Our mission at the Allen Institute is to advance our understanding of how the brain works in health and disease. Using a team science approach, we strive to uncover the neural basis of behavior through technological innovation, cutting-edge experiments, modeling, and theory. Our efforts will shed light on the mechanisms of cognitive function and how they contribute to neuropsychiatric disorders such as depression, ADHD and addiction.
The mission of the Allen Institute for Neural Dynamics is focused on fundamental discoveries in systems neuroscience. We are interested in how the brain builds our understanding of the complex world to guide the flexible behaviors that address our biological needs. The answers will be in terms of defined neuron types and circuits interacting across the whole brain and body. We will develop next-generation methods and theories and employ a team-based approach for discovery neuroscience. Knowledge, data, models and tools will be widely shared, in part to support the development of therapies for brain disorders.
We are seeking a software engineer to develop software in close collaboration with computational scientists to accelerate the collection, processing and analysis of large-scale neurophysiology data. The candidate will bring engineering best practices to scientific software development to ensure our data pipelines are sustainable and reproducible. You’ll work with an exciting, dynamic team to build open source software analysis and visualization software that will be used not just in our institute but also by the broader neuroscience community.
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.
· Collaborate with scientists and engineers to sustainably develop scientific analysis software
· Develop visualization and reporting tools to monitor quality of acquired data
· Follow team software best practices – write unit and integration tests, participate in code reviews, track issues, version code, manage stage/production environments and write documentation
Required Education and Experience
· Bachelor’s Degree in computer science or related field or equivalent combination of degree and experience
· Knowledge of Python
Preferred Education and Experience
· 0-2 years of experience in a software development team or equivalent combination of degree and experience
· Familiarity with Python scientific computing tools (e.g. pandas, scipy, scikit-image, scikit-learn)
· Familiarity with software development best practices (e.g., git, testing, review, documentation)
· Excellent written and verbal communication skills
· Experience working in a shared code repository
· Experience with cluster-based computing (e.g. Slurm, Spark)
· Experience with cloud-based computing (e.g. Amazon S3, Lambda, EMR)
· Fine motor movements in fingers/hands to operate computers and other office equipment
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This role is currently able to work remotely due to COVID-19 and our focus on employee safety. We are a Washington State employer, and remote work must be performed in Washington State. We continue to evaluate the safest options for our employees. As restrictions are lifted in relation to COVID-19, this role will return to work in a hybrid work environment.
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.
**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.