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Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Opportunities with Specific Investigators

Training opportunity in environmental and occupational molecular cancer epidemiology

The Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the National Cancer Institute is a leading institute in cancer research. We are looking for 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. Candidates should possess a strong background in epidemiology and/or statistical analysis skill, 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 studying the etiology of cancer 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 for cancer, especially lung cancer and lymphohematopoietic malignancies, using cross-sectional, case-control, and prospective cohort study designs. For further information about this position, please contact: Qing Lan, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., or Nathaniel Rothman, M.D., M.P.H., M.H.S.

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Applications of GIS for exposure assessment in environmental epidemiology

The Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch is looking for a postdoctoral fellow interested in applying geospatial methods utilizing geographic information system (GIS) technology to the study of cancer etiology. Research opportunities exist to use GIS for exposure assessment of air and water pollutants for linkage to geocoded residential history information from case-control studies of cancer. Additional opportunities exist for conducting descriptive epidemiologic studies using census data and environmental monitoring databases to explore spatial patterns in cancer incidence. 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 Mary H. Ward, Ph.D.

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Training in retrospective occupational exposure assessment

The Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB) is looking for postdoctoral fellows who are 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, through 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. These positions require 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 Melissa Friesen, Ph.D.

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Training in genetic and molecular epidemiology

Dr. Sonja Berndt is looking for a postdoctoral fellow with a strong background in genetic or molecular epidemiology.  Candidates with an interest in exploring the genetic or molecular architecture of complex diseases, conducting downstream analyses or with an interest in developing new methods are encouraged to apply.  Candidates should possess a strong background in epidemiology and/or genetics and have a working knowledge of appropriate statistical methods.

The Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the National Cancer Institute is a leading institute in cancer research. The primary focus of our group is to investigate the etiology of prostate cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). We have ongoing genome-wide association studies (GWAS) of both prostate cancer and NHL with several follow-up studies planned. We also have molecular and questionnaire-based projects related to colorectal cancer and collaborate with the GIANT consortium to investigate the genetics of anthropometric traits, especially obesity, which an important risk factor for many cancers. There are opportunities to work on existing projects as well develop new projects in areas such as epigenetics and statistical methods for genetics. Opportunities also exist to conduct research on molecular markers related to environmental and occupational risk factors for cancer or to explore early biomarkers of disease, particularly for prostate cancer and NHL.  For further information about this position, please contact: Sonja Berndt, Pharm.D., Ph.D.

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