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University Overview & Quick Facts
Each of our 78 laboratories is led by a Rockefeller scientist who reports directly to the president. We have 9 broad areas of research, but 0 formal departments and a lean administration with minimal bureaucracy.
We are a vibrant, collegial scientific community of approximately 190 graduate students, 325 postdocs, and 1,325 research and support staff. Our 14-acre campus on Manhattan’s East Side is home to 8 modern research buildings with over 481,000 square feet of lab space.
Our scientists have won a collective 24 Nobel Prizes, and 5 Nobel Prize winners are currently on our faculty. 41 percent of our faculty have been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences.
We are a modern, thriving institution: Over the past 10 years we have invested over $2 billion in new facilities, scientific equipment, faculty recruitment, and research support. Our graduate program attracts exceptional Ph.D. students from around the world. They pay $0 in tuition.
The Rockefeller University is the world’s leading biomedical research University. Our groundbreaking discoveries in basic and clinical research are transforming medicine. We share a singular commitment to advancing science for the benefit of humanity. Our collaborative culture drives each of us to achieve a higher level, fueling the breakthroughs for which we are known. Come join us!
"Rockefeller is a truly special place to develop as a principal investigator. The remarkable students, postdocs, and fellow faculty create a unique environment that empowers me to address ambitious questions that have the potential to lead to transformative findings." - Paul Cohen, Ph.D., Laboratory of Molecular Metabolism
"Working at Rockefeller taught me what it's like to be a full-time scientist. For me, that was an important part of preparing myself to pursue my PhD and a career in research. Having spent two years as an RA, I knew that I was prepared to apply to graduate school, not only because of the knowledge I gained, but because I had gained the experience of working in a world-class laboratory on exciting, important scientific questions. I was eventually accepted to all the graduate programs to which I applied is thanks in no small part to my RA experience, my letter of recommendation, and the skills/knowledge I gained working at RU." - Zintis Inde, Former Research Assistant at Rockefeller University
"Rockefeller commits unparalleled intellectual and practical support to junior faculty, encouraging us to tackle bold and risky scientific questions from the day we begin our labs. Departmental duties do not exist and administrative distractions are minimized so we have the opportunity to fully focus on our research. The lack of departmental structure at Rockefeller means that my close colleagues and neighbors are not necessarily in my field, a unique organization that promotes broad and multidisciplinary thinking about science." - Vanessa Ruta, Ph.D., Laboratory of Neurophysiology and Behavior
"Rockefeller is something of a hidden gem. I'm always amazed by the luxuries we have: intimate community, extreme prestige (number of Nobel prizes and laureates on campus), incredible funding and core facilities, and then there are the perks - free beer, river view, living in NYC. When you enter this campus, people treat you as a peer, even as a Research Assistant. There are no undergrads to 'compete' with so that as an RA, you become the natural and only recipient of all the mentoring and lab education available from postdocs and professors." - Eliza Adams, Former Research Assistant at Rockefeller University
"Rockefeller is a truly special place to do science. Its amazing history, unique academic structure, gorgeous campus, prime location are all factors that attracted me here. But what Rockefeller impresses me the most is its people. I constantly draw inspiration from world-renowned pioneers, my fellow junior faculty, vibrant students and postdocs. They are ambitious, persistent, approachable, and fun. These people are what define The Rockefeller University. Once you are here, you become part of it." - Shixin Liu, Ph.D., Laboratory of Nanoscale Biophysics and Biochemistry
"Working as an RA was a tremendously rewarding experience, one that not only convinced me to pursue independent research professionally, but also exposed me to uncountable cutting-edge scientific methodologies and afforded me the opportunity to serve as a co-author on five papers in the two years I worked there. Being able to work in such a large and high-profile lab, with so many people at different career stages and from diverse scientific backgrounds, really allowed me to see what being a scientist was like, both on and off the bench. I owe the vast majority of my scientific technical and evaluative skills to the many people in Charlie Rice's lab, who took the time to teach me their craft." - Joshua Horwitz, Former Research Assistant at Rockefeller University
"Rockefeller offers colleagues who have seeded entirely new fields, students and post-docs with bold visions for the future, an administration and faculty that are on the same side, a long tenure clock that facilitates taking risks, a small community where everyone knows you, a funding approach that promotes doing experiments over writing grants, and a department-less structure that yields out-of-the-box collaborations. I can't imagine a better environment for discovering something big, or at least having fun while trying." - Gaby Maimon, Ph.D., Laboratory of Integrative Brain Function
We offer competitive salaries and all of the comprehensive benefits you’d expect (medical/dental insurances, FSA, retirement planning, commuting expense reimbursement) plus a whole lot more:
For more information on our benefits, please click here.
The University has also acquired a variety of discounts through various tri-state establishments:
Research Assistant Opportunities:
As a Rockefeller research assistant, you will:
A smart first step before grad school
Many of our research assistants work here for about two years and go on to earn advanced degrees.
When you apply, we learn about your goals, educational background, research experience, and scientific interests to find you a position you’ll thrive in.
The Rockefeller experience
We are a vibrant community of people who share your curiosity and love to innovate. Our verdant campus is an inspiring and collaborative environment, and our labs have been home to 24 Nobel Prize winners.
"Rockefeller gave me the tools and freedom to pursue my dreams - working in an amazing lab, doing amazing science. The experience instilled in me a passion for the field of chromatin biology, which I'm now pursuin in-depth as a Ph.D. student at Stanford." - Wendy Wenderski
"Being an RA at Rockefeller helped me figure out whether I wanted to pursue an MD or an MD/PhD, and I confirmed that research was something I wanted to do as a career. My favorite memories include: Friday Seminar Series, the complete open collaboration between labs, being around some of the greatest scientists in the world, the beautiful campus, the CRC cafe and Abby Dining Room, the Rockefeller happy hour, the endless technical resources, and the proximity to two other great research institutions across the street." - Andy Siliciano
I worked at Rockefeller University full-time
Unlimited resources, large number of colleagues at the same level of expertise, research with world-renown professors
Your experience depends on who you work for
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Rockefeller University in March 2017.
It was an interview over Skype, where we went over basic interview questions, my research experiences (emphasis on techniques), and my interests.The interview lasted approximately 30 minutes. The interviewer was nice and pleasant.