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Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory NeuroAI Summer Research Intern in Cold Spring Harbor, New York

Requisition Title
NeuroAI Summer Research Intern

Requisition Number

Job Status

Position Category
Science/Research (RSCH)

Education Required
Graduate Degree

Experience Required

Position Description
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is seeking outstanding undergraduate and graduate students to spend the summer as NeuroAI Research Interns, part of our innovative NeuroAI Program at the intersection of neuroscience and artificial intelligence. The goal of the NeuroAI Program is to use insights from neuroscience to catalyze the development of next-generation AI, rather than to apply AI to better understand neuroscience. The history of AI is closely intertwined with that of neuroscience, notably inspiring the development of convolutional neural networks and reinforcement learning. The CSHL NeuroAI program builds on CSHL's strengths in theoretical, computational, and experimental neuroscience in areas including neural circuits, rodent cognition, perception, social behavior, neural development, neurogenetics, synaptic function, and brain disorders.

During the internship, you will work alongside mentors and peers in the NeuroAI Program to pursue a research project where you design, implement, and evaluate novel models/agents. You will learn about modern neuroscience from world-class faculty and through guided and independent study, and interact with the advisory board (\#advisory-board). You will have opportunities to report and present research findings, internally and externally, verbally and in writing.

The ideal candidate will have strong theoretical and practical experience in modern AI, as well as an interest in neuroscience, but formal experience in neuroscience is not required. CSHL is dedicated to building and maintaining a diverse work environment. Applications from women and underrepresented minorities in STEM are strongly encouraged.

Position Requirements

This internship is in-person on the CSHL campus, located on the north shore of Long Island. (). The campus is surrounded by miles of beautiful beaches and hiking trails, and the nearby towns of Cold Spring Harbor and Huntington provide good local hangout spots and all necessary amenities. New York City is 1 hour away by train, providing a vibrant mix of museums, music and arts venues, scenic spots, restaurants, and bars.


This internship has a target 12-week duration starting in May or June.

Minimum Qualifications:

- Currently pursuing or recently completed a bachelor's, master's, or PhD program in Computer Science, Mathematical/Computational Science, Statistics, Cognitive Science, Symbolic Systems, or a related technical field with significant coursework in AI.

- Relevant research, work, or project experience in AI, e.g. deep neural networks, probabilistic modeling, reinforcement learning, self-supervised learning, transfer/continual learning, meta-learning, computer vision, language, robotics and control.

- Experience coding in industry-standard ML languages and frameworks, e.g. Python, C++, PyTorch, Tensorflow, JAX.

- Interest in systems, cognitive, and/or computational neuroscience.

Bonus Qualifications:

- Relevant coursework, research, work, or project experience in any field of neuroscience or psychology.

- Strong software engineering skills demonstrated through work experience, course projects, personal projects, or open-source contributions.

- Strong communication skills demonstrated through technical writing, blog articles, presentations, or teaching.

- Publication record in AI/ML conferences and journals.


- Resume or CV

- Transcript (unofficial or official)

- Cover letter (1 page max, essay and/or bullet points)
What are your qualifications for AI research?
Why are you interested in neuroscience-inspired AI?
What are some project directions you could be interested in exploring?

Please submit the requested documents to: Position ID: 03026-R

Competitive salary applies. Multiple positions are available. We will evaluate applications on a rolling basis starting December 1, 2021.

Inquiries should be directed to:
Candidates from non-traditional and/or underrepresented backgrounds, broadly defined, are strongly encouraged to apply.

You are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition to your employment at the Laboratory, except in instances where you have a qualifying medical condition or sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance that is contrary to receiving the vaccine. You will be required to provide proof of your vaccination on your first day of employment. For those individuals, who are unable to receive a vaccine due to access issues, they will be expected to receive the vaccine upon arrival in New York.

Founded in 1890, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory is a world-renowned research and educational institution with programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant biology, genomics, and bioinformatics. CSHL is a private, not-for-profit institution in New York and has been home to eight Nobel Prize winners. Today, CSHL's multidisciplinary scientific community is bolstered by more than 600 researchers and its Scientific Meetings & Courses Program, which hosts more than 9,000 scientists from around the world each year on its campus. Website:

CSHL is an EO/AA Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or protected veteran status. VEVERRA

CSHL is an EO/AA Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or protected veteran status.