Epidemiologist -- Posted July 9, 2015

Epidemiologist: Evaluation of human health effects associated with chemical exposures and development of improved risk assessment methods 

NATIONAL CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

Brief description of Research Project: NCEA is responsible for scientific assessment activities related to the health effects of chemical pollutants in the IRIS (Integrated Risk Information System) program, as well as in the development of Integrated Science Assessments for the major air pollutants. These assessments provide key scientific support for EPA policy and regulatory decisions. Assessment activities typically have significant implications for national and international environmental policy development and implementation. This project will involve the evaluation, analysis, and integration of epidemiologic study findings or data to inform EPA’s health assessments developed within the Integrated Risk Information System (see www.epa.gov/iris). Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with EPA scientists on cross-cutting scientific issues relevant to the development of human health assessments and participate in the development of improved health risk assessment methods. The participant will have opportunities to conduct qualitative and quantitative analyses, working with scientific staff in NCEA and potentially scientists from other EPA Labs, Centers or Offices, in the evaluation of epidemiologic evidence. Projects may include:

•Reviewing and analyzing epidemiologic data to conduct qualitative and quantitative analyses on health effects related to exposures to environmental chemicals.

•Developing analyses into logical, credible health assessment documents for NCEA that reflect current scientific principles and current practices in systematic review. Daily activities may involve evaluation of study quality for epidemiologic studies, identification of critical studies and effects for use in human health assessment, summary and extraction of epidemiologic study information, and evaluation of exposure-response relationships from epidemiologic data. The participants may learn how to synthesize and communicate various kinds of scientific information in health assessment.

•Identifying and researching cross-cutting scientific issues that arise in EPA health assessment, such as application of quantitative methodologies for deriving Agency toxicity values based on human data, and methods for systematic review of epidemiology literature.

•Devising scientific approaches for the NCEA’s health assessment process, and interacting with EPA scientists to improve risk assessment methodologies. There is the potential for more than one selection to be made from this postdoctoral position announcement.

 Geographical location of position: Research Triangle Park, NC; Arlington, VA

High priority research areas: Human Health Risk Assessment

Scientific project area: IRIS Assessments, IRIS Scientific and Technical Support, Advancing and Transforming Risk Assessment Methods

Educational requirements: PhD in epidemiology or a closely related scientific discipline.

Specialized training and/or experience preferred: Epidemiologic analysis; quantitative epidemiological experience; modeling of human health exposure data; biostatistics; systematic review methods.

Projected duration of appointment: 3 years

Paid relocation to EPA work location: Yes

Application Period Open Date: June 15, 2015

Application Period Close Date: July 20, 2015

Scientific contact/Principal Investigator(s): Susan Rieth, Rieth.Susan@epa.gov, 703-347-8582

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