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Rockefeller University Overview

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At Rockefeller University, bioscience is what we do. It’s all we do. Our exclusive focus is on uncovering the processes that underlie life. How cells work. How genes are controlled. What makes us sick, and what keeps us healthy. The research underway in our labs today ... Read more

Mission: Science for the benefit of humanity

Company Updates

  • Congratulations to Rockefeller's Kivanc Birsoy! He has been named the 2020 recipient of the The Vilcek Foundation Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science for his work on the regulation of cellular metabolism in the context of cancer and genetic disorders.

  • Using a new technique to study brain development, scientists in the Brivanlou lab were able to trace the causes of Huntington's back to early developmental stages when the brain has only just begun to form. #RockefellerScience

    Study gives clues to the origin of Huntington's disease, and a new way to find drugs - News

    The first signs of Huntington's, an inherited disease that slowly deteriorates bodies and minds, don't typically surface until middle age. But new findings suggest that something in the brain might be amiss long before symptoms arise, and earlier than has ever been observed. Using a new technology, Rockefeller scientists were able to trace the causes ...

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Rockefeller University – Why Work With Us?

University Overview & Quick Facts

Each of our 75 laboratories is led by a Rockefeller scientist who reports directly to the president. We have 10 broad areas of research, but 0 formal departments and a lean administration with minimal bureaucracy.

We are a vibrant, collegial scientific community of approximately 200 graduate students, 325 postdocs, and 1,325 research and support staff. Our 16-acre campus on Manhattan’s East Side is home to 9 modern research buildings with over 481,000 square feet of lab space.

Our scientists have won a collective 25 Nobel Prizes, and 5 Nobel Prize winners are currently on our faculty. 50 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.

Working at Rockefeller University

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:

  • on-site daycare/preschool
  • free fitness center (personal training, strength training classes, yoga, run clubs, state-of-the-art cardio and weight equipment)
  • free tennis and squash courts
  • free classical music concerts
  • free robust events program that attracts many of the world's foremost scientists, cultural innovators and thought leaders
  • free summer outdoor movie series
  • free food trucks, bands and more at the Faculty Club

For more information on our benefits, please click here.

The University has also acquired a variety of discounts through various tri-state establishments:



We are currently hiring graduating seniors for 1-2 year biomedical research assistant positions to work closely with senior scientists and participate in challenging, complex, and dynamic research projects.

As a Rockefeller research assistant, you will:

  • Conduct cutting-edge biomedical research
  • Interact with senior scientists who are committed to your mentorship
  • Learn advanced lab techniques and build strong analytical skills
  • Present your work at lab meetings, journal clubs, and conferences
  • Attend a rich program of scientific meetings, lectures, and special events
  • Enjoy excellent compensation and benefits, including tuition reimbursement
  • Unspoken luxuries also include our intimate community, extreme prestige (number of Nobel prizes and laureates on-campus), incredible funding and core facilities, and the perks – free beer at our Faculty Club, state-of-the-art gym facility, river view, living in NYC!

A smart first step before grad school: After two years, research assistants go on to the top Ph.D., M.D., and MD/Ph.D. programs, while some choose to continue as a third-year researcher to learn more.

Personalized recruitment: When you apply, we learn about your goals, educational background, research experience, and scientific interests to find you a position you’ll thrive in.

Requirements: Bachelor's in science required. We will consider a Master’s degree. Previous laboratory experience preferred.

Our Culture:

  • an incredible haven for some of the best science in the world
  • scientific oasis
  • inspiring, collaborative atmosphere
  • strong social and environmental consciousness
  • intellectually curious academic environment
  • 16-acre campus setting in NYC

Follow your passion for excellence in science and join our researchers in the pursuit of science for the benefit of humanity.



"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

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Rockefeller University Interviews



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    I applied through other source. The process took 4+ months. I interviewed at Rockefeller University (New York, NY) in June 2017.


    first by email were I introduced my self and my research. After that I had a phone call with the PI where we talked on my research and her research and what type of projects I can work on with I join the lab. And after that I flew to NY for a personal interview where I gave a presentation of my work and we talked more on projects in the lab.

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Rockefeller University Awards & Accolades

  • Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine - Michael W. Young, Nobel Prize, 2017
  • Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine - Ralph Steinman, Nobel Prize, 2011
  • Nobel Prize in Chemistry - Roderick MacKinnon, Nobel Prize, 2003
  • Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award - C. David Allis, Albert Lasker Award, 2018
  • Albert Lasker Award - Clinical Medical Research - Charles Rice, Albert Lasker Award, 2016
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Pledges & Certifications

Veteran Hiring Commitment

Committed to helping America's military veterans find work

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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