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Research Associate II - Optical Physiology

Department: 3490- Optical Physiology
Location: Seattle

Research Associate II

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 II will join the Optical Physiology Core at the Allen Institute. †Our research goals focus on using in vivo calcium imaging techniques to characterize the activity of neurons in awake behaving animals. As a member of this team, the Research Associate I/II will contribute to the generation and analysis of key datasets that will be used across the neuroscience field to test models of cortical computation.

Job Responsbilities†

  • Operate multiple imaging instruments and software systems (two-photon laser scanning microscopes, epi-fluorescence microscopes)
  • Handle mice and work with animal behavior model systems
  • Compile, processes and analyze data; evaluate and communicate research results
  • Follow Standard Operating Procedures, good laboratory practices, and regulatory requirements
  • Maintain accurate laboratory documentation and reporting using established methods
  • Assist and train other staff as necessary


  • Bachelorís degree in a life science or related field
  • Basic knowledge of mammalian neuroanatomy, neurobiology, microscopy, optics and/or cell biology
  • Experience and/or comfort working with laboratory animals
  • Exceptional manual dexterity and attention to detail
  • Ability to work as part of a collaborative team
  • Willingness to cross-train and perform other duties as assigned
  • May be required to be available outside of standard working hours
  • Experience with in vivo imaging techniques preferred
    • RA II:†2-5 years of post-bachelorís research experience in neuroscience or related field


  • Masterís degree is preferred


  • Laboratory atmosphere - possible exposure to chemical, biological or other hazardous substances†
  • Use of Class IV lasers and complex instrumentation
  • Sitting, standing, bending, squatting as found in typical office environment

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