Postdoctoral Research Scholar

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Vacancy TypePost DocIs Internal Transfer OnlyNoTime-Limited Appointment LengthNoIf Yes, Appointment LengthWorking TitlePostdoctoral Research ScholarAnticipated Hiring Range$50,000-$60,000Position Number00107488Work ScheduleM-F 40 hours a week. Some international travel required.Full Time Equivalent (FTE)1.0Department172201 - Biological SciencesDepartment 172201 - Biological SciencesJob City & StateRaleigh, NCEssential Job Duties

This postdoctoral research scholar will conduct epidemiologic analyses of the impact of pesticide exposure on health outcomes as part of an ongoing research project. The position will be funded for 36 months.

The ISA study is a prospective birth cohort of women and their children living in the banana growing region of Costa Rica. Individuals in this area are exposed to multiple pesticides in the environment including mancozeb, chlorpyrifos, and pyrethroids. We have assessed exposure using biological markers as well as air samples. Information has been collected on respiratory outcomes and obesity in both mothers and children as well as neurobehavioral outcomes in the children. Due to the complex exposure environment and the short half life of urinary biomarkers, statistical methods are being developed to create appropriate exposure metrics. Data collection is ongoing and the previously collected data are clean and available for analysis. The study team includes researchers at NC State as well as in Costa Rica.
The postdoctoral fellow will conduct epidemiologic analyses of the pesticide exposure and human health, with primary focus on maternal outcomes. The fellow will prepare manuscripts for publication and present findings at scientific meetings. Statistical analyses will involve analyses of chemical mixtures as well as repeated measures analysis working in conjunction with Statistics faculty. The fellow will be part of an active research team and will participate in data collection and community report back as appropriate. Opportunity exists to develop new research ideas using stored biological specimens or additional data collection.

Other Work/Responsibilities

This position’s work location is primarily on the Centennial Campus.
Occasional travel to Costa Rica for field visits and study meetings.

Minimum Experience/Education

Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g., M.D., D.V.M., Sc.D.) in appropriate field awarded no more than five (5) years from initial date of postdoctoral appointment.

Departmental Required Skills

Doctorate in Environmental Epidemiology or similar training
Statistical analysis including linear and logistic regression as well as multilevel modeling for analysis of mixtures and repeated measures. Experience with SAS or R.
Strong written and oral communication skills.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

Data management experience
Training with regard to data security protections.
Spanish speaking.
Experience with human subjects research (CITI training or similar).
Training in environmental exposure assessment
Experience with pesticides
Experience with analysis of BMI or obesity data.

Required License or Certification


Special Instructions

Applicants should be prepared with a Resume/CV, Cover Letter, Contact Information for 3 Professional References, and a Short Writing Sample. The writing sample should be an example of scientific writing, and could include a part of the applicant’s thesis.

Job Open Date03/18/2019Must Be Open Until

Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.04/01/2019Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?NoProposed Hire Date06/03/2019AA/EOE

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

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Supplemental Question

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
    • NCSU Website
    • NCSU Executive Search Services
    • Other Online Job Board
    • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
    • Job / Career Fair
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Professional Journal
    • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
    • Professional Organization
    • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
    • NCSU Employee Referral
    • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
    • Other
  2. If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have a doctorate in Environmental Epidemiology?

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Do you have experience in analysis of chemical mixture data? Please detail this experience.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * What is your experience with environmental exposure assessment? Please provide information on the exposures assessed and the tools used.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Do you have experience in the analysis of repeated measures data? Please provide details.

    (Open Ended Question)

Application Materials RequiredRequired Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Contact Information for References
  4. Short Writing Sample
Optional Documents




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    Posted: 4/20/2019
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