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Postdoctoral Scholar in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (Environmental Epi & Climate and Health)

Position Overview

School / Campus / College: School of Public Health

Organization: Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (Environmental Epi & Climate and Health)

Position Details

Position Description

Position Summary:

The Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS) at the University of Washington (UW) School of Public Health seeks an outstanding Postdoctoral Scholar to assist in a range of environmental epidemiology and climate and health projects. These projects include evaluating the relationship between wildfire-related air pollution, wildfire disasters, related power outages and health. They also encompass linkage of 1940 birth locations with social and environmental stressors and late-life cognitive decline and dementia. All projects include evaluations of environmental justice.

This work will require a range of quantitative skills and provide the opportunity to gain experience working with large longitudinal datasets (including electronic health record data), conducting spatial analyses, and writing manuscripts. There will be opportunities to build out additional projects using the available datasets.

The effort will require an outstanding candidate who has experience using R Statistical Software, can assemble and clean datasets, link spatial datasets over time, produce maps and other publication-quality figures, conduct descriptive analyses with spatial and longitudinal data, uses (or wishes to learn) Github for version control and to promote reproducibility, complete literature searches and assist in manuscript writing. Experience using causal inference methods is preferable. The successful candidate will apply their skills in a team-oriented environment. A critical thinker who enjoys working on a range of topics as part of a team will fit well.

The successful candidate will receive an academic appointment as a Postdoctoral Scholar. The position is intended to extend professional training for a candidate who recently received a terminal Ph.D. degree or foreign equivalent. Opportunities for continued training are available. The position will work directly with Dr. Joan Casey of DEOHS, with regular and direct conversations with other faculty and staff.

The position is based at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Working in-person in Seattle is preferred, though a fully remote appointment could be considered. Periodic travel within Washington State and around the U.S. to carry out research and participate in meetings will be required. The position is for one year, with reappointment to a second year contingent upon satisfactory performance. The desired start date is Spring or Summer 2023.

Salary: The salary range for this position is $5,833 - $6,667 per month ($70,000 - $80,000 per year).

Postdoctoral scholars are represented by UAW 4121 and are subject to the collective bargaining agreement, unless agreed exclusion criteria apply. For more information, please visit the University of Washington Labor Relations website.

The UW School of Public Health is committed to a diverse academic community. We view diversity, equity and inclusion as essential to our mission, and we welcome applications from faculty who have demonstrated research, training and service experience in this area. For more information, please see the following website:


Required Qualifications:

  • PhD or foreign equivalent in Environmental Health Sciences, Geography, Biostatistics, Biology, Engineering, Epidemiology, Demography, Computer Science, or related field.
  • Experience in the programming language R is required.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Persons with a strong background and interest in spatial statistics, survival analyses, air pollution epidemiology, and causal inference are encouraged to apply. 
  • Experience using causal inference methods is preferable.
  • The successful candidate will apply their skills in a team-oriented environment.
  • A critical thinker who enjoys working on a range of topics as part of a team.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in interdisciplinary research.


To Apply:

Submit your application via Interfolio: ,including:

  • A one-page cover letter highlighting how your past experience and future career goals align with this position.
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information for three (3) references.

Applications submitted by February 28, 2023 will receive priority consideration. For questions about this position, please contact Dr. Joan Casey (

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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