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- Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health
We are seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join the Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Environmental Health Sciences Laboratory at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. The Lautenberg Lab is focused on discovering new biomarkers of environmental exposures, particularly in childhood, and is involved in multi-national studies targeting health outcomes such as neurodevelopment and autism. As part of a novel avenue for biomarker development, the Lautenberg Lab is seeking to develop laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) and laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (LA-ICP-MS) methods to discover new biomarkers of environmental exposure and biological response using various biological samples. The samples we receive are precious with over 10 years of effort invested in their collection from countries such as the US, Mexico, Italy, Sweden and Bangladesh. Importantly, these samples are unique in providing a chemical time-machine to study environmental exposures and nutrition from before birth through childhood and even into adulthood. There is a wealth of information archived in these samples and we are looking for a highly motivated individual to help us extract that information and contribute to our understanding of how early life exposures can affect development and adult health.
Located on Central Park in New York City, the Icahn School of Medicine is affiliated with the Mount Sinai Health System, the largest health care provider in New York. The School has more than 600 postdocs supported by an office of postdoctoral affairs and an office of career services. Postdoctoral fellows may audit additional coursework for training in new areas, apply to join a competitive formal teaching program, and also have opportunities for teaching in the Master of Public Health program. The Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, which currently includes more than 18 postdoctoral fellows, has both core training programs and infrastructure as well as a T32 training grant in Children’s Environmental Health funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Our Department has a NIEHS P30 core center with a pilot grant program to which fellows are eligible to apply and more than 40 million dollars of active funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), including both the Child Health Environmental Assessment Resource (CHEAR) data center that develops new methods to analyze complex mixtures and a CHEAR lab hub that supports targeted and untargeted environmental analyses, the development of new assays and a biological response assays as part of this national network that promotes inter-institutional collaboration. Our program also sponsors an annual career development retreat for trainees in children’s environmental health in conjunction with the Academic Pediatric Association that is entering its 15th year. Fellows will be offered subsidized housing in Manhattan and a competitive stipend.
Interested individuals who have or will shortly have their doctorate should email a cover letter including a brief summary of research interests and experience as well as their curriculum vitae to:
Dr. Manish Arora, BDS, MPH, PhD, FICD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
One Gustave L. Levy Place, Box 1057
New York, NY 10029
- The ideal candidate will have extensive skills in LIBS and LA-ICP-MS and have completed doctoral training in analytical or environmental chemistry. Experience with other analytical chemistry techniques (e.g. IR, SIMS, MALDI, AFM, PIXE, XRM) is highly desirable. Projects will include development of novel analytical methods to identify known and emerging environmental contaminants and development of calibration standards for analysis of biological matrices using LIBS and LA-ICP-MS. Good time management and writing skills, and the ability to work effectively with other researchers are also required. This is a 1 year position that may be extended to 3 years contingent upon performance and availability of resources. No teaching is required during the appointment.