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EPA Office/Lab and Location: A postdoctoral research opportunity is available at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD), Center for Public Health Environmental Assessment (CPHEA), Public Health and Integrated Toxicology Division (PHITD) located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Research Project: A research opportunity is currently available for an independent and self-motivated researcher to participate in innovative and interdisciplinary projects focused on various aspects of environmental exposures and their impact on public health and wellbeing. The research participant will be involved in statistical analyses of health events and environmental data in clinical and epidemiological studies, as well as development of innovative approaches to characterize environmental exposures at the population level. The research will be conducted at the US Environmental Protection Agency, Clinical Research Branch which is devoted to a working understanding of the link between environmental exposures and disease as well as the underlying molecular mechanisms that may mediate exposure-related effects and/or increase exposure susceptibility, and innovative approaches that reduce these risks.
The research projects involved in this opportunity speak directly to the key need to develop bio-markers of environmental sensitivity which can identify individuals at increased risk from environmental exposures, to better advance our ability to assess exposures to pollutants such as wildfire smoke, and to use unique data – such as data collected from mobile applications – or 3D imaging to better assess environmental health risks. Environmental exposures are often determined using large databases, model predictions, remote sensing data or similar methods. The research participant will have the opportunity to engage with utilization of large datasets. This research opportunity presents a unique opportunity for the participant to gain experience collaborating with researchers at the leading edge of the fields that will drive the future of environmental health for years to come.
Learning Objectives: The research participant will have the opportunity to be part of a multidisciplinary team of investigators that are developing community-based indicators of vulnerability to a changing environment. Research activities may include:
• Conducting data analysis, documenting statistical code and interpretation of results.
• Conducting and documenting quality assurance and review of data analysis and databases.
• Preparing reports, presentations and summaries of the data.
• Presenting results at at professional meetings.
• Publication of results.
Mentor(s): The mentors for this opportunity are Dr. Ana Rappold (firstname.lastname@example.org) and James Samet (email@example.com). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Fall/Winter 2021. All start dates are flexible and vary depending on numerous factors. Click here for detailed information about start dates.
Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year and may be renewed up to three or four additional years upon EPA recommendation and subject to availability of funding.
Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.
Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Click here for detailed information about full-time stipends.
EPA Security Clearance: Completion of a successful background investigation by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required for an applicant to be on-boarded at EPA.
ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and EPA. Participants do not become employees of EPA, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.
Questions: Please see the FAQ section of our website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email ORISE.EPA.ORD@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.