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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.

Environmental Epidemiology - Postdoctoral Fellowship

Rena Jones, Ph.D., M.S., a tenure-track investigator in the DCEG Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch, is seeking a postdoctoral fellow with an interest in studying environmental risk factors for cancer and in developing and applying novel methods to assess exposures. Dr. Jones is leading multiple etiologic investigations of outdoor air pollution, drinking water contaminants, pesticides, and other environmental exposures in relation to cancer risk. The potential fellow will work on existing collaborative studies of cancer etiology with experts in cancer epidemiology, geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analysis, and environmental exposure assessment. The fellow 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. In addition, the fellow will have the ability to work with other investigators in DCEG to gain experience in different areas of research. Dr. Jones is looking for a postdoctoral fellow with a broad interest in this area of research; specific projects can be tailored to the individual's particular substantive interests.

Qualifications: Candidates should possess a doctoral degree in epidemiology, environmental health, or exposure science. In addition to strong quantitative and writing skills, familiarity with the applications of GIS technology to environmental and health data is preferred.

For more information about this position contact Dr. Rena Jones.

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

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.