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Research Associate I

Department: 3480- Imaging
Location: Seattle

Research Associate I

Our mission at 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 Research Associate I - Imaging is responsible for conducting experiments and completing protocols in a high-throughput production environment, following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). Problem solving skills are required for troubleshooting during process development. The Research Associate I - Imaging will be part of a team that uses multiple microscopy systems to acquire high quality images from histological slides, whole brain specimens, and other custom applications. The incumbent will also contribute to image quality control and analysis, as well as fulfill support functions within the team. The successful candidate will be a dedicated worker with attention to detail and an interest in collaborative science.

Job Responsibilities

  • Operate multiple imaging instruments (brightfield, epi-fluorescence and one-photon laser scanning microscopes)
  • Perform routine laboratory work, including specimen and slide preparation
  • Compile, process and analyze data; evaluate and communicate research results
  • Follow Standard Operating Procedures, good laboratory practices, and comply with all regulatory requirements
  • Evaluate, calibrate and troubleshoot experiment quality and instrument functionality
  • Maintain accurate laboratory documentation using established methods, which may include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Access, custom Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), Atlassian JIRA and others
  • Contribute to and audit SOPs, as requested by departmental Manager/Director. Assist and train other staff as necessary
  • Contribute to a rigorously scientific, cohesive and efficient team environment
  • Other duties as assigned

Basic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree (BA or BS) from four-year College or university, in a life science or related field
  • 0-2 years paid experience in a lab setting 

Preferred Qualification

  • 2 years of laboratory experience
  • Strong scientific communication skills (written and oral)
  • Basic knowledge of neuroscience
  • Hands-on experience working with microscopes
  • Intermediate level ability with MS Office and custom imaging software programs

Physical Requirements and Work Environment

  • Ability to work within a busy core facility with tight deadlines
  • Occasional exposure to adverse working conditions
  • Work may be performed in cramped or awkward positions
  • Occasional exposure to safety hazards, noises, change in temperature, climbing and/or lifting (30+lbs), chemicals, and other hazardous materials and machinery
  • Exposure to Class IV lasers
  • Must be able to resolve red/green colors
  • May be required to work alternate hours (ie, Saturday or Sunday shift)
  • Exceptional manual dexterity and attention to detail

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