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- The Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has an opening for a postdoctoral fellow to undertake environmental epidemiologic research with opportunities in multiple cohort studies. Our research program addresses the range and biologic effects of multiple exposures using quantitative epidemiology and advanced statistical approaches. The Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health has more than $40,000,000 per year in extramural funding. It is home to the newly established Institute for Exposomic Research, specifically directed toward novel research in the entire range of environmental exposures both internal and external. The Department has extensive research resources in phenotyping, exposure science and data analysis and operates in a highly interactive and supportive environment for junior investigators to develop their careers.
Applicants will have opportunities to work on NIH funded projects involving epidemiologic, genetics/epigenetics, complex mixtures, and molecular biomarkers in several large, ongoing longitudinal cohort studies. For example, we host the Programing Research in Obesity, GRowth, Environment, and Social Stressor cohort of mothers and children based in Mexico City. With over 10 years of follow-up, this study has a rich biospecimen repository, social stress data, and clinical assessments of brain development, obesity, respiratory and renal health as well as pubertal development, all available for cutting-edge hypothesis testing and team collaborations. There are opportunities to work on other existing projects as well, such as ECHO, incorporating high-dimensional assay data and to develop new projects with a focus on children’s health. Mount Sinai also hosts the World Trade Center (WTC) Responders Cohort Data Center and the largest patient population of WTC responders so research in adults is also available.
The ideal candidate will have a doctoral degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, or related field with a strong interest in multidisciplinary research, and academic career development. Programing proficiency in SAS or other languages such as R is required. The post-doc will be expected to write at least 2 scientific papers per year, participate in departmental and institutional seminars, attend research conferences, and develop their own research grant proposal. Postdoctoral fellows may audit coursework for training in new areas, will be given funding for outside courses (e.g. Gordon Conferences) and also have opportunities for teaching in the Master of Public Health program. The Department of Environmental Medicine, which currently includes more than 20 postdoctoral fellows, has an NIEHS P30 core center with a pilot grant program to which fellows are eligible to apply, and a formal mentoring and career development program in conjunction with an NICHD funded T32 training grant. We also host the NIEHS funded Human Health Environmental Assessment Resource (HHEAR) data center that develops new methods for analyzing complex chemical mixtures and 2 HHEAR lab hubs for analyzing targeted and untargeted chemical analyses. This national network promotes inter-institutional collaboration. Mount Sinai also has a state of the art program in geospatial modeling, including satellite remote sensing, and a highly successful grant writing program that includes a mock study section and courses.
Our department is located across from Central Park in New York City in the Icahn School of Medicine, and is affiliated with the Mount Sinai Health System, the largest health care provider in New York. Postdoctoral fellows constitute a central component of the School’s research organization and are meaningfully integrated within the institution to facilitate scientific growth and professional development. More than 600 fellows are supported by an office of postdoctoral affairs and an office of career services. Fellows are 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 summary of research interests and experience as well as their curriculum vitae to: Robert O. Wright, MD MPH Email: firstname.lastname@example.org