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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 and Occupational and Environmental Health - Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB) of the NCI is seeking postdoctoral fellows interested in working on environmental molecular epidemiological studies of indoor and outdoor air pollution and lung cancer; environmental and occupational molecular epidemiology studies of chemicals and particulates; and nested case-control studies of molecular biomarkers and lung cancer within prospective cohorts. These fellowships are under the mentorship of Qing Lan, M.D., Ph.D.

Qualifications: 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, occupational health, toxicology and/or analysis of data from 'omics platforms is helpful. 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.

In addition, we use a wide variety of 'omics technologies and exposomic approaches in our studies including metabolomics, gene expression, miRNA, the microbiome, methylation, genome-wide association studies (GWAS), and next-generation sequencing. 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, using cross-sectional, case-control, and prospective cohort study designs.

For further information about these positions, please contact Dr. Lan (email: further information about these positions, please contact Dr. Lan

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

Molecular Pathology Studies in Exposed Populations - Postdoctoral Fellowship

Stella Koutros, Ph.D., M.P.H., in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB), is seeking to recruit a postdoctoral fellow with an interest in conducting integrative molecular pathology studies in populations with a detailed history of environmental and occupational exposures. Dr. Koutros is conducting several investigations characterizing the genomic landscape of urologic cancers (prostate/bladder) in large epidemiologic studies. Many opportunities exist to incorporate these data with detailed risk factors, special exposures and germline genetic susceptibility to conduct integrative studies on etiology, disease heterogeneity and mechanisms for cancer. Access is available to core genomics facilities and high-performance computing clusters to develop new projects using large existing data sets. In addition, the candidate will have access to a large variety of career development training, including grant writing.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a doctoral degree or be enrolled in a graduate degree program in epidemiology or related field (cancer biology, genomics, related biomedical sciences).  Experience with research on tumors in observational studies or population genetics is desirable, but not required.  Individuals with training in epidemiologic methods and statistics, strong quantitative skills, and excellent writing skills are encouraged to apply.

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Stella Koutros.

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