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Allen Institute

The mission of the Allen Institute is to unlock the complexities of bioscience and advance our knowledge to improve human health. Using an open science, multi-scale, team approach, the Allen Institute focuses on accelerating foundational research, developing standards and models, and cultivating new ideas to make a broad, transformational impact on science.

Founded by philanthropist and visionary Paul G. Allen, the Allen Institute is a recognized leader in large-scale, open science research. Its research institutes include the Allen Institute for Brain Science, Allen Institute for Cell Science, Allen Institute for Immunology and The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group.

The Allen Institute believes that team science significantly benefits from the participation of diverse voices, experiences and backgrounds. High-quality science can only be produced when it includes different perspectives. We are committed to increasing diversity across every team and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply for our open positions.

Seattle, WA
501-1000 employees
Founded 2003


  • Excellence:  We strive to be exceptional in all we do while never remaining satisfied with yesterday’s accomplishments.

  • Integrity:  We do the right thing with honesty, humility and principle.

  • Respect and Inclusion:  We are committed to a fair and diverse environment where different perspectives are encouraged.

  • Stewardship:  We carefully and responsibly manage our resources for maximum impact.

Diversity & Inclusion

The Allen Institute is committed to an inclusive culture which encourages, nurtures, and celebrates the diverse voices of our employees, collaborators, partners, and communities. We believe that team science significantly benefits from the participation of diverse voices, experiences and backgrounds.  High-quality science can only be produced when it includes different perspectives.  We are committed to increasing diversity across every team and encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our open positions.


We believe that a healthy, balanced life helps Allen Institute staff do great work. We’re committed to providing a benefits package that is competitive, and robust, including many perks for employees and their families to enjoy.  


We offer comprehensive healthcare plans that include medical, dental, and vision coverage for eligible employees and dependents. Employees choose the plan that's right for their families. Additionally we provide a free employee assistance program and tax-advantage saving accounts.

Ample Time Off

Employees receive paid vacation, personal days, sick time and paid holidays. The Allen Institute is also closed for an additional “paid winter break” (typically the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day).  


At the Allen Institute, we want our employees and their families to lead healthy, active lives. We reimburse 75% (up to $140/month) of health club and gym memberships for individual, dual and family dues.

Parental Leave

Employees may be eligible for 12-18 weeks of paid disability and/or baby bonding time for the birth or adoption of a child under WA PFML and/or our short-term disability program. After one year, full-time employees are also eligible to receive supplemental paid leave up to 100% of their pay when adding a new child to their family.*

*Employees must be approved for short-term disability and/or WA PFML to access this benefit.

Generous 401(k) Retirement Plan

We are proud to offer a remarkable employer 401(k) program, matching $.50 on every dollar an eligible employee contributes up to the annual IRS dollar limit. 

Transportation/Commute Options

The Allen Institute is located in Seattle’s vibrant and growing South Lake Union neighborhood with easy access to bus and streetcar routes, major arterials and highways. We offer a subsidy and special benefits for your preferred transportation option: 

  • Bike Commute. Located at the terminus of the Westlake Cycle Track, it’s no surprise that the Allen Institute is the #1 Bike to Work Company in Seattle! More than 21% of all commute trips made by employees are by bicycle. We provide two secure bike cages, showers and lockers. The Allen Institute bike committee plans outings, social events and more. 

  • ORCA regional transit card. Employees contribute just $16/month for unlimited transit rides and transfers on light rail, all major regional buses, water taxis and streetcars. 

  • On-site parking garage. Employees pay a fraction of the market rate for a space. Carpooling is encouraged — employees who carpool can split the cost of parking.

Culinary Options and Benefits

Café 680 is a private, on-site bistro available just for Allen Institute employees. Located on the sixth floor, staff dine together, relax and enjoy sweeping views of Lake Union. A weekly rotating gourmet menu of fresh salads, soups, snacks, sandwiches, beverages and entrees yields endless selection. All food items at Café 680 are offered at subsidized prices. 

Coffee (including espresso, cappuccinos, mochas, etc.) and tea is free for employees and is available all day. 

Learning and Development

We believe in continuous learning and professional development for our employees. Staff are encouraged to take advantage of internal training opportunities, tuition reimbursement and professional association memberships. 

Other Perks and Discounts

Allen Institute employees receive additional discounts at area retailers, eateries, ski resorts, yoga studios and ticket vendors (sports, concerts, theatre, movies and theme parks).  


At the Allen Institute, we have a unique culture that blends the best of academia, scientific research and technology. Our scientific reach is global and so is our workforce. We are a talented and diverse group of individuals with multiple perspectives – we accomplish great things because we work, learn and succeed together. At the Allen Institute you will find mathematicians, physicists, engineers, neuroscientists, geneticists and informatics experts working side-by-side towards a common goal.

  • Team Science:  We believe teams are stronger than the individual.

  • Big Science:  We explore complex problems in biology at scale.

  • Open Science:  We are radically open, sharing what we do to build trust and credibility.

  • Impact:  We accelerate foundational research that will lead to an understanding of human health and disease.

Opportunities at Allen Institute