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Research Associate I – Neurosurgery & Behavior

Department: 3520 – IVS Neurosurgery and Behavior
Location: Seattle

Research Associate I - Neurosurgery & Behavior 

The Research Associate I will be part of the Neurosurgery & Behavior team within the larger Structured Science department at the Allen Institute for Brain Science. Primary responsibilities include performing aseptic stereotaxic surgical procedures, as well as conducting a variety of behavior training regimens on mice.

The Research Associate is expected to comply with regulatory requirements, adhere to standard operating procedures (SOPs) and to work efficiently in a team environment. Good judgment and problem solving skills are required for recognizing process deviations, participating in troubleshooting and procedure optimization, and operation of complex laboratory instrumentation.

The ideal candidate will possess excellent manual dexterity, pay close attention to detail and is eager to work in a deadline-driven atmosphere.

Job Responsibilities: 

  • Perform various aseptic surgical procedures in mice
  • Perform various behavioral training regimens with mice
  • Involvement in various transgenic technologies employed in the animal facility
  • Pre- and post-operative care for mice
  • Administration of compounds to mice (i.p., s.c., i.m.)
  • Maintenance of health and behavior performance records
  • Follow SOPs and maintain good laboratory practices
  • Maintain accurate laboratory documentation and reporting using established methods
  • Ability to meet aggressive timelines and deliverables in a collaborative environment

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform the essential duties listed below:

  • Proven ability to learn, and perform, challenging surgical procedures on mice
  • Basic knowledge of mouse genetics and anatomy
  • Proficiency with MS Office, MS Access
  • manual dexterity and attention to detail
  • Proven ability to learn custom software systems (LIMS, LabTracks)


  • B.A. or B.S. in Neuroscience, or related discipline
  • 0-2 years of hands-on experience with rodent surgery and behavior


  • Experience developing and optimizing procedures


  • Exposure and handling of laboratory animals
  • Possible exposure to chemical, biological or other hazardous substances
  • May be required to be available outside of standard working hours (weekends and/or holidays)
  • Possible exposure to BioSafety Level 2 organisms, such as recombinant viruses

**Please note this opportunity does not sponsor work visas and has no relocation assistance.**

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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