Postdoctoral Opportunity in interrelationships between chemical and non-chemical stressors

Organization: ORISE
Location (City, State, Country): Research Triangle Park, NC, USA

A postgraduate research opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development/National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL). The appointment will be served with the Systems Exposure Division (SED) in Research Triangle Park, NC.

This project will pursue research related to the interrelationships between chemical and non-chemical stressors from the built, natural, and social environments and childhood health and well-being.

In collaboration with the mentor, the participant's research may include the following activities:

  • Develop a research proposal
  • Complete a literature review to identify chemical and non-chemical stressors from one sector of a child's total environment
  • Mine the results of the literature review to create a database and conduct statistical analyses of the data to understand the relationship(s) between chemical and non-chemical stressors
  • Draft a manuscript on the results of the statistical analyses
  • Outline how these stressors (both chemical and non-chemical) could be incorporated into the conceptual framework that describes children's health and well-being
  • Describe which stressors are found together
  • Describe which stressors may be more likely to adversely impact children's health and which stressors may have protective parameters
  • Draft a manuscript tying the stressor information together

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and EPA.

The appointment is full time for one year and may be renewed upon recommendation of EPA and contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend. Funding may be made available to reimburse the participant’s travel expenses to present the results of his/her research at scientific conferences. No funding will be made available to cover travel costs for pre-appointment visits, relocation costs, tuition and fees, or participant’s health insurance. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. The participant does not become an EPA employee.

The mentor for this project is Nicolle Tulve The desired start date is November 1, 2017.

To apply for this opportunity, go to:

CONTACT: Nicolle Tulve,

DEADLINE: Friday, September 15, 2017