Employment Opportunities

The Mindich Child Health and Development Institute (MCHDI) focuses on translational research of diseases affecting infants, children, and adolescents. Our main areas of research include: allergy and asthma, cardiovascular disease, neurodevelopmental disorders, obesity and diabetes, and others. If you have the talent and experience we are seeking, we encourage you to browse the below opportunities and submit an application. We hope you will be joining our dynamic team of research faculty.

The laboratory of Silvia De Rubeis, PhD, at the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment in the Department of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, is seeking an ambitious, creative, and motivated postdoctoral fellow with expertise in neuroscience to study the mechanisms underlying intellectual disability (ID) and autism  spectrum disorder (ASD).

Dr. De Rubeis’ laboratory aims at translating emerging genetic findings from large-scale genomic studies into functional analyses in cellular and mouse models with the goal of understanding the pathogenic underpinnings of ID and ASD. The laboratory focuses on DDX3X syndrome, a rare genetic disorder associated with ID and ASD, using cellular and animal models. Our team currently includes two postdoctoral fellows, three research associates, and two undergraduate students.

Learn more about the De Rubeis Lab scientific interests and research.

Qualifications and Experience

Basic qualifications:

  • PhD, MD, MD/PhD in Neuroscience/Molecular Biology/Cellular Biology;
  • Demonstrated expertise in neuroscience;
  • Strong record of publications in peer-reviewed journals;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Ability to work in an international and interdisciplinary team.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with primary neuronal cultures;
  • Experience with mouse models;
  • Good understanding of genetics;
  • Familiarity with R and other statistical software.

What we offer

We offer a 2-year position, renewable up to 5 years, with a competitive salary and benefit package. The candidate will have the opportunity to:

  • Conduct cutting-edge research with a strong translational impact for neurodevelopmental disorders;
  • Integrate the neuroscience expertise with genetics and genomics skills and be involved in large-scale genomic studies;
  • Be an active participant in the vibrant and exciting research community of the Seaver Center and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai offers convenient housing options for postdoctoral fellows. Postdocs also receive support from a dedicated Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Learn more about postdoc services and resources.


The Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at the Mount Sinai Health System is a fully integrated translational research center dedicated to discovering the biological causes of autism and developing breakthrough treatments. Our mission is to bridge the gap between new discoveries at the basic science level and clinical care, by developing new and improved approaches to autism diagnosis and treatment. Our interdisciplinary patient-based research team includes psychiatrists, psychologists, a developmental pediatrician, neurologist, clinical geneticist, and trainees in medicine and psychology. The Seaver Autism Center is committed to serving individuals of all levels of functioning and takes a unique genetics-first approach to ASD research. The Seaver Center is one of the highest ranked autism research centers and Investigators at the Seaver Center have strong collaborations with the Departments of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Genetics and Genomic Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. We also collaborate with several other institutions, nationally and internationally.

Learn more about the Seaver Autism Center.

Learn more about the Department of Psychiatry.

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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.


Please send a cover letter detailing your research interests, CV, and three references (include contact information) to Dr. De Rubeis at silvia.derubeis@mssm.edu

A Research Assistant position is available for January 2017 in the Chu Lab at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. We use zebrafish to investigate the role of sugar metabolism in liver fibrosis and cancer metabolism.

Job Description / Essential duties:
Provide research assistance for a lab using both zebrafish and tissue culture. Genotype, screen, and maintain zebrafish lines. Maintain lab stock solutions and order reagents.

Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in Biology/Molecular biology or a related field and relevant research experience. Ideally, candidate has experience in standard molecular biology techniques, such as DNA cloning, PCR, tissue culture and microinjection. Individuals with zebrafish or tissue culture experience will be given priority, and candidates with relevant experience with other animal models are also encouraged to apply.

Skills and Abilities:
Hands-on experience in molecular biology; strong instrumentation skills.
High degree of independence, fast-learner, highly motivated, enthusiastic and strong work ethic.

Interested candidates should email their cover letter and CV to Dr. Jaime Chu at jaime.chu@mssm.edu 

Computational Genetics and Genomics of Autism and Epilepsy

Post-doctoral researcher to lead NIMH-funded project related to CNV/SNV/indel discovery in autism and epilepsy using exome and whole-genome sequencing (WGS) data generated in our Lab as part of our clinical genomics program (pintolab.mssm.edu/nddprogram), and further integrate with external data. Relevant findings will be followed-up in IPSC-derived neural progenitor cells. The position requires a quantitative background and/or extensive experience with genomic data analysis. Experience in molecular biology and functional validation of disease-associated variants, including cell culture, is a plus but not required. The selected applicant will work within a multidisciplinary team, and interact with clinical scientists, clinical research coordinators and database manager. This position requires demonstrated experience with UNIX, Python, and/or C/C++, and R, and expertise with exome or WGS data.

Interested candidates can send their CV, a short description of research interests and experience, and contact information for three references by email to dalila.pinto@mssm.edu. Application Deadline: New.

