Associate Researcher II, Environmental Medicine and Public Health

Job Description

Strength Through Diversity

Ground breaking science. Advancing medicine. Healing made personal.


Roles & Responsibilities:


The research associate will be a member of the research group of Dr. Roberto Lucchini and Dr. Megan Horton in Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The collaborative research group studies how environmental pollutants impact neurologic health in children and in occupational workers. Specifically, the group works to link novel exposure biomarkers (i.e., contaminants measured in teeth, hair) with magnetic resonance imaging and neuropsychological outcomes. Research projects are based locally (in the New York City area) and internationally (Italy).   The lab is based in a large department that is a leader in environmental public health research within a prominent academic medical campus next to Central Park in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Mount Sinai offers many opportunities to learn new research skills and this position may fit a candidate with strong organizational skills and field research experience who is seeking additional research experience in environmental epidemiology.

This position requires the researcher to spend a significant amount of time with first responders of the World Trade Center disaster. Many of these subjects have PTSD, and the researcher is expected to conduct study visits and follow-up in a sympathetic and professional manner.

While expertise with basic computing skills and data management is required, additional experience with statistical packages (SAS, SPSS, or similar) and work with research data is preferable. The job description is a broad outline of the duties required and will be renewed and modified in consultation with the PI, as the research program further develops.

  • Participate in recruiting, enrolling and interviewing subjects into research studies
  • Demonstrate patience and diligence while working with subjects who have anxiety or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Must be comfortable working with small children and their parents
  • Maintain accurate records of interviews and study visits
  • Manage study data files, updating records, ensuring compliance with confidentiality requirements and safe storage
  • Prepare materials for IRB submission, grant related progress reports, updates for weekly meetings
  • Contribute to study protocol development
  • Coordinate meetings between multiple PI’s and study personnel
  • Participate in research group meetings, including presenting summaries of ongoing analyses
  • Conduct literature reviews to support grant applications and scientific manuscripts
  • Learn to assist in descriptive, exploratory, and systematic analyses of diverse types of data
  • Prepare presentation materials, scientific figures and other data rich summaries
  • Assist in manuscript preparation and submission with the possibility of co-authorship on scientific publications
  • Ability to handle and keep records of petty-cash used for subjects, and order study materials
  • Communicate with research partners in domestic and international collaboration
  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in a health-related science field (for example: Psychology, Biology, Chemistry)
  • Experience: 2 years in a research environment or 1 year plus Master’s Degree in sciences or related field 

Strength Through Diversity


The Mount Sinai Health System believes that diversity is a driver for excellence. We share a common devotion to delivering exceptional patient care. Yet we’re as diverse as the city we call home- culturally, ethically, in outlook and lifestyle. When you join us, you become a part of Mount Sinai’s unrivaled record of achievement, education and advancement as we revolutionize medicine together.


We work hard to acquire and retain the best people, and to create a welcoming, nurturing work environment where you can develop professionally. We share the belief that all employees, regardless of job title or expertise, can make an impact on quality patient care. 


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Who We Are

Over 38,000 employees strong, the mission of the Mount Sinai Health System is to provide compassionate patient care with seamless coordination and to advance medicine through unrivaled education, research, and outreach in the many diverse communities we serve.


Formed in September 2013, The Mount Sinai Health System combines the excellence of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with seven premier hospital campuses, including Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Brooklyn, The Mount Sinai Hospital, Mount Sinai Queens, Mount Sinai West (formerly Mount Sinai Roosevelt), Mount Sinai St. Luke’s, and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai.


The Mount Sinai Health System is an equal opportunity employer. We promote recognition and respect for individual and cultural differences, and we work to make our employees feel valued and appreciated, whatever their race, gender, background, or sexual orientation. 


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