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Ada Developers Academy: Software Engineer I – Brain Science

Department: Allen Institute for Brain Science

Ada Developers Academy: Software Engineer I – 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 is working on an exciting initiative to re-structure and map our vast quantities of neuroscience-centric data into a knowledge graph. We seek to lay the technical foundation to support supervised and unsupervised content discovery, enable deep data mining, and support new interactive modes of engagement with our data through innovative UI. We are seeking an experienced Software Engineer to join our Web Application Development team.

As a Software Engineer, you will participate in the design and development of innovative, high performance, robust, scalable, and extensible software solutions, owning key capabilities and features. Typical activities include contributing to technical discussions, technical and functional requirements analysis, solution design, and technical development.

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.

This requisition is in partnership with Ada Developers Academy. Only Ada participants should apply.

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 in related field, or equivalent combination of degree and experience

Preferred Education and Experience

  • 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
  • Familiarity with API design and development
  • Familiarity with RESTful web services
  • Familiarity with Docker or Kubernetes
  • Familiarity with cloud services, such as AWS, GCP, or Azure
  • Familiarity with, or a deep desire to learn, software development tools and utilities for the Linux platform

Work Environment

  • May enter laboratory environment, including potential exposure to lasers, biohazards

Physical Demands

  • Fine motor movements in fingers/hands to operate computers and other office equipment
  • Working at a computer and using a mouse for extended periods of time

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 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.

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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