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Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Opportunities with Specific Investigators

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

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Occupational and Molecular Cancer Epidemiology - Postdoctoral Fellowship
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Genetic Epidemiology
Molecular Epidemiology and Occupational and Environmental Health
Environmental Epidemiology – Postdoctoral Fellowship
Molecular Epidemiology of Pesticides and Other Agricultural Exposures and Cancer Risk
Occupational and Agricultural Exposures – Postdoctoral Fellowship

Occupational and Molecular Cancer Epidemiology - Postdoctoral Fellowship

Mark Purdue, Ph.D., in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch is seeking to recruit a postdoctoral fellow with an interest in conducting epidemiologic research into occupational, environmental, and molecular/genetic risk factors for kidney cancer, lymphomas and other malignancies.

Dr. Purdue is conducting several molecular and genetic epidemiologic investigations to better understand the etiology of kidney cancer and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He is also leading studies evaluating the carcinogenicity of chlorinated solvents, perfluorinated chemicals 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, 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.

Qualifications: 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 Mark Purdue, Ph.D.

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

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Genetic Epidemiology

Dr. Sonja Berndt in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB) is recruiting a postdoctoral fellow with a strong background in genetic epidemiology, biostatistics, or bioinformatics. Candidates with an interest in exploring the genetic architecture of complex diseases through genome-wide association studies (GWAS) and next-generation sequencing, analyzing large datasets, conducting bioinformatic analyses, or with an interest in developing new methods for genetic data are encouraged to apply.

The NCI Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics is a leading institute in cancer research. The primary focus of our research group is to investigate the genetic etiology of prostate cancer and lymphoid malignancies as well as anthropometric traits. We have ongoing GWAS and sequencing projects in prostate cancer and lymphoid malignancies, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), and we collaborate with the GIANT consortium to investigate the genetics of anthropometric traits, including obesity, which is an important risk factor for many cancers. There are opportunities to work on existing GWAS and sequencing projects as well as to develop new projects in areas such as sequencing, transcriptomics, and statistical methods for genetic association studies. A wealth of data is available for analysis. Opportunities also exist to conduct research on the genetic underpinning of molecular markers or to explore gene-environment interactions with environmental and occupational risk factors.

Qualifications: Candidates should possess a strong background in genetic epidemiology and/or biostatistics or bioinformatics, be able to perform parallel computing, and have a working knowledge of statistical methods for genetic association studies.

For more information about this position, please contact Sonja Berndt, Pharm.D., Ph.D.

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

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Molecular Epidemiology and Occupational and Environmental Health - Predoctoral or Postdoctoral Fellow Positions

The Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB) of the NCI is seeking predoctoral or postdoctoral fellows interested in working on environmental molecular epidemiological studies of indoor and outdoor air pollution and lung cancer; occupational molecular epidemiology studies of chemicals and particulates; and studies of occupational and environmental exposures and risk of lymphoma and leukemia. 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, 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. We also have studies evaluating early biologic effects of known or suspected occupational hematopoietic carcinogens, with a particular focus on hematotoxicity, genotoxicity, and genetic susceptibility. In addition, we use a wide variety of omic technologies and exposomic approaches in our studies including metabolomics, gene expression, miRNA, microbiomics, 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 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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Environmental Epidemiology - Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch is seeking a postdoctoral fellow interested in studying environmental risk factors for cancer, including industrial, agricultural, and other chemical contaminants. This fellowship is under the mentorship of Mary H. Ward, Ph.D., and Rena R. Jones, Ph.D., M.S.

Drs. Ward and Jones are leading multiple cancer investigations of outdoor air pollution, drinking water contaminants, pesticides, and other agricultural and industrial exposures in relation to cancer risk. Many of these studies include Geographic Information Systems (GIS) -based exposure assessments and linkages of regulatory and other environmental monitoring data or modelled environmental contaminants to geocoded residential history data. Potential fellows will work on existing collaborative studies of cancer etiology with experts in cancer epidemiology, GIS, and environmental exposure assessment. They will also have opportunities to develop new projects addressing these and other environmental research topics with data from multiple cohorts, case-control, and other studies.

Candidates should possess a doctoral degree in epidemiology, environmental health, or environmental exposure assessment. In addition to strong quantitative and writing skills, this position requires familiarity with the applications of GIS technology to environmental and health data. A background in environmental sciences is also desirable, but not required. For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Ward or Dr. Jones.

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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Occupational and Agricultural Exposures - Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB) is seeking a postdoctoral fellow with an interest in conducting epidemiologic research into agricultural exposures, including pesticides and cancer risk. This fellowship is under the mentorship of Laura Beane Freeman, Ph.D.

Dr. Beane Freeman is the principal investigator of the Agricultural Health Study (AHS) cohort, and is leading investigations of occupational and environmental pesticide exposure, as well as other exposures found in the agricultural environment.  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 AHS, fellows would have the opportunity to conduct investigations using data and biospecimens from a number of other studies.

Qualifications:  Candidates should possess a doctoral degree in epidemiology, and have a strong background in occupational or environmental epidemiology and quantitative methods, as well as excellent writing skills.  Experience with research on pesticides is desirable, but not required. For more information about this position, please contact Laura Beane Freeman, Ph.D.

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

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