Associate Research Scientist (Computer Vision), Center for Computational Biology

Thursday 9th November 2023

Contact Email for the Job Posting
Organization Simons Foundation/Flatiron Institute
Location New York, NY
Title Associate Research Scientist (Computer Vision), Center for Computational Biology
Closing date Apr 01, 2024

Description CCB seeks a full-time Associate Research Scientist to develop and design new tools using computer vision to enable new discoveries in biology, and, more broadly, computational science. Areas of current interest include fluorescence reconstruction and image restoration for multi-channel microscopy, self-supervised age estimation using temporal data, and pose estimation for molecular structures in cryo-electron microscopy. However, we are looking for someone who will both collaborate with current work but also pursue their own creative research ideas.

We are seeking an Associate Research Scientist with experience in image processing, computer vision, and deep learning research. The ideal candidate will:
- enable CCB biologists and biophysicists to denoise, segment, track, and model biological processes using microscopy
- utilize the latest techniques in computer vision for biology such as self-supervised and contrastive learning, continuous estimation, super-resolution and interpretability
- collaborate with the other Flatiron Institute centers such as computational neuroscience, computational mathematics and computational astrophysics to utilize state-of-the art computer vision methods to extract information from images

Associate Research Scientists may develop their own research programs or work in collaboration with senior research scientists at the center. These are typically appointed for an initial three-year period; the appointment may be renewed for up to another three years. They are also expected to interact with other researchers in CCB, across the Flatiron Institute, and in the wider scientific community, as well as supervise/mentor postdoctoral fellows and undergraduate/graduate student interns. They are encouraged to participate in and shape the vibrant activities of the institute such as workshops and seminars. They receive a research budget, participate in the selection and review of research staff, software engineers, and postdoctoral fellows within CCB, and have access to the institute's powerful scientific computing resources.

The position is based, and has its principal office, at the Simons Foundation in New York City.

Minimum Qualifications
A doctoral degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. computer science, statistics, applied mathematics, or science application area)
2 or more years of academic or industry experience

Related Skills & Other Requirements
At least three years’ experience with software development in a research setting
Proficiency in high-quality scientific/mathematical coding in particular, Python, Matlab, image processing libraries and interfaces, and deep learning platforms such as Pytorch and Tensorflow.
Knowledge of good software engineering practices for working in groups and sharing code using Git.
Strong skills in data analysis
Technical and scientific curiosity a must
Ability to collaborate on multidisciplinary research in a collegial environment
Effective communication, documentation, and user-support skills

The full-time annual compensation range for the Associate Research Scientist level is $130,000 - $155,000, depending on experience.
In addition to competitive salaries, the Simons Foundation provides employees with an outstanding benefits package.

Cover Letter, which should include a summary of applicants’ most significant contributions in graduate school
Curriculum vitae with publications list and, if relevant, links to software
Two (2) letters of recommendation

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.