Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Epidemiology

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Environmental Epidemiology


Position Description

The Tufts University School of Medicine’s Department of Public Health and Community Medicine invites applications for a full-time Postdoctoral Scholar with expertise in environmental epidemiology, environmental health, and/or causal inference and bioinformatics analyses of -omics data for environmental epidemiology. The Postdoctoral Scholar will join an active, multidisciplinary research team with an environmental health and epidemiology portfolio that includes causal inference, social determinants associated with environmental exposures, evaluation of interventions, and global health. The Postdoctoral Scholar will contribute to and lead projects involving: (1) assessment of how causal inference methods can be used to examine how -omics signatures relate air pollution exposure to cardiometabolic aging within the Framingham Heart Study; (2) the application of exposure assessment and environmental epidemiology methods to assess developmental outcomes for infants and children in Puerto Rico and mainland United States who were exposed to air pollution prenatally; and (3) quantification of pollutant-associated risks and identification of populations most at-risk using nationally-representative datasets and within cohorts facing environmental injustices. The Postdoctoral Scholar will have the opportunity to conduct data analyses, write scientific papers, present at scientific meetings, participate in writing grant proposals, mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and contribute to graduate-level teaching.


The Postdoctoral Scholar will join the rapidly growing and collegial Department of Public Health and Community Medicine. The department will provide the successful applicant with a supportive environment in which to develop their research, leadership, and other professional skills. The Postdoctoral Scholar will have direct mentorship by two environmental epidemiology faculty, Dr. Laura Corlin and Dr. Kipruto Kirwa. Additionally, the Postdoctoral Scholar will have opportunities to work with other faculty from across Tufts University (including, but not limited to the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) and with collaborators at Boston University, Northeastern University, and elsewhere. The Postdoctoral Scholar will also join a vibrant community of Postdoctoral Scholars at Tufts and in the greater Boston area. This community provides additional opportunities for professional development and networking.


This is a one-year appointment beginning during the Summer of 2022. There is a possibility of renewal for an additional year, contingent on performance and availability of funds. The salary is competitive and Postdoctoral Scholar benefits are available.


The Postdoctoral Scholar may choose to work remotely, in-person, or adopt a hybrid work structure, and does not need to reside in the Boston area.




Essential Qualifications

  • Completion of a PhD (in epidemiology, environmental health, exposure science, biostatistics, bioinformatics, or a health-related field), DrPH, or similar doctoral degree
  • Background or experience in substantive or methodologic research relevant to the position
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, as portrayed in peer-reviewed scientific publications and other relevant media
  • Proficiency in epidemiologic analysis, evaluation and synthesis of the literature, and manuscript development for scientific meetings and journals
  • Experience with statistical analysis, data processing, data management, and programming using software such as Stata, SAS, or R
  • Experience managing and analyzing big data, including experience using high performance computing resources
  • Experience with bioinformatics analysis and interpretation
  • Ability to support well-defined research, as well as provide input into study design, analytic plans, and interpretation of study results

Desired Attributes

  • Excellent time management skills, including the ability to manage multiple projects
  • Strong ability to take responsibility for assignments, work independently, and work as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Highly motivated and intellectually curious
  • Strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice

Application Instructions

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest conveying reasons for interest in this opportunity and evidence of suitability for the position, a curriculum vitae, and a list of three professional recommenders (name and contact information). These materials should be submitted via Interfolio at: by July 15, 2022 or until the position is filled. Please direct questions about the position to Dr. Laura Corlin (


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