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Research Associate Sr. Neural Dynamics

Department: Neural Dynamics - Discovery Science

Research Associate Sr. Neural Dynamics

The mission of the Allen Institute is to unlock the complexities of the brain and body and advance knowledge to improve human health. Using an open science, multi-scale, team-oriented approach, the Allen Institute accelerates foundational research to make broad and transformative 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.

The Research Associate Sr. will help lead laboratory operations for the new Institute. This individual will be expected to perform experiments spanning multiple disciplines, including in vivo physiology, rodent surgery, histology, and molecular biology. Excellent manual dexterity, attention to detail and the willingness to work in a deadline-driven atmosphere is mandatory.

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

  • Oversee day to day lab operations contributing to high throughput pipelines
  • Responsible for training of new employees and protocols
  • Performance of acute surgical procedures and tissue dissections
  • Communicating with scientists/stakeholders for scheduling experiments
  • Handling of mice
  • Develop, optimize, document, and audit both new and existing Standard Operating Procedures
  • Maintain accurate laboratory documentation and reporting using established methods
  • Work with manager to adhere to appropriate prioritization of tasks and time
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree in a life science or related field
  • 6 years of related bench research experience
  • Proficiency in MS Office programs

Preferred Education and Experience

  • 6-10 years of related bench research experience
  • Extensive experience with rodent tissue dissection and processing/preparation techniques
  • Experience with histology and cell biology
  • Experience working with mice during in vivo experiments
  • Ability to critically interpret, analyze, and present scientific data
  • Ability to learn additional software technologies
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Highly motivated researcher, comfortable operating independently and as a part of a collaborative team

Work Environment

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

Physical Demands

  • Occasional lifting to 30 pounds
  • Fine motor movements in fingers/hands to operate computers and other office equipment, lab equipment
  • Stooping, bending, crouching
  • Reaching, or climbing ladders

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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