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Neuroscience Research Associates Program

At NYU Langone’s Neuroscience Institute, talented college graduates can gain valuable research experience before moving on to an advanced degree program, with the aim of a career in biomedical research.

Our intellectually stimulating, collegial environment is equipped with state-of-the-art resources, and our scientists lead research projects in a range of disciplines that includes molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, physiology, cognition and behavior, sensation and perception, and systems neuroscience.

To apply for a position, you must submit a complete application that includes your CV, a one-page statement of interest, and two letters of recommendation. If your application is selected, you will interview for the position with a faculty member whose research interests match yours. The application deadline has been extended to May 1, 2019.

If you have questions about the program or the application process, email Rachel Weintraub-Brevda, PhD, senior program coordinator, at

2019 Research Associate Positions

Many Neuroscience Institute scientists welcome research associates in their labs. On your application, note which faculty member(s) you are interested in working with.

Research Associate—Alberini Lab

Applications are invited for a research associate position in the laboratory of Cristina M. Alberini, PhD, in the Center for Neural Science at NYU. Research in this lab investigates molecular mechanisms of long-term memory formation and enhancement, as well as mechanisms and treatments of memory impairments in rodent (rat and mouse) models.

Responsibilities also include routine laboratory maintenance and inventory and keeping records of the results of molecular biology and behavioral experiments. An additional significant share of duties includes various writing and office administrative tasks. The candidate should have experience in molecular, cellular, and behavioral techniques in rodents. A bachelor’s degree in biology or neuroscience or an associated area is preferred.

Research Associate—Carter Lab

The laboratory of Adam Carter, PhD, studies neurons, synapses, and circuits in the mouse prefrontal cortex and striatum. We have an opening for a full-time research associate to study how these brain regions participate in goal-directed behaviors. Current research uses a powerful combination of optogenetics, electrophysiology, two-photon imaging, and behavior. We are looking for a motivated individual who will be closely integrated into ongoing projects using in vivo optogenetics and photometry. Other responsibilities will include animal husbandry, viral injections and other surgeries, and histology with fluorescence microscopy. Candidates should have a bachelor's degree in neuroscience or a related discipline, some previous research experience, good organizational skills, and the ability to commit to this position for two years. Previous research associates in the laboratory have published their own work and continued to either medical or graduate school.

Research Associate—Dasen Lab

The laboratory of Jeremy Dasen, PhD, studies the development of the vertebrate nervous system, using mouse, chick, and zebrafish model systems. We have an opening for a research associate position that requires familiarity with the principles behind basic molecular biology techniques and genetic analyses of mice. This includes some laboratory experience in molecular cloning and analysis of recombinant DNA, both from bacterial strains and from genomic DNA isolated from mouse tissues. The applicant should also be familiar with principles behind performing polymerase chain reactions (PCR), animal research, and histological analysis of tissue sections. The applicant will receive additional training on the execution of these methodologies. Candidates must have a bachelor's degree in arts or sciences in biomedical or physical sciences. A minimum commitment of two years is required.

Research Associate—Evrony Lab

The laboratory of Gilad D. Evrony, MD, PhD, is a new lab at NYU Langone whose mission is to understand the mechanisms by which the genome builds the brain and to identify the molecular-genetic defects underlying neuropsychiatric diseases whose causes are not known. The Evrony Lab focuses on creating foundational new technologies for genomics and neuroscience in order to answer these questions.

We are looking for individuals who would like hands-on experience in creating new technologies to study the brain and the genome. This experience serves as a good training ground for a future career in medicine or research. Responsibilities include independently designing and carrying out molecular biology experiments, providing general research support for graduate students and postdocs, and maintaining laboratory supplies. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in a field of science or engineering and be able to commit to the role for two years. You should also be motivated, organized, detail-oriented, and work well in interdisciplinary collaborative teams. Previous research experience and good communication skills are a plus.

Research Associate—He Lab

The Perception and Brain Dynamics Laboratory at NYU Langone is looking for a research associate to start in summer 2019. The laboratory is within the Neuroscience Institute at NYU Langone and is affiliated with Departments of Neurology, Neuroscience and Physiology, and Radiology. Our research focus is on understanding the neural bases of perceptual awareness using multimodal imaging (fMRI, MEG, EEG, ECoG) and stimulation (tDCS, TMS) techniques in humans, combined with computational neuroscience approaches.

