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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.

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Genetic Epidemiology - Postdoctoral Fellowship

Sonja Berndt, Pharm.D., Ph.D., 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 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 Dr. Sonja Berndt.

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

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Molecular Epidemiology of Lung Cancer in Non-Smokers Associated with Indoor Air Pollution, Chemicals, and Particulates / Molecular Epidemiology of Lymphoma and Leukemia Associated with Occupational and Environmental Chemicals – Postdoctoral Fellowships

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

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 lung cancer, lymphoma, and leukemia, using cross-sectional, case-control, and prospective cohort study designs. For further information about these positions, please contact Dr. Lan or Dr. Rothman.

Qualifications: Epidemiology candidates should possess a strong background in epidemiology and statistical analysis, a background in environmental science, environmental health, or occupational health, and excellent writing skills. Bioinformatician candidates should have a background in bioinformatics and/or statistics and experience analyzing data from metabolomic, transcriptomic, epigenetic, microbiome, GWAS, and/or other relevant platforms. An interest in the etiology of cancer arising from environmental and/or occupational exposures is required as well.

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 - Postdoctoral Fellowship

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.

Qualifications: 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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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 detailed history of environmental and occupational. Dr. Koutros is conducting several investigations characterizing the genomic landscape of urologic cancers in large epidemiologic studies. Many opportunities exist to incorporate these data with detailed risk factors, special exposures and germline genetic susceptibility to conducted 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 in large existing data sets. In addition, candidate will have access to 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.

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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 Dr. Beane Freeman.

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

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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 Dr. Mark Purdue.

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

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