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The Castro lab (http://bates.edu/castro-lab) at Bates College -- a highly selective liberal arts institution near Portland, Maine -- is looking for a research associate with a strong computational/programming background (B.S. degree by start of job required). This is a full time, two-year position (plus possible extension) with benefits, and is supported by secure funding from the National Science Foundation.
The research associate will play a central role in analyzing genomic brain-imaging data from the Allen Brain Atlas (http://www.brain-map.org/), and will ideally have some facility and experience with some of the following:
Image processing (in Matlab and/or Python).
The use and design of databases and RESTful APIs.
Managing large data sets (e.g. thousands of images).
Working with high-dimensional data (dimensionality reduction, clustering, etc).
The Castro lab is a dynamic research group staffed primarily by undergraduates, with whom the successful candidate will be expected to work closely. Both the Castro lab and Bates College at large are open and inclusive communities committed to fostering diversity; applications from candidates from groups historically under-represented in STEM fields are enthusiastically welcomed.
This work is part of a larger research effort to understand the molecular organization of the brain, and there will be opportunities to both publish and present work (if interested -- not a requirement). A computer science or similarly quantitative background is ideal, though candidates with other training will also be considered if they have demonstrated programming skills and experience.
Applicants should submit the following through interfolio: 1) cover letter, 2) resume, 3) a list of quantitative/computational courses taken that are relevant for the position, 4) brief (less than one page total) descriptions of two significant coding projects (these can be in the context of a class), 5) contact information for two references who can speak to the candidate’s computational facility and experience, and ability to deliver on projects. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. An offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background screening.
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