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14 September 2017

NIH T32 Postdoctoral Fellow
Endocrinology, Cancer Biology, Computational Toxicology
Silent Spring Institute and Northeastern University
Newton, MA and Boston, MA


We are seeking a candidate with doctoral training in endocrinology, developmental biology, or cancer biology with a focus on environmental health. Applicants should demonstrate an excellent academic and research record and an interest in understanding the roles of chemicals in carcinogenesis and hormonally-mediated toxicity.  Experience with breast cancer biology, computational toxicology, systematic review, or statistics are assets.

Work in a multi-disciplinary mission-driven team with experts in epidemiology, toxicology, chemistry, computer science, and community-based research, all focused on impartial research to identify and reduce environmental hazards to human health.

Collaborate with investigators at Harvard, Northeastern, UC Berkeley, US EPA, US CDC, and other top-tier research institutions, as well as with diverse environmental and health advocacy groups.

Specific projects are to:

This research fellowship represents a unique opportunity to develop new skills in social sciences and community based participatory research in addition to pursuing research on chemical carcinogenesis.  The candidate should have an interest in public health, community-based participatory research and the social context of environmental health. This two-year appointment is part of the NIEHS Training Program, “Transdisciplinary Training at the Intersection of Environmental Health Science and Social Science” (EH+SS), co-directed by Silent Spring Institute and Northeastern University’s Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI). This training program will prepare scientists for successful research careers at the nexus of environmental health, social science and policy. Fellows will be expected to publish and develop proposals within their scientific area of expertise and will also have opportunities to contribute to interdisciplinary publications and projects related to environmental justice, communications, science policy, and ethics.

The postdoctoral fellow will spend 2/3 of her/his time at Silent Spring Institute and 1/3 at Northeastern University. The fellow will collaborate with Silent Spring Institute scientists on one or more ongoing research projects and will have access to cutting edge resources and technologies at Northeastern University and other collaborating institutions.

Silent Spring Institute

Situated just outside Boston with a staff of about 20, we recently celebrated our 20th anniversary in 2014 as the nation’s leading scientific research organization focused breast cancer prevention through environmental research and outreach programs. Our research focuses on women’s health and environmental pollutants, especially hormone disruptors and carcinogens. We develop and apply new technologies to differentiate hazardous and safer chemicals, to measure exposures, and to identify effective exposure reduction strategies. We are funded by grants from the NIH, EPA, and other federal and state agencies, as well as private foundations and charitable contributions. This is an opportunity to be part of a nationally recognized, innovative, mission-driven team.  Our publications list is here.   Our website is here: silentspring.org.

Northeastern University

The Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute, at Northeastern since 2012, continues the legacy of the Contested Illnesses Research Group at Brown University, which began in 2000, in training graduate students, undergraduates, and postdocs in community-based participatory research aimed at transforming and improving environmental health.  By linking environmental health science, sociology, science and technology studies, and work with CBOs, SSEHRI develops novel approaches to studying environmental health questions. It currently has 4 faculty members, 2 postdocs, 12 doctoral students, 1 MA student, 4 undergraduates, and 1 MPH student. Both the Silent Spring Institute and Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute have extensive collaborations with many breast cancer, environmental health, and environmental justice organizations.  Our website is here: northeastern.edu/environmentalhealth/

This position is appointed through Northeastern University and offers an NIH stipend and benefits package, with a possibility of supplemental stipend.

To apply, please do ALL of the following:

  1. Send an application packet containing a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, writing samples (published or unpublished), and graduate and undergraduate transcripts to Professor Phil Brown by email at brown@northeastern.edu AND to careers@silentspring.org (put “T32 postdoc” in subject line).
  2. Send three letters of reference, including one from the dissertation advisor, to Professor Phil Brown by email at brown@northeastern.edu.

We are currently seeking applicants for one position to start as soon as possible but before December 2017. Review of applications will begin immediately, and the search will remain open until the position is closed or filled.  Questions? Write to Phil Brown at p.brown@northeastern.edu.

Expires on: 1 December 2017

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