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Postdoctoral Scholar in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences


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School / Campus / College: School of Public Health

Organization: Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar in Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences


Position Details


Position Description

The Institute for Risk Analysis and Risk Communication (IRARC) in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, housed in the School of Public Health at the University of Washington, is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar to assist in a suite of risk analysis and public health projects. Preferred start date is Winter 2022. The position will be available for 1-2 years, and will be located in Seattle, WA. 

IRARC is committed to improving health outcomes through sound science that is translated into effective public health practices and policies using risk analysis and management. The Postdoctoral Scholar will initially work on two current projects: Strategies to Prevent Spillover (STOP Spillover) and Ocean Litter. STOP Spillover is a USAID-funded project led by Tufts University that features a global consortium of experts in human, animal, and environmental health. IRARC Director, Dr. Elaine Faustman, leads the consortium’s Risk Analysis and Communication (RAC) hub. Working with consortium partners and priority country stakeholders, IRARC is working to develop, implement, and manage an integrated risk analysis and risk management training program to strengthen country capacity to understand, monitor, and analyze risk of viral spillover, amplification, and spread, among other activities. The Ocean Litter project is funded by the Nippon Foundation and IRARC is leading the assessment of human health and well-being implications from ocean litter. The objective is to further our understanding of the impacts and identify solutions and pathways necessary to mitigate their negative impacts.  

This work will require a range of quantitative and qualitative skills and provide an opportunity to develop interdisciplinary collaborations. An outstanding candidate will work to conduct systematic literature reviews, articulate sampling strategies and frame them in a risk context, develop, refine, and deliver training modules, refine surveys, analyze quantitative and qualitative data, and translate research to diverse audiences. The Postdoctoral scholar will develop and integrate data analysis plans by incorporating relevant frameworks and methodologies for robust analyses. Risk assessments, data gap analysis, and policy analysis will be important components. With limited oversight, the successful candidate will need to coordinate research with internal and external partners. This effort requires good communication skills and the ability to create figures and presentations for public speaking at trainings, seminars, symposia, and conferences.

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 Postdoctoral scholar will work directly with Dr. Elaine Faustman in DEOHS at IRARC, with regular and direct interactions with other faculty, staff, students, and key stakeholders across disciplines.

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.

Commitment to Diversity

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: http://sph.washington.edu/diversity/.

The work of equity, diversity and inclusion is the work of Public Health. We are committed to a future that is free of health inequities, that promotes the highest level of wellness for the communities we serve, and a diverse and inclusive public health workforce that embodies humility, respect, leadership and service on behalf of, and with, the diverse communities we are privileged to serve. For more information, please see the following website: http://sph.washington.edu/diversity/.

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint. Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (https://www.washington.edu/admin/rules/policies/FCG/FCCH24.html#2432).

Qualifications

  • PhD or foreign or foreign equivalent in public health (e.g. environmental or occupational health sciences, epidemiology), sociology, anthropology, or another relevant field
  • Strong analytical skills (quantitative and qualitative) with experience integrating datasets
  • Familiarity and comfort with risk analysis
  • Writing manuscripts, in collaboration with co-investigators
  • Writing grant proposals, in collaboration with co-investigators
  • Mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of an interdisciplinary research team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Preferred but not required: Interest and/or experience with geographic information systems (GIS); statistical analysis and programming in R, Stata, SAS, or Python; data visualization; and project management

Instructions

To apply for this position, please submit your application via Interfolio: apply.interfolio.com/98366  CV, the names and contact information of three references, and a statement of interest outlining your previous research experience and future career goals.

Application materials will be reviewed as they are received, and well-qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Questions can be directed to Dr. Elaine Faustman (faustman@uw.edu).

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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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Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian,
staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint
(http://www.washington.edu/diversity/diversity-blueprint/). Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code
recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal
opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and
responsibilities (https://www.washington.edu/admin/rules/policies/FCG/FCCH24.html#2432).