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EPA Health Impacts of Wildfire Smoke Exposure Fellowship: North Carolina
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Date Posted 05/18/2022
Admin-Health and Medical Services
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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*Applications may be reviewed on a rolling-basis and this posting could close before the deadline. Click here for information about the selection process. EPA Office/Lab and Location: A research opportunity is available at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD), Center for Public Health Environmental Assessment (CPHEA), Public Health and Integrated Toxicology Division (PHITD) located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Research Project: The selected research participant will have the opportunity to collaborate with a team of EPA scientists on research efforts describing health effects of long term exposures. Health effects are characterized through hospitalizations, cognitive function, progression of diseases, birth outcomes, and prescription usage. This research group is interested in a range of environmental exposures including air pollution, wildfire smoke, water contaminants, and heavy metals. Research activities related to this project will involve characterization of spatial and temporal distribution of exposures, analysis of spatial and temporal associations between the outcome and the exposure, and performing health risk assessment. Methodological considerations will include addressing spatially and temporally varying confounding, characterizing direct, indirect, and spillover effects, and identifying the role of mediators. The participant will collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of investigators that are studying impacts of environmental exposures on human population well being and health. Research activities may include: - Implementing statistical models to assess health risks and interpretation of results - Developing spatial and temporal exposure surfaces - Assisting with the preparation of written documents, including documentation of analysis, data handling procedures, and statistical summaries of analytic results - Presenting at professional meetings - Preparation of manuscripts, presentations, and summaries of the data. Learning Objectives: The research participant will have the opportunity to learn a broad variety of skills related to statistical approaches to analysis of geospatial and temporal trends, managing and utilizing large datasets, managing and utilizing health data, formulating research questions, and preparing manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals. Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Ana G. Rappold (rappold.ana@epa.gov). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s). Anticipated Appointment Start Date: June 1, 2022. All start dates are flexible and vary depending on numerous factors. Click here for detailed information about start dates. Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year and may be renewed upon EPA recommendation and subject to availability of funding. Level of Participation: The appointment is part-time (20 hours per week). Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Click here for detailed information about full-time stipends. EPA Security Clearance: Completion of a successful background investigation by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required for an applicant to be on-boarded at EPA. ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and EPA. Participants do not become employees of EPA, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE. ORISE offers all ORISE EPA graduate students and Postdocs a free 5 year membership to the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA). The successful applicant(s) will be required to comply with Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) requirements of the hosting facility, including but not limited to, COVID-19 requirements (e.g. facial covering, physical distancing, testing, vaccination). Questions: Please see the FAQ section of our website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email ORISE.EPA.ORD@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.
The qualified candidate should have received both a bachelor's and master's degree and be currently pursuing a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields (e.g. Mathematics and Statistics, Computer Sciences, Epidemiology, Environmental Science Studies, Environmental Engineering (with subsequent course work), Geography (with subsequent course work)). Degree must have been received within the past five years. A minimum of 9 credit hours awarded for coursework in statistical and/or epidemiological methods is expected. Preferred skills/experience: - Efficiency in computer programming - Completed coursework and/or experience in applying statistical methods in analyzing data, particularly causal methods - Completed coursework and/or experience using geospatial methods - Completed coursework and/or experience in environmental or health risk assessment methods - Proficiency in R or Python language programming - Bayesian hierarchical methods, spatial models, time series, or machine learning approaches - Strong written, oral, and electronic communication skills
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