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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. The Application portal for our 2020 Neuroscience Research Associates Program is now closed. Applications for summer 2021 will open in January 2021 and we encourage all interested students and recent graduates to apply.

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.

If you have questions about the program or the application process, email Gabriela Serrano, project coordinator, at

Below are the labs participating in the 2020 Research Associates Program.

Carr Lab

The laboratory of Kenneth D. Carr, PhD, investigates the effects of dietary manipulation on expression of inflammatory markers and synaptic proteins in reward-related brain regions in rats. Effects on multiple behavioral readouts are also examined including lick microstructure, conditioned flavor preference, and rewarding effects of abused drugs. The research associate conducts stereotaxic surgeries, behavioral testing, gel electrophoresis and western analyses. Applicants should have some relevant laboratory experience.

Chao Lab

The laboratory of Moses V. Chao, PhD, is focused on the mechanism of action of receptor-mediated signaling events in neuronal cells. Primary cultures of hippocampal and cortical neurons are isolated to study the trafficking and signal transduction properties of trophic factor receptors by immunoblotting and immunocytochemical analyses. The techniques include the use of transgenic mice, DNA and RNA isolation, and PCR measurements; cell sorting; gel electrophoresis; protein analysis; and DNA transfection. Learn more about the Chao 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.

He Lab

The laboratory of Biyu Jade He, PhD, is seeking a research associate to start in summer 2020. The Perception and Brain Dynamics Laboratory employs multimodal human brain imaging, stimulation, and computational approaches to investigate the neural bases of human perception in healthy and diseased populations. Previous research associates from our lab have gone on to prestigious graduate or medical schools, many with national fellowship awards. We are looking for a bright, driven candidate who has neuroscience and/or psychology experience and excellent critical thinking and analytical skills.

Liddelow Lab

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

Lin Lab

The laboratory of Dayu Lin, PhD, focuses on understanding the neural mechanisms of social behaviors, including aggression, maternal behaviors, and sexual behaviors. We use a wide range of molecular, functional manipulation and recording tools. We are seeking a highly self-motivated individual to join the lab as a research associate. The main responsibility of the job includes ordering reagents and equipment, maintaining mouse colonies, genotyping, assisting with animal protocols, and maintaining normal lab operation. The individual is also expected to carry out some wet bench experiments and has the opportunity to conduct independent project, if desired. Individuals with experience in lab management and animal research are preferred. We require a two-year minimum commitment. Learn more about the Lin Lab.

Long Lab

The laboratory of Michael A. Long, PhD, is looking for a research associate who will be responsible for performing tasks directly relevant to ongoing experiments under the guidance of a postdoctoral associate. In this role, the successful candidate participates in fast-paced research projects that involve electrophysiology (both in vitro and in vivo) and behavioral analysis, as well as the possibility of adopting molecular and/or florescence imaging approaches. Learn more about the Long Lab.

Mazzoni Lab

The laboratory of Esteban O. Mazzoni, PhD, is looking to enrich the team with a motivated junior scientist. We develop stem cell–based approaches combined with state-of-the-art genomic engineering techniques to understand development and model neurodegenerative diseases. We offer an inclusive and intellectually challenging environment, an exciting group of people, and training in molecular, genomics, and cell biology techniques. We are looking for a respectful lab citizen who is organized and motivated and willing to contribute to our collective effort. Learn more about the Mazzoni Lab.

Rinberg Lab

The laboratory of Dmitry Rinberg, PhD, studies how olfactory information is represented in the brain, and how the brain extracts information relevant for behavior. Our lab uses a wide range of techniques including imaging, electrophysiology, and behavioral experiments coupled with optogenetic stimulation (including two-photon holography) to understand how spatiotemporal neural codes are read by the brain and evoke behavior. We are looking for a research associate to assist with behavioral and imaging experiments under the supervision of a senior researcher. The candidate will have the opportunity to participate in exciting new projects and learn new techniques. The ideal candidate will have previous experience working in a lab and be able to make a two-year commitment. We prefer someone with a background in neuroscience and familiarity with computer programming languages (Python, MATLAB). Learn more about the Rinberg Lab.

Salzer Lab

The laboratory of James L. Salzer, MD, PhD, is looking for two research associates beginning in June 2020. Research associates will be supervised by a senior scientist and Dr. Salzer in two independent research projects. These include characterizing remyelination by neural stem cells, and their interactions with microglia, which are under the control of Gli1 transcription factor. We are also characterizing non-autonomous interactions of Schwann cells during development of peripheral nerves. Both positions involve generating and analyzing genetically modified mouse lines. Prior experience with mouse husbandry, perfusion and sectioning, or immunofluorescence analysis is helpful but not essential. Research associates are also expected to assist with ordering lab supplies, maintaining lab stocks, and completing lab regulatory forms. Learn more about the Salzer Lab.

Schneider Lab

The laboratory of David Schneider, PhD, studies how sensory, motor, and learning systems within the brain interact to store memories about the past 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 augmented reality.

We are hiring a research technician to begin in the summer or fall of 2020. In addition to providing general research support for graduate students and postdocs, successful candidates also help with managing the mouse colony, lab orders, and equipment; help run behavioral experiments and histology; perform data analysis; and execute an independent research project.

We are looking for a two-year commitment from individuals who want hands-on experience studying the brain and animal behavior. This is an ideal position for someone who wants firsthand research training before applying to graduate school. A bachelor of science degree in neuroscience, biology, computer science, engineering, or a related field is required. We prefer someone with previous experience working with mice and programming experience (MATLAB, Python). Learn more about the Schneider Lab.

Schoppik Lab

The laboratory of David Schoppik, PhD, studies the development, function, and dysfunction of the vestibular system. We wonder about things such as “How do you build a brain that can balance a body?” and “How can we use what we know about balance to understand brain disorders?” We use an exciting and powerful model system, baby zebrafish, to make progress on these fundamental questions. We are looking for someone who is excited to be part of a supportive team of bright and capable scientists. Previous technicians have published their own papers, built microscopes, and recorded electrical activity from neurons while a fish was trying to balance. They have gone on to either PhD or MD programs. For this position, temperament is more important than any particular skill: you need to be honest, excited to learn new things, and comfortable making mistakes. It helps if you can already code (any language), but it is more important that you’re willing to learn. Learn more about the Schoppik 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 the newly established Tech4Health Center, 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. This is an exciting opportunity to join a cutting-edge collaboration between biologists and engineers to produce breakthroughs in neurotechnology. 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. Formal or informal abilities in mechanical, electrical, optical, and computer engineering are a significant plus.

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. Since dopamine is thought to play a central role in reward-based learning, we aim to understand how this neurotransmitter affects neural activity at the single cell and circuit level.

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.

Stavropoulos Lab

The laboratory of Nicholas Stavropoulos, PhD, is seeking a full-time research technician to perform research on the molecular mechanisms that regulate sleep. Our studies use the fruit fly Drosophila to characterize genes and neuronal circuits underlying sleep-wake cycles. The successful applicant will perform research and work closely with the principal investigator and a small group of researchers. In addition to the main focus in research, you will perform 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 who are able to make at least a two-year commitment. Learn more about the Stavropoulos 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.

Please note additional labs may join during the 2020 recruitment process.