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Neuroscience Research Associates Program

At the Neuroscience Institute, our research associates gain valuable technical skills and research experience before moving on to advanced degree programs, with the aim of a career in biomedical science.

Our research associates have access to the following:

  • an intellectually stimulating and collegial environment
  • state-of-the-art technology and resources
  • research projects led by world class scientists in a range of disciplines that includes molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, physiology, cognition and behavior, sensation and perception, and systems neuroscience

We foster a diverse, inclusive, and supportive community to help our research associates excel in their career paths.

Research Associates Program Events

As part of the Research Associates Program, we offer a series of events that support the transition from research associate to graduate student. We also host events that empower our research associates through personal and professional development.

Graduate School Admissions Panel

Each year we host a panel with faculty from both uptown and downtown campuses to discuss the application process. Our faculty provide insight into what they look for in an applicant, how to craft a personal statement, and what value they place on different areas of an application.

Personal Statement Workshop

To assist with graduate school applications, we host a Personal Statement Workshop where your essay can be peer-reviewed.

Do’s and Don’ts of Interviewing Panel

Every year we select a panel of our grad students to share their interviewing experience and provide pointers on how to interview. Topics cover how formal is an interview, what questions to ask current lab members, and how in depth should you discuss your research.

RAP Roundtable

Our research associates regularly meet to discuss their current research and hone their presentation skills.

Wellness Series

Research associates meet to discuss issues, encourage personal development, and foster community though planned activities.

Future Research Associates Program events include workshops on time management, cultivating a competitive CV, mentoring, and cultural sensitivity training.

Our trainees are invited to participate in our weekly Group Meeting, Joint Neuroscience Colloquia series, and Seminars by Postdocs in Neuroscience: Extramural Series (SPiNES). These events provide a chance for research associates to engage with the neuroscience community. Through our speaker series you are exposed to different areas of neuroscience across trainee levels (grad students, post docs, and even external principal investigators) and have the opportunity to ask questions.

As a member of the NYU Langone organization you will be eligible for benefits. We encourage all interested students and recent graduates to apply, and we accept international applicants on a case-by-case basis.

How to Apply

The application portal for the upcoming cycle opened on January 20, 2022. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and the deadline to apply is May 31, 2022.

Applicants should upload a CV, a one-page statement of purpose, and two letters of recommendation. You will be asked to provide the contact information for your two recommenders, and we will contact them directly to upload their letters.

If you have questions about the program or the application process, please email Gabriela Serrano, Project Coordinator, at

Participating Labs

Below are the labs participating in the 2022 Research Associates Program. Please note that additional labs may be added throughout the year.

Alberini Lab

The laboratory of Cristina Alberini, PhD, seeks to hire a research associate at NYU’s Center for Neural Science. The selected candidate will help the lab manager with general operations and work on a research project in collaboration with a postdoctoral fellow. The project will focus on the characterization of molecular mechanisms of memory in mice and rats and in related disease models. In particular, ongoing studies in the lab include identifying molecular mechanisms in hippocampus-dependent memories that enhance memories and reverse cognitive impairments and identifying biological bases of learning and memory in early development. The studies will use a multi-level approach in mice and rats, including models of diseases. Learn more about the Alberini Lab.

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience or related discipline, research experience, and experience with rodent colonies and animal work.

Carter Lab

The laboratory of Adam Carter, PhD, studies neural circuits involved in cognitive and motivated behaviors. We use a wide range of techniques including anatomy, imaging, slice and in vivo electrophysiology, and optogenetics and behavior to study cells and synapses in the cortex, thalamus, and striatum. We are looking for a full-time research associate to participate in new research projects to study how subcortical signals are routed through higher-order thalamus to the frontal cortex. Responsibilities include animal husbandry, stereotaxic surgeries, fluorescence microscopy, and behavioral experiments using in vivo photometry, electrophysiology, and 2-photon microscopy. Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience or related discipline, previous research experience, good organizational skills, and ability to make a two-year commitment. Learn more about the Carter Lab.

