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#111737 Data Scientist I

Extended Deadline: Fri 7/15/2022

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UCSD Layoff from Career Appointment: Apply by 09/17/21 for consideration with preference for rehire. All layoff applicants should contact their Employment Advisor.

Special Selection Applicants: Apply by 09/29/21. Eligible Special Selection clients should contact their Disability Counselor for assistance.

This position will remain open until filled.


We are offering a fully-funded position for a data scientist to use and develop strategies for the segmentation and analysis of biomedical images (involving deep learning, high-throughput large scale data analysis), with particular focus on brain wiring and synaptic structures. Information about biological structures will be extracted from microscopy images and parameters will be used to study fundamental organization principles of the brain. The project will be conducted at the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research (NCMIR) at the UCSD School of Medicine and be supervised by Drs. Daniela Boassa. NCMIR is using cutting-edge approaches for 3D microscopy of the cellular ultrastructure, applied to neurobiology and cell biology, incorporating equipment and developing software that expands the analysis of 3D structure.


  • Four (4) years of related experience, education/training, OR a Bachelor’s degree in related area.

  • Acquiring knowledge of research function. Acquiring ability to perform research analysis duties.

  • Expertise in Python is essential, bash scripting, knowledge in C++, Java are a plus.

  • Use of source control systems including Git will be required.

  • Experience with GitHub, Docker for reproducible code; Jupyter notebooks; and use or development of RESTful APIs is preferred.

  • Experience with image analysis packages (e.g. scikit-image, OpenCV) and biomedical image analysis software (Fiji, Amira) is a plus, but not required prior to start.

  • Acquiring statistical analysis, systems programming, and database design skills to perform research analysis duties. Training in Computer Science, Data Science, Computational Neuroscience or a related field. Experience working with statistical software and packages.

  • Basic consultation and communication skills. Effective communication and organization skills across domains as well as the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Be highly motivated, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented.

  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills and to work with a scientific team supporting the throughput of neuroscience and biology projects.


  • Written and verbal fluency in both English and Spanish.


  • Employment is subject to a criminal background check.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

If applicable, life-support certifications (BLS, NRP, ACLS, etc.) must include hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment; online-only certification is not acceptable.

UC San Diego Health Sciences is comprised of our School of Medicine, Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, The Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science, and our Student Health and Well-Being Department. We have long been at the forefront of translational - or "bench-to-bedside" - research, transforming patient care through discovery and innovation leading to new drugs and technologies. Translational research is carried out every day in the hundreds of clinical trials of promising new therapies offered through UC San Diego Health, and in the drive of our researchers and clinician-scientists who are committed to having a significant impact on patient care. We invite you to join our team!

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