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Computer Analyst, Biological Image Processing - Zallen Lab

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)
United States, New York, New York
1275 York Avenue (Show on map)
January 12, 2023
Primary Work Address: 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY, 10021 Current HHMI Employees, click here to apply via your Workday account.

The developmental biology laboratory of Dr. Jennifer Zallen at Sloan Kettering Institute studies how mechanical forces generate the diverse structures of the different tissues and organs in the body. We use biophysical approaches to analyze and manipulate forces in the embryo, live imaging and quantitative image analysis tools to visualize how forces influence cell behavior, and genetic and cell biological approaches in model organisms to identify the molecular machinery that controls these dynamic processes. The long-term goal of this research is to leverage this information to build, repair, and regenerate tissues to treat human disease. More information can be found at the following website:

About the Computer Analyst role:
We are seeking an interactive, creative, and highly motivated researcher to assist in the design and implementation of custom automated and semi-automated computational tools to analyze cell behavior in living embryos. Both entry-level candidates and more experienced candidates are welcome to apply. You will have an opportunity to work with an interactive, multidisciplinary team of scientists and you will receive ample guidance to ensure your success in this role.

What we provide:

  • A competitive compensation package with comprehensive health and wellness benefits

  • Flexibility for a hybrid (on-site/remote) work schedule

  • Training and ongoing skill building around image analysis and microscopy

  • Opportunities to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of scientists and contribute to research publications

  • Career mentorship to foster professional growth

What you'll do:

  • Design and implement custom automated and semi-automated computational tools to analyze cell dynamics in time-lapse movies

  • Work closely with senior scientists, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students to develop new metrics

  • Assist in improving analysis pipelines and guiding lab members in the use of computational methods

  • Depending on interest, there are opportunities to participate in all aspects of the research, including confocal microscopy

What you bring:

  • Bachelor's degree in computer science, biology, mathematics, physics, engineering, or equivalent experience with image analysis methods and programming

  • Strong skills and experience in programming with Python

  • Familiarity with open-source image analysis software and available tools such as ImageJ/Fiji or CellProfiler

  • Willingness to learn about deep learning frameworks and multi-dimensional image viewers such as Napari

  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, documentation, and written/oral communication skills.

  • Enthusiasm for learning new approaches and a passion for teaching and helping others

Please include a list of three (3) professional references with contact information (names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses) as part of your application.

Physical Requirements

Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods of time; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about workspace. The position requires mobility, including the ability to move materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet).

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Please Note:

This job description sets forth the job's principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however. Unless they begin with the word "may," the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are "essential functions" of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Compensation and Benefits

Our employees are compensated from a total rewards perspective in many ways for their contributions to our mission, including competitive pay, exceptional health benefits, retirement plans, time off, and a range of recognition and wellness programs. Visit our site to learn more.

Compensation Range

$62,330.00 (minimum) - $77,900.00 (midpoint) - $101,315.00 (maximum)

Pay Type:


HHMI's salary structure is developed based on relevant job market data. HHMI considers a candidate's education, previous experiences, knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as internal equity when making job offers. Typically, a new hire for this position in this location is compensated between the minimum and the midpoint of the salary range.