Scientist I, Allen Institute for Brain Science, Seattle, WA

Kim Petrie
October 24, 2016

Scientist I

Job Summary

The Allen Institute for Brain Science, located in Seattle, Washington, is comprised of a multidisciplinary staff committed to understanding how the brain works and helping to unlock the mysteries of neurological diseases and disorders affecting millions worldwide. Serving the scientific community is at the center of our mission to accelerate progress toward understanding the brain and neurological systems. Creating tools and data that advance the pursuits of thousands and thousands of scientists around the world is our contribution to revolutionary neuroscience. To this end, the Allen Institute's resources - each a groundbreaking creation - are free and publicly available online.

The Allen Institute is seeking exceptional candidates who can work as part of a Seattle-based team with strong interest in image and neuron structure data mining and analysis.  Successful candidates will be will have strong background in image processing and be Ph.D. graduates in computational and/or life sciences.  Candidate backgrounds can span bioinformatics, physics, neurobiology or computer science, ideally with a multidisciplinary computational and biological focus. The successful candidate will work in collaboration with internal scientists on exciting neuroscience projects. A major goal of the program is to facilitate development of skills in analyzing large-scale neuroscientific datasets, especially related to imaging and the secondary derived from such imaging data, and producing quality scientific results for publication in top tier journals. The position offers a competitive stipend.

Job Responsibilities

  • Use and develop data analysis techniques (especially image data and neuron structure data) toward cell type classification
  • Develop robust methods to identify key components for effective neuron morphometry
  • Develop and implement novel quality control metrics for evaluating single-cell, multi-cell and population-level neuron morphometry data
  • Collaborate with a team of scientists on joint analyses of neuron morphology, physiology and gene expression data
  • Help develop and maintain the high performance imaging analysis, data visualization and analysis platform(s)

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in life sciences, physics, math or computer science
  • Extensive experience with computational analysis of biological data sets, preferably including imaging, image analysis, structure analysis, and other meta-data analyses of different data modalities
  • Strong computational and analytical skills
  • Familiarity with basic neuroscience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively

For more information about applying, please contact Jeannelle Roth, Senior Recruitre,