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Research Assistant II, Laboratory of Dr. Talmo Pereira

Salk Institute for Biological Studies
United States, California, La Jolla
10010 North Torrey Pines Road (Show on map)
February 07, 2024

Research Assistant II position will focus on computational modeling and analysis. A successful candidate will work half of their time on independent projects and the other half on supporting ongoing projects in the lab. The position will be responsible for implementing and troubleshooting pipelines for kinematics estimation from motion capture data, as well as deep reinforcement learning. The overall goal of the research is to develop agent-based models of animal behavior.


  • (50%) Engineering support

  • Assisting team members in Pereira and Azim labs with project-relevant tasks.
  • General software engineering and analysis pipeline support.

  • (50%) Independent research

  • Explore approaches for training deep reinforcement learning models of animal behavior.
  • Analyzing representations learned by agent models.


  • This job has no supervisory responsibilities.


  • Minimum 2 years' experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience required.
  • Experience working with Python.
  • Preferred: Experience with deep reinforcement learning.
  • Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience, Computer Science, Math, Physics, Statistics or related scientific discipline required. A minimum of 4 years of experience in a scientific role is required for consideration of a Bachelor's degree in a different discipline.

      The expected pay range for this position is $21.15 to $25.00 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 diversity, equity and inclusion. 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.

      Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
      The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
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