Dasen Lab

The laboratory of Jeremy S. Dasen, PhD, studies the development and function of the motor system using mouse, chick, and other vertebrate model systems. Familiarity with research in the neurosciences is desired but not required. The research associate position 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 research associate will receive additional training in the execution of these methodologies. Applicant must have a BS or BA in biomedical, physical, or natural sciences. A minimum commitment of two years is desired. Learn more about the Dasen Lab.

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 lab is focused 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 will serve as a solid training experience 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. Applicants should also be motivated, organized, detail oriented, and work well in interdisciplinary collaborative teams. Previous research experience and good communication skills are a plus. Learn more about the Evrony Lab.

Long Lab

The laboratory of Michael A. Long, PhD, is looking for a research associate to investigate the relationship between neural circuit function and vocal behavior. In this role, the successful candidate will participate in fast-paced research projects that involve in vivo imaging and electrophysiology as well as behavioral analysis. Those with linguistics/human electrophysiology backgrounds may also have the option of working with intracranial data sets examining speech planning and perception. Quantitative training required. Learn more about the Long Lab.

Liddelow Lab

The laboratory of Shane A. Liddelow, PhD, is seeking an inquisitive, motivated, and fun person to help us investigate glia in health and disease. Successful applicants ideally have prior experience in animal handling; cell culture (glial cell purification a bonus); molecular biology (qPCR, in situ hybridization, RNA sequencing); and biochemistry (western blotting, protein purification). Additional experience working with peripheral immune cells and mouse behavioral testing is a plus. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences, neurosciences, or a related field, and should be able to organize their time effectively, keep meticulous written records, communicate effectively with members of the lab, and be prepared to make at least a two-year commitment. Learn more about the Liddelow Lab.

Shoham Lab

The laboratory of Shy Shoham, PhD, is seeking a research associate. The Neural Interface Engineering Lab (NIEL) at NYU Langone aims to develop groundbreaking neuroimaging and neuromodulation technologies for clinicians and researchers. We are part of NYU Langone’s Tech4Health Institute, which strives to develop novel medical and research technologies for the NYU and NYU Langone community. We are looking for a full-time research associate to support this goal. Candidates with a myriad of technical skill sets will be 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 a minimum a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering, biology, neuroscience, physics, computer sciences, or similar, and should be scientifically curious and motivated to contribute to the research process.

Sippy Lab

The laboratory of Tanya C. Sippy, MD, PhD, seeks to better understand how the neural representation of sensory information and the actions it triggers is altered by rewards. Our lab is focused primarily on primary sensory and motor areas as well as the subcortical areas they project to, such as the dorsolateral striatum and nucleus accumbens. We are seeking a research associate who has a strong desire to apply to graduate school. The ideal candidate would participate in experimental design and data collection, as well as analysis. An interest in neural circuit dissection and in vivo neural recording/perturbation is required, a background in these areas are a major plus. Learn more about the Sippy Lab.

Tritsch Lab

The laboratory of Nicolas Tritsch, PhD, is seeking a full-time research associate to help with our efforts understanding how large ensembles of brain cells make sense of the sensory world to best inform our actions. We use a combination of state-of-the-art experimental approaches in rodents, including multiphoton fluorescence microscopy, high-channel count silicone probe recordings, three-dimensional kinematic analyses, and closed-loop optogenetic manipulations.

We are looking for scientifically curious and self-motivated candidates with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, physics, engineering, or computer science or equivalent to join our team. Candidates with a background in biomedical sciences will be considered provided they have some programming experience. Responsibilities include writing code in MATLAB or Python to analyze and curate large electrophysiological and image-based data sets, contributing to the design and assembly of recording equipment, carrying out and interpreting experiments, presenting findings at meetings, and publishing biomedical research articles. Applicants should be prepared to make a two-year commitment. Learn more about the Tritsch Lab.

Learn more about open positions at the Neuroscience Institute.

Research Associates Program By the Numbers

Applicants participated in the 2020 cycle


Research Associates currently working in 13 labs


Percent of participants who advanced to science-related careers

Post-Program Placement in 2018

Graph Showing Post-Program Placement of Research Associates Program Participants
Of the 2018 Research Associates Program cohort, 89 percent of participants went on to graduate school or began careers in science.