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Data Scientist (Open Rank), Center for Computational Neuroscience

New York City, New York
Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jul 20, 2022

Understanding the human brain is one of the greatest and most challenging scientific frontiers of our time. The mission of the Center for Computational Neuroscience (CCN) is to develop models, principles and conceptual frameworks that deepen our knowledge of brain function - both in health and in disease. CCN takes a "systems" neuroscience approach, building models that are motivated by fundamental principles, that are constrained by properties of neural circuits and responses, and that provide insights into perception, cognition and behavior. This cross-disciplinary approach not only leads to the design of new model-driven scientific experiments, but also encapsulates current functional descriptions of the brain that can spur the development of new engineered computational systems, especially in the realm of machine learning.


The Center for Computational Neuroscience at the Flatiron Institute seeks multiple associate data scientists and/or data scientists with knowledge of computational neuroscience, and experience in software development. Depending on experience and qualifications, the position may be at the associate data scientist or data scientist level. These full-time positions offer an exceptional career opportunity at the interface of science and computing, with flexibility to be immersed in frontier scientific research while focusing on the dissemination and support of research advances through computing, algorithms, and technical support.

The primary role of this position is the development of CCN's open source initiatives. A major focus of CCN is in building computational models of the brain, and this position will work with researchers across the center to ensure that those models are shared and available to be widely-used, with tests, user interface, documentation, and tutorials explaining and demonstrating their usage and interpretation. They will engage with the broader scientific community by writing tutorials, responding to user questions and bug reports, and traveling to conferences. They will also be involved in CCN-hosted workshops to bring outside researchers to the center, where they will work with these researchers to apply the tools and models developed at CCN to their models or data. This position will also have opportunities to write publications in collaboration with scientists at Flatiron, as well as chances to work with Flatiron's domain scientists, data scientists, and scientific computing core, providing many opportunities for professional development.

Review of applications will begin immediately and the job will be removed when the positions are filled.



  • B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. in neuroscience, data science, computer science, engineering, mathematics or related technical discipline.


  • Experience with building computational models of brain and/or behavior, including simulation, fitting, and experimental design.
  • Experience analyzing neuroscientific experimental data.
  • Proficiency in high-quality scientific/mathematical coding in more than one commonly used language, such as Python, C, C++, Fortran, julia or MATLAB. Experience with HPC, GPU and/or code profiling and optimization a plus.
  • At least 3+ years of experience with either back-end software development or computer programming within a research or academic setting (preferably in a Linux environment).
  • Knowledge of software engineering practices for working in groups, including software development life cycles, coding standards, code review and version control systems (git).
  • Appropriate applied mathematical training (linear algebra, differential equations, etc.)
  • Technical and scientific curiosity
  • Ability to collaborate on multidisciplinary research in a collegial environment
  • Effective communication, documentation and user support skills.


  • Experience with open source communities and tools, especially in a research or educational context.
  • Experience with community management and engagement, with a focus on teaching and knowledge sharing.
  • Experience writing technical communication and documentation, and creating websites to host them.
  • Experience with git and GitHub or other version control frameworks.
  • Experience with continuous integration or other software testing frameworks.
  • Experience running software-oriented workshops or educational programs.


  • CV, including description of software projects, relevant publications and other forms of dissemination.
  • Brief statement (3 pages max) describing both past projects and experiences with software development, maintenance, and dissemination, and how the applicant envisions their participation in the CCN scientific research environment.
  • Names and contact information for two or more references


Many of the greatest ideas and discoveries come from a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds and experiences, and we are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment. The Simons Foundation actively seeks a diverse applicant pool and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply. We provide equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status, or any other protected category under federal, state and local law.


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