Research Opportunity in Human Health Assessment / Epidemiology with EPA


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


Washington, DC and RTP, NC


Research Opportunity in Human Health Assessment – Epidemiology
With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA)
Reference Code EPA-ORD-NCEA-DC-2018-01

EPA’s Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) Program in the National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) is responsible for scientific assessment activities related to the health effects of chemical pollutants. IRIS health assessments provide key scientific support for EPA policy and regulatory decisions. This research participation opportunity is to analyze, evaluate and integrate scientific evidence—and in particular human epidemiologic evidence—leading to the development of scientific assessments that support EPA policy and regulatory decisions.

The participant will learn approaches for the evaluation, analysis and integration of epidemiologic evidence that addresses the health effects of environmental chemicals. The research participant will have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of projects that can include qualitative or quantitative analyses of epidemiologic study findings and data, and synthesis of the findings to create policy-relevant assessments. The research participant will gain understanding of how scientific evidence is used to inform EPA decision-making processes. More specifically, training opportunities may include: the application of systematic review methods to epidemiologic data (including development and application of literature screening strategies, evaluation of study quality, and synthesis and integration of evidence); quantitative (dose-response) analysis of cancer and noncancer health effect data; and development of evidence into logical, credible health assessment documents for NCEA that reflect current scientific principles and risk assessment methodologies.

See the announcement of this position at for more detailed information about this research opportunity.

This program is administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE). The initial appointment is for one year but may be renewed upon recommendation of EPA and is contingent on the availability of funds. The appointment is full-time in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina or Washington, DC. Participants do not become employees of EPA, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.

The preferred educational background for the research participant would be to possess a Master's or Doctoral degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, or closely related sciences relevant to human health risk assessment. The degree must be received within five years of the appointment start date.

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A complete application consists of:
• Transcripts
• A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
• Two educational or professional references

Please send questions by email to Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.

Contact Name

Susan Rieth

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