Computational Genetics and Genomics of Schizophrenia

Post-doctoral researcher to lead NIMH-funded project related to the generation and analysis of short-read and long-read RNAseq in brain samples. The position involves integrating non-coding and coding RNA from large scale data with prior genetic knowledge and epigenetic data, as well as quantifying isoforms, co-expression and network-based analyses and modeling to assess the role of non-coding RNA in gene regulatory networks. The selected applicant will work within a multidisciplinary team and participate in the PsychENCODE consortium (http://psychencode.org/). This position requires demonstrated experience with UNIX, Python, C/C++ and R, and expertise with RNAseq data.

Interested candidates can send their CV, a short description of research interests and experience, and contact information for three references by email to dalila.pinto@mssm.edu. Application Deadline: New.

For a listing of postdoc resources at Mt Sinai, consult our selection at https://pintolab.mssm.edu/contact.html.

For more info on open positions please visit: https://www.nature.com/naturejobs/science/jobs/648491-postdoctoral-positions-in-the-genomics-of-neuropsychiatric-disorders and  https://pintolab.mssm.edu/positions


Graduate students

Graduate student positions are frequently available. We accept rotation students from Mount Sinai PhD, MD-PhD, MD, & MS programs. Students interested in a rotation should contact Dr. Dalila Pinto (dalila.pinto@mssm.edu). The Graduate Student Handbook is available online.

We invite you to apply for a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in genetic epidemiology, statistical genetics or related fields with a focused interest in cardiometabolic traits and diseases.

By using genetics, this program aims to understand the biology that underlies the susceptibility to obesity and its links to related cardiometabolic traits. We study common, low frequency and rare variants [1] in an ancestrally diverse population of more than 33,000 individuals recruited throughout New York City through the Mount Sinai’s ongoing BioMe EMR-linked Biobank, [2] in the large-scale UK Biobank (n = 500,000), and [3] in a unique discordant-sibling family study.

In this position you are supervised directly by Ruth Loos, PhD. You have the opportunity to work with a large portfolio of data collections (including EMR-linked, population-based, discordant-family designs) with high-density genotyping data (including genome-wide arrays, ExomeChip, and deep-sequencing), to develop independent research projects, and to participate in large-scale international collaborations.

The ideal candidate has a PhD or equivalent doctorate, a strong background in genetic epidemiology, epidemiology, statistical genetics, bioinformatics, computational biology or a related discipline and has demonstrated scientific productivity. Applicants should have a strong computational background and  expertise with statistical genetic/bioinformatic software packages applied to large genomic data sets. S/he will be familiar with approaches to integrate biological information from a wide-range of (publicly available) data resources. Research experience in regulatory genomics and/or the genetics of obesity and cardiometabolic traits is a strong advantage.

You will be based at the main campus, which stretches from East 98th to 102nd Streets between Madison and Fifth Avenues on Manhattan's Upper East Side and Central Park.

Deadline: Ongoing

To apply, send your curriculum vitae and cover letter to Ruth Loos, PhD.

Learn more about the Postdoctoral Training Program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Incoming postdoctoral fellows are eligible for affordable Mount Sinai Housing within walking distance of the medical school and of a wide range of amenities.

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York is seeking a talented, self-motivated individual to participate in cutting edge research as a member of the Asthma and Allergy group at the Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology. The successful applicant will be part of an interdisciplinary team that applies computational analysis and bioinformatics to interpret multi-scale data generated from subjects with asthma and allergic diseases. Members of the team work closely with Dr. Supinda Bunyavanich and Dr. Eric Schadt

Deadline: TBA

Learn more about this position

To apply, please submit a letter of interest and CV to Dr. Supinda Bunyavanich at supinda.bunyavanich@mssm.edu.

The Seaver Autism Center is seeking researchers at the Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor levels who focus on patient-based research in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Up to three positions are available, with at least one position prioritized for a clinician-scientist (MD or clinical psychologist) who would help manage the clinical research program. Successful applicants will have a very competitive track record in publications, and, for more senior applicants, in federal funding. Generous startup packages are available. Applicants will be members of one or more relevant Departments and Institutes of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Deadline: Ongoing

If you are Interested in this position, send your CV, a three-page summary of future research plans, and contact information for three references to:

Joseph D. Buxbaum, PhD

Neurodevelopmental disorders are a common group of developmental disabilities affecting individuals of all ages. Understanding the causes and biological mechanisms underlying these disorders is crucial to improve the ability to diagnose and treat individuals.

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is looking for a postdoctoral researcher to assess the role of noncoding RNAs in gene regulatory networks underlying neurodevelopmental disorders. The position involves integrating noncoding and coding RNA expression data with prior genetic knowledge, as well as quantifying noncoding RNA isoforms, co-expression and network-based analyses and modeling. The candidate will use the latest next-generation sequencing technologies to analyze transcriptomes and identify long full-length noncoding RNA isoform variants.

We are seeking a motivated postdoctoral candidate with strong computational and analytical skills and an interest in applying computational and systems biology approaches. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in genomics, bioinformatics with a strong background in RNA biology and excellent quantitative skills. The selected applicant will work within a multidisciplinary team and be part of a recently funded NIMH PsychENCODE project. This position requires extensive experience with UNIX, Python, C/C++ and statistical environments such as R, and familiarity with large-scale GWAS and RNA-Seq data.

Deadline: TBA

Learn more about this position

To apply, please e-mail a CV, a brief description of research experience and interests, and contact information for 1-3 references to: 

Dalila Pinto, PhD