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Software Engineer I – Platform Development – Brain Science

Department: Data and Technology

Software Engineer I – Platform Development – Brain Science

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 integration of experiments, modeling and theory.

The Allen Institute for Brain Science seeks a Software Engineer to develop applications and open scientific databases that serve neuroscience and brain imaging research communities around the world. Your colleagues will contribute high volume scientific experiments to your databases; scientific, computer vision, and other numerical software to process those data; and web applications that enable users to navigate, search, and visualize the data products.

The successful candidate will join a team of developers responsible for the databases, services, and APIs that support computational neuroscientists, the Institute's laboratory information management system (LIMS), and web application products. You will interact with neuroscientists and a wide variety of engineers, collaborating in a large team working on new discoveries about the brain. Our team uses popular modern software tools and cloud services.

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

  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of scientific databases and services
  • Collaborate effectively with experts in diverse scientific and engineering topics (neuroscience, high performance scientific computing, computer vision, web applications)
  • Apply modern software engineering workflow, including emphasis on code review, continuous integration, and automated testing

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

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience in a relevant technical discipline
  • Proficiency in at least one general purpose, object-oriented language (Python, C++, Java, Ruby, C#)
  • Proficiency in SQL
  • Proficiency with Git for source code management

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Familiarity with API design and development
  • Familiarity with RESTful web services
  • Familiarity with, or a deep desire to learn, software development tools and utilities for the Linux platform
  • Familiarity with DevOps software, such as Ansible, Terraform, or Cloud Formation
  • Familiarity with Docker or Kubernetes
  • Familiarity with cloud services, such as AWS, GCP, or Azure
  • Familiarity with NoSQL databases, such as Neo4J or MongoDB
  • Familiarity with an agile project management framework, such as Kanban, or Scrum
  • Familiarity with continuous integration and continuous delivery workflows, including build systems and infrastructure as code (IaC)

Physical Demands

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

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • Occasional evening and weekend hours required
  • 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 fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. All employees will be required to keep their vaccination status up to date according to CDC guidance and our policy.

Additional Comments

  • **Please note, this opportunity does not offer work visa sponsorship**

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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