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Research Associate III - Neuroanatomy

Department: Neuroanatomy

Research Associate III – Neuroanatomy


The mission of the Allen Institute is to unlock the complexities of bioscience and advance our knowledge to improve human health. Using an open science, multi-scale, team-oriented approach, the Allen Institute focuses on accelerating foundational research, developing standards and models, and cultivating new ideas to make a broad, transformational impact on science.

The mission of 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 the integration of experiments, modeling, and theory.

As a member of the Neuroanatomy team, this research associate (RA) will perform rodent surgeries and wet-lab experiments related to elucidating cell-type-specific circuitry in the brain. The ideal candidate will have neuroanatomy, rodent neurosurgery, histology, and microscopy experience. The RA will also be responsible for analyzing neuroanatomical data, generating figures, and presenting results regularly in team, department, and stakeholder meetings.

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

  • Performs rodent stereotaxic surgeries and/or virus delivery via different routes (RO, ICV, ICM)
  • Conducts experiments involving tissue sectioning, histological staining, microscopic imaging, and image-based data analysis
  • Follows and documents standardized operating procedures (SOPs) 
  • In collaboration with others, tests and develops new methods and techniques for project advancement and development of new SOPs
  • Rapid and transparent communication of results
  • Maintains professional expertise through familiarity with scientific literature
  • Communicates results and findings to other stakeholders and participates in preparation of material for scientific publications and

Note: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelors Degree in a biological science or related field
  • Minimum of 4 years relevant postbac work experience

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Masters Degree in a biological science or related field
  • 5 – 8 years postbac relevant work experience
  • Knowledge of laboratory practices related to animal surgery, tissue sectioning, histological staining, and microscopy
  • Knowledge of rodent neuroanatomy
  • Experience with tissue clearing techniques
  • Experience working with AAVs and handling mice
  • Experience working in a timeline and milestone-driven work environment
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Evidence of strong teamwork collaboration skills
  • Ability to work both independently and within a team environment
  • Comfortable with changing goals or priorities
  • Ability to read and interpret technical and other complex documents 
  • Ability to present information in one-on-one and small group situations
  • Demonstrated operating knowledge of computers: MS Office - Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, image processing programs
  • Other software programs e.g. Photoshop, Illustrator, Image J/FIJI, ITK-SNAP, and MS Access

Physical Demands

  • Fine motor movements in fingers/hands to operate computers and other office and lab equipment; repetitive motion with lab equipment
  • Stooping, bending, crouching

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • This role is currently able to work both remotely and onsite in a hybrid work environment. We are a Washington State employer, and the primary work location for all Allen Institute employees is 615 Westlake Ave N.; any remote work must be performed in Washington State.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • In keeping with our focus on employee safety, all employees must be up to date with vaccinations against COVID-19 as a condition of employment unless a medical or religious accommodation is approved. All employees will be required to keep their vaccination status up to date according to CDC guidance.

Additional Comments

  • **Please note, this opportunity does not sponsor work visas **
  • **Please note, this opportunity offers 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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