Scientist, Biologically Realistic Modeling

Allen Institute
Seattle, Washington State
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jun 4, 2022

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Life Sciences, Neuroscience, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Physics
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Research Scientist
Organization Type

Job Details

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.

We are seeking a Scientist to join a BRAIN Initiative-sponsored project carried out in collaboration between the Allen Institute and MIT.

The Scientist will develop bio-realistic network simulations at the level of a cortical area and the whole cortex, leveraging our multimodal datasets on the composition, connectivity, and activity of the mouse brain. The goal is to use modeling together with experiments from our collaborators to understand the mechanisms underlying brain responses to sensory stimulation, including periodic sensory stimuli and the resulting entrainment of neuronal populations.

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.

Essential Functions

  • Construct and simulate biologically realistic models of brain networks using multimodal experimental data
  • Work with our collaborators at MIT to establish links between models and experiments
  • Publish/present findings in peer-reviewed journals/scientific conferences and freely share models and results with the community

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 degree in Neuroscience, Physics, Applied Mathematics, or related fields; or equivalent combination of degree and experience
  • Strong publication record.
  • Track record of scientific excellence and independent thinking.

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Experience in computational neuroscience and/or systems neuroscience is preferred
  • Experience with scientific programming (e.g., in Python) and sharing/collaborative development of software (e.g., GitHub) is a plus.?

Physical Demands

  • 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 onsite.

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • In keeping with our focus on employee safety, all employees must be up to date with vaccinations against COVID-19 as a condition of employment unless a medical or religious accommodation is approved. All employees will be required to keep their vaccination status up to date according to CDC guidance

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.




The Allen Institute is fiercely committed to solving some of the biggest mysteries of bioscience, researching the unknowns of human biology through studies of the brain, the human cell and the immune system. At the same time, we are pushing the frontiers of bioscience to continue to explore the edges of scientific discovery. 

All this work is done to fulfill our founder Paul G Allen's vision for accelerating global progress towards improving health and lengthening human life. 

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