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Ada Developers Academy: Software Engineer I – MindScope

Department: MindScope Management

Ada Developers Academy: Software Engineer I – MindScope

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 MindScope program seeks to understand the transformations, sometimes called computations, in coding and decoding that lead from photons to behavior and conscious experience by observing, perturbing, and modeling the physical transformations of signals in the cortical-thalamic visual system within a few perception-action cycles.

We are seeking a Software Engineer I to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team that will carry out a multi-year, large-scale neurophysiological pipeline project to map neural activity across the mouse brain using our Neuropixels Allen Brain Observatory. This individual will play a critical role in rapid development of software for experimental control (including behavior, physiology, and optogenetics), data processing, and data visualization. Because this individual will work closely with the scientific team, we encourage not only software engineers but also scientists looking to transition into software engineering to apply.

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

  • Deliver software solutions for neurophysiology and behavioral data collection
  • Work in close coordination with scientists to write and validate software scripts for running behavioral experiments
  • Work with scientists to develop, test, and scale computationally-intensive neurophysiology and behavioral processing pipelines
  • Implement data processing pipelines for large-scale neurophysiological data
  • Help import and use new neurophysiology and behavioral analysis codebases developed by the external community
  • Effectively collaborate with scientists on the Brain Observatory team
  • Meet reasonable but aggressive timelines for engineering solutions
  • Elicit regular performance feedback from project team to iterate on designs

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

  • Experience with scientific programming in Python
  • Working knowledge of version control software, such as Git
  • Experience with systems neuroscience, especially electrophysiology
  • Familiar with agile methods for rapid and flexible software development
  • Experience working in a scientific research environment
  • Experience in two of the following: JavaScript, SQL, C# and Matlab
  • Excellent work ethic displayed as a reliable, self-motivated, enthusiastic team player

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 ae, 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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