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Sr. Scientist – Theory – Neural Dynamics

Department: Neural Dynamics - Discovery Science

Sr. Scientist – Theory – Neural Dynamics

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 Neural Dynamics is to answer fundamental questions about brain function. Specifically, how does our brain build our understanding of the complex world around us to guide the flexible behaviors that address our biological needs? The answers will be in terms of defined neuron types interacting across the whole brain and body, requiring us to develop next-generation neurotechnologies and employ a team-based approach for discovery neuroscience. Knowledge, data, and tools will be widely shared, in part to support the development of therapies for brain disorders.

We seek a scientist with deep expertise in computational and theoretical neuroscience. The ideal candidate will be scientifically and technically excellent, highly motivated, agile, and collaborative.  Scientific progress benefits from diverse skills, voices, experiences, and perspectives. We are committed to diversity across our teams and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply.

The Allen Institute believes that team science significantly benefits from the participation of diverse voices, experiences, and backgrounds. Progress in science benefits from multiple perspectives. We are committed to increasing diversity across every team and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for this role.

Essential Functions

  • Model neural computation at the level of neural circuits and neural dynamics
  • Analyze multi-dimensional neurophysiological and behavioral data to extract principles underlying neural dynamics and computation and compare to model predictions
  • Interact with experimentalists to design a theory-guided research program in systems neuroscience and behavior
  • Train, mentor and motivate others to perform the above functions
  • Present scientific results and complex concepts internally in talks and progress reports
  • Present results to the external community at conferences and in publications
  • Contribute to writing grant proposals

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

  • PhD in Neuroscience, Physics, Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, or equivalent combination of degree and experience
  • 8 years of post-doctoral experience

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Outstanding scientific achievement
  • Outstanding analytical and quantitative skills
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate across disciplines
  • Demonstrated interest in neural dynamics, neural computation, behavior and neural circuits
  • Demonstrated ability to lead major research projects in computational and theoretical neuroscience
  • Experience working as part of a diverse team
  • Strong publication record
  • Ability to write high-quality, reusable code in Python or other open-source ecosystems
  • Deep knowledge of computational statistics and modern machine learning methods

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work

  • This role is currently working onsite and is expected to work onsite for the majority of working hours. The primary work location for this role is 615 Westlake Ave N., with flexibility to work remotely on a limited basis.


  • Occasional participation in national and international conferences required

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 offers relocation assistance**
  • **Please note, this opportunity offers 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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