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Research Training Opportunities in Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology


The Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB) conducts studies in the U.S. and abroad to identify and clarify causes of cancer, with a focus on occupational and environmental exposures. Our overall research philosophy is to (1) merge epidemiology, quantitative exposure assessment, and molecular epidemiology and genetic components into multi-disciplinary investigations to identify carcinogens, clarify exposure-response relationships, and enhance mechanistic understanding of carcinogenesis, (2) conduct methodologic investigations to develop and improve exposure assessment and other procedures, and (3) develop and maintain resources for occupational and environmental epidemiology and exposure assessment. Fellows work on studies that typically involve intensive collaboration among epidemiologists, experts in occupational and environmental exposure assessment, and molecular epidemiologists in OEEB and other DCEG branches. Senior staff assist fellows in preparing and publishing manuscripts in the peer-reviewed scientific literature and provide advice on career development. Fellows participate in all OEEB activities and are encouraged to present the results of their research at scientific meetings.

To discuss potential opportunities in your research area of interest, you may contact Branch investigators directly. Meet current fellows in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch.


Fellowships in OEEB are provided through the DCEG fellowship program. Qualifications for postdoctoral and predoctoral fellowships in DCEG are listed below. The Division Fellowship Information page also provides information on graduate partnerships with schools of public health and other special fellowship opportunities.

Postdoctoral fellowships: Individuals must hold an M.D. or Ph.D. in epidemiology or related field. Individuals with strong quantitative skills and training or experience in the fields of occupational or environmental epidemiology, occupational or environmental exposure assessment, industrial hygiene, genetics, molecular epidemiology, or bioinformatics are encouraged to apply.

Predoctoral fellowships: Individuals must be enrolled in a doctoral program with a desire to complete their dissertation in OEEB or have completed a master's degree in a field of relevance to OEEB.

Application Process

Postdoctoral and predoctoral fellowship applications in OEEB are accepted on an ongoing basis. See the Fellowship Information page for an overview, qualifications, and application details. Branch-specific opportunities are listed below.

Training Opportunities with Specific Investigators