Job Description.

Cajal Neuroscience is seeking a scientist motivated by our mission to develop new medicines for patients with neurodegenerative disorders. Our team members thrive on getting things done, eagerly trouble-shoot random tasks that arise in startups, and can navigate the uncertainty of an ever-changing and fast-paced environment. As a scientist at Cajal in the Technology Development group, you will join a team implementing emerging microscopy-based techniques for quantitative biology and developing new approaches for highly multiplexed three-dimensional imaging methods. The Technology Development team is responsible for demonstrating scalable data generation pipelines leading to the discovery of novel therapeutics for neurodegeneration.

The ideal candidate will have experience in fluorescence microscopy, spatial transcriptomics, and/or light sheet microscopy, including design, assembly, and use of development and pre-commercial fluorescence microscopy instruments. This candidate will have demonstrated experience in scientific instrument design and implementation, optics, and instrument automation and control software. Additional experience in biological sample preparation, including tissue clearing, is appreciated. Experience coordinating multiple steps in a high-throughput scientific data generation pipeline is a requirement.


Required qualifications:

- Bachelor's degree in a physical science or engineering

- 3+ years of experience in a biomedical research or clinical laboratory setting

- Ability to translate novel scientific methods into distributable and repeatable quantitative processes

- Demonstrated experience with biomedical imaging methods

- Demonstrated experience implementing novel scientific instrumentation designs

- Demonstrated experience with scientific instrument control software

- Demonstrated experience in automating laboratory processes

- Familiarity with image processing and data visualization software

- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

- Ability to document scientific processes and communicate to other members of the organization

- Knowledge and enforcement of safe work practices in a biomedical laboratory environment


Desired qualifications:

- Broad knowledge of fluorescence microscopy, including familiarity with spatial transcriptomics

- Experience in microscope instrument design and assembly

- Experience optimizing sample preparation methods for specimens such as intact mouse brain tissue, including labeling and tissue clearing

- Experience writing software for instrument control and hardware devices

- Experience with CAD and design for manufacturing

- Familiarity with cloud computing infrastructure and software

- Working knowledge of neuroscience, especially pertaining to neurodegeneration

Applicants are encouraged to directly address each stated requirement in their application documents, along with a CV or resume of relevant expertise. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.



Cajal is a well-funded team of experienced scientists looking to solve one of the most vexing problems in drug discovery: how to model and treat complex diseases of the brain. We are applying high throughput microscopy, functional genetic screening, and multi-omics approaches to identify new drug targets and therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases. 

Medical, dental, & vision coverage with competitive compensation based on experience level. Title commensurate with experience. Cajal Neuroscience is an equal opportunity company. We believe we are a team of people first, and we do our best to make sure all of our team members feel supported and connected at work. Come join us in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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