Computational Associate, Synthetic Neurobiology

by Jessica Sisavath

Nov. 18, 2019

Job Description

The Synthetic Neurobiology research group is developing cutting-edge methods for mapping the wiring and molecular composition of the brain, to understand how the brain works and how to treat brain diseases. We are looking for a Computational Associate for Whole Brain Circuit Mapping to develop and implement new approaches to reconstructing neuron morphologies and identifying connections between neurons from new kinds of experimental brain mapping data, generated by new technologies we have invented (e.g., expansion microscopy). The datasets produced in this way will serve as the basis for deriving fundamental insights about the computational architecture of the brain.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  •  Perform image processing and deep learning; for example: flood filling networks, and cycleGANs (30%);
  • Build architectures for storing and processing data, solving such problems as image stitching, registration, and segmentation (30%);
  • Design, analyze, and perform computational experiments, engineering creative new solutions to challenges faced by the lab; develop algorithm image processing – machine learning and machine vision (20%);
  • Collaborate and help research group team members and other collaborating students and postdocs on brain research (10%);
  • Assist with article/manuscript writing (5%);
  • Develop, revise and/or implement policies and procedures for the lab (1%);
  • Recognizes problems or situations that are new and finds solutions (1%);
  • Other duties as assigned (3%).

This appointment is for one year with a possibility of extension based on funding and course of research. 



  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computational science, or a related field;
  • Two years of work experience in machine learning and machine vision;
  • Experience with image processing;
  • Experience with supervised and unsupervised machine learning techniques, such as deep learning;
  • Experience with Python/R is desired;
  • Broad knowledge of research and work of field
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Demonstrated superb analytical/problem solving/critical thinking skills and judgment;
  • Attention to detail, superb organizational, documentation, communication, and time management skills required;
  • Ability to work independently, work as part of a tightly-knit team and is self-motivated;
  • Demonstrated interest in neural circuit mapping.


  • Experience in computational lab.

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