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4 data scientist positions (International Brain Laboratory)

  1. Date: 19.11.2019
  2. Location: Various
  3. Employer: International Brain Laboratory
  4. Job type: Full Time
  5. Position: External (Collaborations)
  6. Application start: 19.11.2019            

  7. The International Brain Laboratory (https://www.internationalbrainlab.com/) is seeking 4 data scientists, who will play key roles in a new large-scale international collaboration in brain research. The IBL combines the efforts of approximately 50 scientists in 20 laboratories toward understanding the brain-wide basis of a complex behavior. The project will involve recording the activity of millions of neurons in the working brain and building mathematical models of the resulting data. The data sets this project will produce are vast and complex, including physiological recordings, behavioural measurements, and video, all of which must be standardized into common formats, integrated into a single database, and subjected to quality control. These core positions will support the both experimental and theoretical work through the entire lifecycle of data, including acquisition, analysis, modeling and dissemination.

    Software Engineer(SE) The SE will work closely with our scientists to develop and deploy software and electronic hardware for experiment control, collection, storage, and data analysis. The experiments make use of complex control systems including video, audio, and fluidics, the data are processed by sophisticated algorithms including GPU-based deep networks, and then transferred automatically to a central database. The successful candidate will interface with scientists in our member laboratories (located in London, Lisbon, Geneva, Paris, New York City, Long Island, Princeton, San Francisco, and Ashburn VA) and with the core software development team based in Lisbon, to support experiments and ensure data is of high quality.

    The ideal candidate would have extensive experience with Linux, Python, Arduino systems, electronics, team programming, quality assurance, web design, and system administration. A flexible attitude, the ability to quickly adapt to new situations and learn new systems, and to work independently as part of a geographically distributed team, are essential. Experience with scientific research, networking, parallel computing, or relational databases would also be desirable. As this is a distributed collaboration, the candidate should be prepared to travel to all partner sites, with a home base ideally in Lisbon, but also possibly London or New York.

    To apply, please follow the information provided here: https://www.internationalbrainlab.com/opportunities#jobs.

    User Experience Officer (UEO) The scientific infrastructure we build will be useful for projects beyond the IBL itself. The UEO will ensure this infrastructure is easily usable not just by IBL scientists, but by the worldwide community. Our data will be accessible to the public via web interface and via an API: the UEO will be responsible for the design of these interfaces, ensuring that they are easily usable by scientists who are not familiar with the project’s internal workings. Our software infrastructure — our database and systems for organizing, uploading and storing data — can be used by other scientific projects, and are developed as open source. The UEO will ensure these systems can be easily installed and used by outside scientists.

    The ideal candidate would have extensive experience with the design of public-facing web sites, and with Python and software packaging systems (eg Anaconda): the job involves optimizing user experience not only on the website, but also with installing and running the API. This job will involve liaison with users in the external neuroscientific community, so some prior experience working with neuroscientists could be beneficial. As this is a distributed collaboration, the candidate should be prepared to travel to all partner sites, with a home base ideally in Lisbon, but also possibly London or New York.

    To apply, please follow the information provided here: https://www.internationalbrainlab.com/opportunities#jobs.

    IT Support Officer (ISO) The ISO will work with scientists in our member labs to ensure the smooth running of all software and hardware systems. This will require travel to member labs to solve problems that cannot be solved remotely. The ISO will also be responsible for project-wide IT functions such as system administration, account control and website design.

    The ideal candidate would have experience working in scientific research (though not necessarily neuroscience), and would be familiar with electronics, Python, Linux and Windows systems, system administration, and web design. A flexible attitude, the ability to quickly adapt to new situations and learn new systems, and to work independently as part of a geographically distributed team, are essential. As this is a distributed collaboration, the candidate should be prepared to travel to all partner sites, with a home base ideally in New York, but also possibly London or Lisbon.

    To apply, please follow the information provided here: https://www.internationalbrainlab.com/opportunities#jobs.

    Senior Data Analyst (SDA) The data sets this project will produce are vast and complex, including physiological recordings, behavioural measurements, and video, all of which must be standardized into a common format, integrated into a single database, and analysed with state-of-the-art techniques. We are seeking a SDA to work closely with our contributing labs, to implement and contribute to the data analysis approaches required to visualize and analyse data, in particular, synchronous time series.

    The SDA will develop and implement applications and pipelines for the analysis of large amounts of synchronous time series. The job will involve building software and data infrastructure to implement big data analysis approaches, being the connecting person between data providers and the theorists of the project. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience with scientific data analysis in Python and machine learning. Previous work with big data in scientific research and a computational post-doc in neuroscience is required. The position will be based at the CCU in Lisbon.

    To apply, please follow the information provided here: https://www.internationalbrainlab.com/opportunities#jobs.

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