The Translational Neuroimaging Laboratory – Michael L. Lipton, M.D., Ph.D.

Research Internships

Developing future medical researchers is a major focus of the lab and we are proud of those trainees who have worked productively in the lab, won awards for their research and moved on to secure competitive and prestigious training, faculty and other career positions. At any time, multiple students and trainees from diverse backgrounds and at various levels are working actively on our projects. Student involvement can range from full-time PhD dissertation research and post-doctoral researchers who spend many years in the lab to medical students and residents pursuing projects over periods from a few months to a year or more. Our work is complex and technically demanding. Thus, students with background in research imaging, statistics and modeling, computer programming as well as other related areas are best positioned to work productively in the lab. Data processing and analysis are performed on a Linux-based high performance computing cluster. Students who do not have at least basic familiarity with this environment will be asked to develop basic Linux familiarity prior to commencing work in the lab. Some less technically demanding opportunities, such as field data collection and structured literature reviews are sometimes possible. Due to the high demand for student positions, especially during the summer months, not all requests can be accommodated. It is highly advisable to make your inquiry as early as possible. 

Some notes on specific circumstances and on funding:
  • High School Students: Because of the level and technical complexity of the work we do, positions cannot be offered to high school level students.
  • Undergraduate students: Undergraduates are occasionally accepted for work in the lab, provided they have relevant background and skills, specifically computing, and are able to make a full-time commitment of at least two months. Funding is NOT available for undergraduates, except under unusual circumstances. However, students are strongly encouraged to apply to the Einstein SURP program, which provides funding, housing and many other benefits, while allowing students to work in the lab.
  • Einstein MD students: Einstein offers several mechanisms to support students for summer and longer periods in the lab. Visit this site for more information.
  • MD students from outside Einstein: Outside MD students are occasionally accommodated, particularly if they have relevant experience and can make a full-time commitment of at least several months. Unfortunately no funding is available. Check with your home institution.
  • Graduate students (PhD and MD-PhD) interested in doing a laboratory rotation should arrange to meet with Dr. Lipton discuss possibilities.
  • Dissertation research must be discussed with Dr. Lipton, preferably in conjunction with at least one rotation in the lab. We provide an outstanding and enjoyable environment. Students should, as part of their initial work, plan to develop, write and submit an NIH NRSA Fellowship application to fund their graduate studies beyond the first year or so.
  • Postdoctoral Researchers are accepted when positions become available, typically related to newly funded projects.
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