We are looking for a bright and driven candidate with a bachelor’s or master’s degree who is dedicated to neuroscience research. A variety of backgrounds, including neuroscience, biology, psychology, and computer science is possible, and experience with programming is highly desirable. In addition, the ideal candidate has high responsibility and dependability, as well as excellent critical thinking, organizational, and leadership skills. Performing independent research is an important aspect of the position, in addition to lab management duties. A minimal commitment of two years is required.

Research Associate—Lin Lab

The laboratory of Dayu Lin, PhD, studies the neural basis of many social behaviors such as mating, fighting, defense, predation, and parenting. The Lin Lab is interested in investigating how the sensory information is relayed, integrated, extracted, and diverged to ultimately cause the behavioral output. Various genetic engineering, tracing, functional manipulation, in vivo electrophysiological recording, and computational tools are combined to dissect the neural circuits in a great detail. We are currently looking for a research associate who has some laboratory experiences and is comfortable with computers.

Research Associate—Peron Lab

The laboratory of Simon Peron, PhD, seeks a full-time research technician to assist with our research. Our laboratory uses a combination of two-photon calcium imaging, head-fixed behavior, optogenetics, and optical cellular resolution perturbation approaches to answer both circuit and behavioral level about cortical function in the mouse. The responsibilities of an associate include mouse behavioral training, chronic cranial window implant and viral injection surgeries, and maintenance of the mouse colony. Applicants should have a bachelor's degree, be motivated to perform research, and be prepared to make a two-year commitment.

Research Associate—Schoppik Lab

The laboratory of David Schoppik, PhD, aims to figure out how our brains keep us from falling down. Specifically, we’re working on understanding how developing nervous systems learn to balance, and how balance comes to fail with age. We use the zebrafish as a model, as it allows us to investigate the general principles that enable balance in a tractable system. The Schoppik Lab uses a wide range of tools from electrophysiology, computational models, cutting-edge microscopes, and modern gene editing and profiling approaches. Associates are expected to work independently on their own projects, with training, support, and mentorship provided, for a two-year period. Previous associates in our laboratory have published their own work and gone on to graduate and medical school.

Research Associate—Shoham Lab

Led by Shy Shoham, PhD, the Neural Interface Engineering Lab at NYU Langone’s newly established Tech4Health Center aims to develop groundbreaking neuroimaging and neuromodulation technologies for clinicians and researchers. We are looking for a full-time research associate to support this goal. This is an exciting opportunity to participate in a cutting-edge collaboration between biologists and engineers to produce breakthroughs in neurotechnology. Candidates with a wide range of technical skill sets are considered, including biological and physical sciences, as well as engineering disciplines. Candidates must be organized, communicate effectively with members of the lab, and work closely with the lab manager on day-to-day lab operations.

Applicants must have at least a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering, biology, neuroscience, physics, computer sciences, or a similar field, and should be scientifically curious and motivated to contribute to the research process. Formal or informal abilities in mechanical, electrical, optical, and computer engineering are a significant plus.

Research Associate—Stavropoulos Lab

The Stavropoulos Lab, led by Nicholas Stavropoulos, PhD, at NYU Langone's Neuroscience Institute, is seeking a full-time research associate to perform research on the molecular mechanisms that regulate sleep. Our studies use the fruit fly Drosophila to characterize the genes and neuronal circuits underlying sleep-wake cycles.

The successful applicant will conduct research and work closely with Dr. Stavropoulos and a small group of researchers, as well as perform general lab duties. A bachelor's degree in science and previous laboratory experience are required; an emphasis in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, or neuroscience is preferred. Candidates should be highly motivated and enthusiastic about research, and can work collaboratively as well as independently in a dynamic environment. This position represents an ideal opportunity for those seeking training for careers in scientific research and medicine. We are interested exclusively in applicants able to make at least a two-year commitment.

Research Associate—Tritsch Lab

The laboratory of Nicolas Tritsch, PhD, aims to shed light on the molecular, cellular, and circuit mechanisms used by the mammalian brain to produce movement using a combination of state-of-the-art experimental approaches in mice. We are looking for a full-time laboratory research associate to support our research efforts. Responsibilities include maintenance of our mouse colony, ordering reagents, carrying out stereotaxic intracranial surgeries, acquiring single- and multiphoton images, and analyzing data. Candidates should organize their time effectively, keep meticulous written records, be mindful of experimental variables that may affect results and/or interpretation, and communicate freely with members of the laboratory. Applicants should be prepared to make at least a two-year commitment; must have a bachelor’s degree in biomedical, physical, or computer sciences; and should be scientifically curious and motivated to contribute to the research process. The ability to code in MATLAB, Python, or LabVIEW is a significant plus.