Post-Doc Trainee

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Chapel Hill, NORTH CAROLINA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 01 Dec 2022

Posting Information
Posting Details

Department Envir Sciences and Engineering - 463001
Posting Open Date 11/10/2022
Application Deadline 12/01/2022
Open Until Filled No
Position Type Postdoctoral Scholar
Position Title Post-Doc Trainee
Vacancy ID PDS003659
Full-time/Part-time Full-Time Temporary
Hours per week 40
Work Location Chapel Hill, NC
Position Location North Carolina, US
Hiring Range Dependent on Experience and/or Qualifications; NIH Stipend Levels for Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) 0 – 4 years of experience
Proposed Start Date 12/01/2022
Estimated Duration of Appointment 12 Months

Position Information

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The Department of Environment of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE) focuses on the interface between people and the environment with interdisciplinary programs in air quality, atmospheric processes, human exposure and health effects, and sustainable water resources, drawn from faculty expertise In the physical and life sciences engineering and policy. The Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE) is an academic and research department located in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and has 24 faculty, 29 joint and adjunct faculty, 14 administrative staff members, and 7 research staff members. It has about 120 graduate students. The mission of the Gillings School of Global Public Health is to improve public health, promote individual well-being, and eliminate health disparities across North Carolina and around the world.
Position Summary
The University of North Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Education and Research Center (NC OSHERC) is a NIOSH-funded Education and Research Center, located at the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. NC OSHERC Targeted Research Training (TRT) Program has an opening for a post-doctoral fellowship position for an individual interested in pursuing advanced research training in occupational health and safety, with a special focus on inhalation and skin exposures, biomarker discoveries and analyses, gene-environment interactions, computational toxicology, and pharmacokinetic/toxicokinetic modelling. This is a full-time position for a maximum of two years.
The post-doctoral candidate is expected to be familiar with conducting computational toxicology, pharmacokinetic/toxicodynamic/transport modelling, and gene-environment interaction studies. Prior training and experience in the use of R or Python are required. Experience in experimental human and/or animal studies as well as -omics (exposomics, metabolomics, and/or proteomics) is not required but would also be beneficial.
Training will be interdisciplinary and focused on the trainee’s specific needs, including mentored research experience under senior researchers in interdisciplinary research and participation in seminars. Duties include data collection and analysis, publishing in the peer-reviewed literature, participating in seminars and workgroups, and collaborating on research grant applications. Training may also include didactic coursework, depending on training goals and needs. Opportunities for teaching may also be available.
Post-doctoral fellow will have the opportunity to conduct occupational health and safety research in close collaboration with the NC OSHECR faculty at UNC-CH, Duke University, and North Carolina State University. This Fellowship also offers an opportunity to work with researchers, public health practitioners, and clinicians across disciplines, as well as to become involved with existing collaborations with community groups, non-profit organizations, employers, and professionals. This broad network provides a rich, dynamic environment for trainees and substantial opportunities for research.
The potential fellow must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident due to the restriction of the funding mechanism by NIOSH/CDC. A candidate who recently earned a PhD in exposure science/occupational health, analytical chemistry, bioinformatics, genetics or other related fields and is interested in cross-disciplinary training and research experience in exposure science, computational toxicology, genetics, gene-environment interactions, prevention and control of occupational exposures is encouraged to apply.
Candidates from underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply for this position. Potential applicants are encouraged to view the NC OSHERC website ( and contact Dr. Leena Nylander-French for further information.
The annual salary is set according to the experience of the candidate. The position is contingent upon funding.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Applicants must have a doctoral degree in exposure science, industrial hygiene, toxicology, epidemiology, safety research, ergonomics, kinesiology, behavioral science, medicine, or a related field.
Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Candidates must also have less than five years of post-doctorate experience, a demonstrated record of individual initiative in research, strong analytic skills, and the potential to become an independent academic researcher within two to three years.
Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Candidates from underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.
Special Physical/Mental Requirements
Special Instructions
For information on UNC Postdoctoral Benefits and Services click here .
nclusive Excellence is a core value at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. We expect our faculty and staff to actively contribute to fostering an academic workplace climate that is welcoming and supportive for all. Please indicate in your cover letter how you might contribute to an inclusive climate at Gillings.
Applications must include a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, including a concise description of proposed research under the fellowship, and names of three references.
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Department Contact Name and Title Leena A. Nylander-French, Professor
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Equal Opportunity Employer Statement
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

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