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Becoming a Research Resident


  1. Application There is no need to meet with faculty as part of the application.  Students interested in the position should APPLY USING THIS FORM.  Please submit by May 10 at 12pm.
  2. Who The research residencies are good for graduating students wanting to establish a less traditional career. It can provide an economic and networking base to launch a freelance business or something in the arts, research or academia.
  3. Responsibilities Research residencies break down into the three traditional components of academia:
    1. Service There are tasks that need doing at ITP. Those tasks evolve over the years but in the past they have included such things as managing the physical computing lab, maintaining various websites, maintaining the sound and video lab, maintaining the projects or people database.  Residents also help produce our shows and other events. 
    2. Tutorial You have to help the students, especially the students in foundation classes. This can take the form of office hours, help sessions or studio hours in a lab.
    3. Research You have to do some interesting work of your own and show it at the end of your residency.
    4. Balance The balance of these components is unevenly distributed over the year. The Fall can be heavy on tutorial, Spring heavy on service and the summer mostly all research.
  4. Where All residents will work at 370 Jay Street, Brooklyn, New York.
  5. When Research Residents are chosen by the faculty right after graduation in the Spring. The job starts the week before classes beginning in the Fall. It is a one-year appointment
  6. Supervision In general, we look for self-directed, self-starting residents. Residents report for administrative purposes (eg sick days) and some service purposes (eg labs, databases) to Rob Ryan. For general direction in service, tutorial and research they consult with the relevant member of the faculty.
  7. Schedule Most research positions are half-time 20/hours per week. Residents' hours must overlap with students, supervisors, and administration as necessary but need not be completely traditional.  Note: while residents are typically completely free to work on their own projects in the summer that work has to happen on the ITP floor.
  8. Ability Project  One of the residents will be dedicated to NYU's Ability Project. Check the box on the application if you are interested in this option.
  9. Criteria The ITP faculty chooses each resident based primarily on how the applicant's strengths for service, tutorial and research line up with the department's current needs and interests and how the applicant's career could be improved by the experience.
  10. Selections Process The faculty, current research residents and staff are all polled. Based on that there is a second round of polling among the faculty to ensure that particular areas that they think will be important in the coming year will be covered.
  11. Benefits Residents can purchase the University's health coverage at employee rates. Some lending agencies will allow a deferment of student loans for this type of "postdoc" position that varies by company.
  12. Funds There are no additional funds set aside for materials or travel but in the past residents have received funds for materials or presentations that have seen to also benefit the larger ITP community.

For International Students:  because NYU is not currently an e-Verify employer, if you are invited to become a Resident, your "term" will be dictated by the end date of your OPT which is often a few weeks earlier in the summer than the actual end date of the appointment. -- there is no change of a STEM extension through NYU.