Research Programmer I

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Are you a software developer who would be excited to work with neuroscientists deciphering the brain? Princeton University's Seung and Murthy Labs are hiring developers to work alongside a team of computer scientists and neurobiologists who are mapping the connectivity of brain neurons in petabyte-size datasets (seriously big data), using computer vision, deep learning, and crowdsourcing. No experience needed in research-level neural net algorithms or in neuroscience - you can contribute to one or more of these areas: client-side interaction with 3D image datasets, algorithm development and performance tuning, developing web server back ends and front-end UIs that may make use of WebGL and WebAssembly, developing and improving data management systems, or designing and running compute jobs with thousands of workers in the cloud. We have teams in Princeton NJ and in Boston MA, applicants may choose either location.


  • Stretch your abilities in developing new technology
  • Potentially be a co-author on research publications
  • Write software that will see use by thousands of people and get media attention
  • Contribute to society and health by supporting scientific discovery at an Ivy League research university

Job type: Full-time, onsite

Experience level: Junior or Mid-Level

Technologies: Python api javascript


  • Develop and establish API’s for new backend systems
  • Build interactive User Interfaces
  • Cloud infrastructure management
  • Mentor colleagues and screen candidates

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s in computer science, physics, math, engineering, or a related field
  • Good knowledge of algorithms, data structures, software engineering practices, OOP principles, version control (e.g. git + Github)
  • Ability to develop a substantial application in at least one popular programming language, such as Python, Golang, C/C++, Javascript / Typescript
  • 1+ years of work experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with HTML / CSS, GLSL, SQL, C, WebSockets, WebGL
  • Experience in at least 1 of the following fields:
    • DevOps:
      • Cloud infrastructure (AWS, Google Cloud)
      • Container orchestration (Kubernetes, Docker)
      • Continuous deployment / Continuous integration (Travis CI)
      • User interface frameworks (QT, Angular, React)
      • 3D graphics (OpenGL, WebGL)
      • Web server development



The laboratories of Sebastian Seung and Mala Murthy are at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute of Princeton University, plus the Seung lab has an additional team in Boston, MA. 

The Seung Lab’s recent work includes cutting edge use of machine learning to map neural circuitry, and the creation of the world's first and largest citizen neuroscience game, “Eyewire”.  Since Eyewire was launched in 2012, 200,000 players from 150 countries have helped reconstruct neural connections. It has been covered by WIRED, NPR, and the New York Times Magazine, has appeared on the front page of Reddit, and is a favorite of Facebook's IFLS. In 2014, EyeWire published its first discovery in Nature magazine.  Sebastian Seung’s TED Talk in 2010 explained the importance of deciphering the wiring diagrams of brain circuits.

The Murthy Lab studies the brains of fruit flies to discover fundamental principles regarding how the nervous system processes sensory cues, makes decisions, learns, and drives behaviors. The lab’s work has led to important discoveries into how these processes contribute to social communication.

These two labs have now teamed up to develop FlyWire, the next generation of an Eyewire-like application, using deep learning algorithms to help neuroscientists decipher the wiring of the fruit fly brain.

Joining these labs will immerse you in the intellectual environment of the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. You’ll get to work with a great group of people in Princeton and beyond, choose your own hours, and have the opportunity to work on a project that could change the future of neuroscience.

Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW

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