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Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Opportunities with Specific Investigators

The Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB) offers postdoctoral fellowships in molecular epidemiology, environmental and occupational epidemiology, and exposure assessment.

Molecular Epidemiology of Lung Cancer Associated with Indoor Air Pollution, Chemicals, and Particulates

The Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB) is seeking a postdoctoral fellow interested in working on environmental molecular epidemiological studies of indoor air pollution and lung cancer, and occupational molecular epidemiology studies of chemicals and particulates. This fellowship is under the mentorship of Qing Lan, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., and Nathaniel Rothman, M.D., M.P.H., M.H.S.

Candidates should possess a strong background in epidemiology and/or statistical analysis, as well as excellent writing skills. A background in environmental science, environmental health, or occupational health is important as well as a strong interest in the etiology of cancer arising from environmental and/or occupational exposures. We have ongoing studies of indoor air pollution, genetic susceptibility, and lung cancer, as well as studies evaluating the etiology of lung cancer in non-smoking women across Asia, where lung cancer rates are particularly elevated. We also have studies evaluating early biologic effects of known or suspected occupational hematopoietic carcinogens, with a particular focus on hematotoxicity, genotoxicity, genetic susceptibility, and emerging "omic" technologies. There are opportunities to work on existing projects as well as to develop new projects on environmental and occupational risk factors, especially for lung cancer and lymphohematopoietic malignancies, using cross-sectional, case-control, and prospective cohort study designs. For further information about this position, please contact Dr. Lan or Dr. Rothman.

See the Division Fellowship Information page for an overview, qualifications, and application details.

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Applying Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to Exposure Assessment in Environmental Epidemiology

The Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch is seeking a postdoctoral fellow interested in applying geospatial methods utilizing geographic information system (GIS) technology to the study of cancer etiology. In particular, the fellow will apply GIS when conducting exposure assessment of air and water pollutants for linkage to geocoded residential history information from case-control studies. In addition, GIS can be used in descriptive epidemiologic studies using census data and environmental monitoring databases to explore spatial patterns in cancer incidence. This fellowship is under the mentorship of Mary H. Ward, Ph.D.

In addition to strong quantitative skills, this position requires knowledge and experience using GIS technology with environmental data. A background in environmental science or environmental health is also desirable. For more details on these opportunities, please contact Dr. Ward.

See the Division Fellowship Information page for an overview, qualifications, and application details.

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Retrospective Occupational Exposure Assessment

The Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB) is seeking a postdoctoral fellow who is interested in improving occupational exposure assessment approaches in cancer epidemiology studies. The studies of occupation-related risk carried out by OEEB include retrospective assessment of historical exposures, utilizing industry and questionnaire-based evaluations in case-control and cohort studies, and on-site evaluation of exposures through air, dermal and biological monitoring. The OEEB studies are international in scope and cover a wide range of occupational exposures, such as pesticides, solvents, diesel exhaust, and benzene. This fellowship is under the mentorship of Melissa Friesen, Ph.D. 

This position requires a background in industrial hygiene or other exposure science and requires strong quantitative skills. The successful candidate must have an interest in applying exposure science methodology to chronic disease epidemiology. For more details on this opportunity, please contact Dr. Friesen.

See the Division Fellowship Information page for an overview, qualifications, and application details.

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Occupational, Environmental, and Molecular/Genetic Risk Factors for Kidney Cancer, Lymphomas and Other Malignancies

The Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB) is looking for a postdoctoral fellow interested in conducting epidemiologic research into occupational, environmental, and molecular/genetic risk factors for kidney cancer, lymphomas and other malignancies under the mentorship of Mark Purdue, Ph.D.

OEEB is conducting several molecular and genetic epidemiologic investigations to better understand the etiology of kidney cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. In addition, there are studies evaluating the carcinogenicity of chlorinated solvents, inorganic lead, and other occupational exposures. Many research opportunities are available using data and biospecimens from a rich collection of studies; these include two large case-control studies of kidney cancer, a retrospective cohort study of dry cleaning industry workers, prospective cohorts with banked biospecimens, and a genome-wide association study of kidney cancer. There are opportunities to work on existing projects and to develop new projects addressing these and other research topics.

Candidates should possess a strong background in epidemiology and/or statistical analysis skill, as well as excellent writing skills. A background in occupational and/or molecular epidemiology is important. For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Purdue.

See the Division Fellowship Information page for an overview, qualifications, and application details.

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Molecular Epidemiology of Pesticides and Other Agricultural Exposures and Cancer Risk

The Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB) is seeking a postdoctoral fellow with an interest in conducting epidemiologic research into occupational, environmental, and molecular/genetic risk factors for multiple myeloma, kidney cancer, and other malignancies, with a particular focus on agricultural exposures and cancer risk. This fellowship is under the mentorship of Jonathan Hofmann, Ph.D.

Dr. Hofmann is leading the study of Biomarkers of Exposure and Effect in Agriculture (BEEA), a molecular epidemiologic effort within the Agricultural Health Study cohort. Specifically, he is investigating the potential biological mechanisms through which pesticides and other agricultural exposures influence risk of various malignancies. In addition, Dr. Hofmann is also leading other molecular and genetic studies of the etiology of multiple myeloma and kidney cancer.

Potential fellows will have the opportunity to work on existing projects and to develop new projects addressing these and other research topics. In addition to research opportunities within the BEEA study, fellows would be able to conduct investigations using data and biospecimens from a rich collection of prospective cohorts and other studies.

Candidates should possess a doctoral degree in epidemiology or occupational/environmental health, and have a strong background in molecular epidemiology and statistical analysis, as well as excellent writing skills. For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Hofmann.

See the Division Fellowship Information page for an overview, qualifications, and application details.

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