience in histology, sectioning, immunohistochemistry, and microscopy
  • 2-5 years of equivalent experience in a directly related field 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in a high-performance group environment
  • Experience problem-solving and experiment managing skills
  • Proven ability to meet aggressive timelines and deliverables

Work Environment

  • Laboratory environment - possible exposure to chemical, biological, or other hazardous substances
  • This may include wearing personal protective equipment (PPE)

Physical Demands

  • Occasional lifting to 30 pounds
  • Fine motor movements in fingers/hands to operate computers and other office equipment, lab equipment

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • This role is currently working onsite and remotely 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
  • **Please note, this opportunity does not 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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