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Project Coordinator II, Research Operations

Department: 3410 - Research Operations; TCM
Location: Seattle

Project Coordinator II, Research Operations

We are seeking an experienced scientific project coordinator to be a key member of the Institute’s Research Operations team. The person who fills this position will play an integral role in the coordination of research efforts across multi-disciplinary teams. Our team focuses on increasing the efficiency and maintaining the quality of our large scale (“Big Data”) production projects, also known as pipelines. We work in conjunction with the project management, scientific and technology teams to further the Institute’s research goals. This position will report to the Associate Director, Research Operations.

To gain insight on the projects you will impact, please visit the Allen Institute for Brain Science's website

Job Responsibilities 

  • Create and maintain electronic tools (databases, spreadsheets, dashboards and other internal resources) to track the progress and performance of large scale scientific pipeline projects
  • Collaborate effectively with experts in diverse scientific and technology areas, including neuroscience, molecular biology, transgenic mouse technology and computer science
  • Standardization and optimization of specimen flow, data flow and meta-data flow
  • Automation of existing processes and analyses
  • Create, modify and maintain visual (graphical) representations of complex workflows
  • Attend internal scientific project team meetings and interact with scientists, principal investigators and project managers to ensure scientific goals are properly tracked and achieved
  • Assist in modifying and tracking new and existing standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Assist with quality control (QC) protocols for scientific projects


  • B.A. or B.S. in Biological Sciences, Physics, Computer Science or related technical discipline required
  • 5+ years of relevant post-undergraduate professional experience
  • >3 years of direct experience working in a scientific research team-oriented environment
  • Advanced skills with Microsoft Office 365 software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) required, and ability to learn other custom software systems (Python, LIMS, LabTracks)


  • Knowledge of neurobiology strongly preferred
  • Computer programming/code development skills, especially Python, are a huge plus
  • Proficiency with Atlassian software (Confluence, Jira, Gliffy) and Microsoft Visio is preferred
  • Project or alliance management skills are a plus
  • Familiarity with principles of operational efficiency is a plus
  • Ability to work independently and within a collaborative, multi-disciplinary environment
  • Positive attitude, self-starter, responsive, demonstrated attention to detail and accuracy, and ability to troubleshoot
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills

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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