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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.

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.

Starting in early 2019, applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

A complete application includes your CV, a one-page statement of interest, and two letters of recommendation. If your application is selected, you interview for the position with a faculty member whose research interests match yours.

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

Examples of 2018 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.

Laboratory Manager—Basu Lab

The laboratory of Jayeeta Basu, PhD, is hiring a laboratory manager starting in early 2018. The Basu Lab studies neural circuits involved in learning and memory using electrophysiology, imaging, and behavioral assays in transgenic mice. Responsibilities of this position include performing animal experiments such as maintaining mouse colonies, stereotaxic surgery, and behavioral assays; using project-specific molecular and cell biology techniques such as subcloning, DNA and RNA isolation, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), cell culture, immunohistochemistry, and fluorescence imaging; and inventory management. The lab manager orders supplies, maintains lab databases and our website, and trains lab personnel, among other general lab management tasks.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, life sciences, biomedical engineering, or a related field, with two years of undergraduate research experience in relevant areas. Candidates from physics, mathematics, or computer science interested in gaining laboratory experience in neuroscience research are welcome. Effective oral and written communication skills are required. The candidate must have a strong work ethic, analytical and organizational skills, and the abilities to multitask and collaborate well with lab members. Basic machine shop and programming skills are a plus. Experience with running animal behavioral assays is also a plus.

Research Technician—Carter Lab

A position is available for a part- or full-time research technician in the laboratory of Adam Carter, PhD. Responsibilities in the Carter Lab include animal husbandry, virus injections, and fluorescence microscopy, with the opportunity to contribute to ongoing projects. Other key activities include ordering supplies and organizing critical lab databases, including for the lab animal colony. Strong candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience or a related discipline, previous research experience, good organizational skills, and be able to commit for one to two years.

Laboratory Research Assistant—Liddelow Lab

The laboratory of Shane A. Liddelow, PhD, seeks inquisitive, motivated, and fun people to help investigate glia in neurodegenerative disease and after trauma. Successful applicants for a full-time laboratory research assistant position in the Liddelow Lab ideally have prior experience with animal handling, cell cultures, molecular biology (quantitative PCR, in situ hybridization, and RNA sequencing), and biochemistry (Western blotting and protein purification).

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in the biomedical sciences, neurosciences, or a related field, and should be able to organize time effectively, keep meticulous written records, and communicate well with members of the lab. Applicants should be prepared to make at least a two-year commitment.

Laboratory Research Assistant—Long Lab

The laboratory of Michael A. Long, PhD, seeks a full-time laboratory research assistant to support ongoing scientific investigation regarding the function of neural circuits and their relationship to behavior. Senior researchers in the Long Lab serve as mentors to the lab assistant. The successful applicant must be able to prioritize time and organize tasks, as well as be comfortable working under some supervision of senior lab staff. Applicants should be prepared to make at least a two-year commitment.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience or a related field. Most importantly, we’re looking for a team player with a sense of humor, as well as technical dexterity, dedication, creativity, strong organizational skills, and a genuine excitement about neuroscience research and learning in general.

Research Technician—Rinberg Lab

The lab of Dmitry Rinberg, PhD, uses electrophysiology, optogenetics, and psychophysics to understand the principles of sensory information processing. Specifically, we investigate how odor information is coded in the brain of the awake, behaving mouse and how information relevant to animal behavior is extracted by the brain. Research technicians engage in both experimental and computational studies of multineuronal coding in awake, behaving mice. These include measurement and analysis of electrophysiological signals from olfactory bulb and olfactory cortices; olfactory psychophysical experiments; development of optogenetic approaches; and a combination of imaging and electrophysiological methods. Learn more about the Rinberg Lab.

Research Technician—Salzer Lab

The lab of James L. Salzer, MD, PhD, investigates the molecular and cellular biology of axons and myelin in genetically engineered mice and in tissue culture models. One project is focused on the assembly of electrogenic domains—specifically, the axon initial segment (AIS) and nodes of Ranvier, sites of action potential initiation and regeneration, respectively. This includes studying the mechanisms of homeostatic and activity-dependent plasticity of the AIS.

