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Research Assistant I, Laboratory of Dr. Talmo Pereira

Salk Institute for Biological Studies
United States, California, La Jolla
10010 North Torrey Pines Road (Show on map)
January 12, 2024

The Pereira laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies is seeking a Research Assistant I to be a member of our teams focused on cutting-edge research in computational and behavioral neuroscience through the development and implementation of software for behavioral analysis. The Research Assistant I will have the unique opportunity to work at the intersection of neuroscience and artificial intelligence, utilizing the latest technologies to extract quantitative measures of unrestrained behavior across animals and humans. They will assist with implementation of the software used to analyze multi-terabyte-scale datasets at unprecedented resolution. Working closely with software engineers and research scientists, they will assist in the development of a deep learning-based software framework (SLEAP) and its ecosystem. Competitive candidates for this position will have experience with Python and/or web development languages and frameworks.

We STRONGLY recommend that applicants provide a link to their GitHub profile with examples of their previous programming experience to receive full consideration (including previous research code or class projects).

Essential Functions

  • (100%) Research and Lab Support

    • Carries out tasks pertaining to data annotation, and development and implementation of computational pipelines in Python.
    • Carries out tasks pertaining to software development.
    • Participates in team meetings to discuss project progress.
    • May coordinate with other Salk labs.
    • May assist with supervision of undergraduate students and other lab members.
    • May perform additional duties as required.



  • No professional experience required with relevant degree


  • Academic or professional experience with software engineering, or demonstrable experience through personal work.
  • Experience with basic DevOps for software engineering.



  • Bachelor's degree in neuroscience, physics, computer science, bioinformatics, or related field.


  • Master's degree or post-baccalaureate certification in related field.



  • Intermediate programming experience in Python.
  • Intermediate to advanced programming experience in JavaScript/TypeScript and other web development languages and frameworks.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including tact, diplomacy, and


  • Proficiency with deploying applications on major cloud providers (e.g., AWS, GCP)
  • Proficiency with containerization (e.g., Docker, Kubernetes)
  • Proficiency with frontend frameworks (e.g., Svelte, React, Angular, Vue)
  • Proficiency with data science and deep learning frameworks (e.g., TensorFlow, PyTorch, or Jax).
  • Experience with behavioral analysis software (e.g., SLEAP, MoSeq, JAABA, SimBA, A-SOiD, BENTO, MARS, Anipose, BORIS, etc.)

The expected pay range for this position is $18.03 to $21.00 per hour.
Salk Institute provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the institute reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location, and external market pay for comparable jobs.


  • Must be willing to work in an animal-related research
  • Must be willing to work an adjusted schedule to support research
  • Successful completion of the Institute's background
  • Willing to sign a confidentiality agreement


This position requires constant adjusting focus, grasping, handling, hearing, seeing, standing, analyzing, communicating, reading, reasoning, and working inside.

The Salk Institute is an internationally renowned research institution that values . We seek bold and interactive leaders passionate about exploring new frontiers in science. Our collaborative community embraces diverse perspectives and unique life experiences, fostering innovation, and a sense of belonging. Together, we strive to improve the wellbeing of humanity through groundbreaking research.

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