In a second major project, we are characterizing the interactions between axons and glial cells that drive formation of myelinated fibers. Disruption of these interactions contributes to neurological disorders, including multiple sclerosis. A major focus is the role of neural stem cells in myelin repair and their interactions with microglia as part of a therapeutic effort to ameliorate demyelination and promote repair in myelin disorders.

Responsibilities for the position include a mix of lab manager duties (ordering and maintaining inventory), mouse husbandry (maintaining stocks and genotyping), and mouse analysis (perfusion, sectioning, and staining) to advance a project focused on AIS plasticity. A two-year commitment is required. Learn more about the Salzer Lab.

Research Technician—Schneider Lab

The goal of the laboratory of David Schneider, PhD, is to understand how sensory, motor, and learning systems within the brain interact to store memories and make predictions about the future. To achieve these goals, we study neural circuits using electrical, optical, and pharmacological techniques in mice engaged in natural behaviors and virtual reality.

We are hiring a research technician to help set up a state-of-the-art neuroscience laboratory at NYU beginning in the summer of 2018. Working with team members, the successful candidate provides general research support and help with building experimental setups, running behavioral experiments, managing mouse colonies, and general lab management. Applicants must be organized and detailed oriented, able to balance multiple demands, and comfortable working under supervision of senior lab staff.

We are looking for individuals who want hands-on experience studying the brain and animal behavior. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, biology, computer science, engineering, or a related field and be able to commit to the role for at least two years. Previous research or programming experience (such as MATLAB or Python) is a plus. Learn more about the Schneider Lab.

Research Technician—Schoppik Lab

The laboratory of David E. Schoppik, PhD, aims to figure out how our brains keep us from falling down. Specifically, we’re working to understand how developing nervous systems learn to balance and how balance begins to fail with age. We use the zebrafish as a model, which allows us to investigate the general principles that enable balance in a tractable system. The Schoppik Lab uses a wide range of tools, including electrophysiology, computational models, the most advanced microscopes, electrophysiology, and modern gene-editing and -profiling approaches.

Technicians are expected to work independently on their own projects, with training, support, and mentorship provided, for a two-year period. Previous technicians in the lab have published their own work and gone on to graduate and medical school.

Research Assistant—Shoham Lab

Led by Shy Shoham, PhD, the Neural Interface Engineering Lab (NIELS) at NYU Langone’s new Tech4Health Center aims to develop groundbreaking neuroimaging and neuromodulation technologies for clinicians and researchers. We are looking for a full-time research assistant to support this goal. This is an exciting opportunity to join a trailblazing collaboration between biologists and engineers to produce breakthroughs in neurotechnology. The successful candidate will have a wide range of technical skill related to the biological and physical sciences, as well as to engineering disciplines. Candidates must be organized, communicate effectively with members of the lab, and work closely with the lab manager on day-to-day 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 Technician—Stavropoulos Lab

The laboratory of Nicholas Stavropoulos, PhD, seeks a full-time research technician to perform research on the molecular mechanisms that regulate sleep. Our studies use the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster to characterize genes and neuronal circuits underlying sleep–wake cycles. The successful applicant performs research and works closely with the principal investigator and a small group of researchers. In addition to the main focus in research, the technician performs general lab duties.

A bachelor’s degree in science and previous laboratory experience are required; emphasis in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, or neuroscience is preferred. Candidates should be highly motivated and enthusiastic about research and able to work collaboratively as well as independently in a dynamic environment. This 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.

Laboratory Research Assistant—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 assistant to support our research efforts.

Responsibilities in the Tritsch Lab include maintaining our mouse colony, ordering reagents, carrying out stereotaxic intracranial surgery, acquiring single- and multiphoton images, and analyzing data. Candidates must be capable of organizing their time effectively, keeping meticulous written records, being mindful of experimental variables that may affect results or interpretation, and communicating freely with members of the lab. Applicants should be prepared to make at least a two-year commitment.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in the biomedical, physical, or computer sciences and should be scientifically curious and motivated to contribute to the research process. Ability to code in MATLAB, Python, or LabVIEW is a significant plus.