Environmental Epidemiology/Biostatistics Postdoctoral Fellowship - University of California San Francisco

LOCATION: San Francisco, CA

CLOSING DATE: December 1, 2018


JOB #: 13231

POSTED: November 1, 2018


The UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE) is seeking rising leaders in the field of environmental epidemiology and environmental health sciences for two postdoctoral candidate positions. Highly motivated applicants will have opportunities to work on diverse scientific projects, including: conducting epidemiological analysis of a demographically diverse pregnancy cohort study that is examining prenatal exposures to environmental chemicals and social stressors and their links to perinatal and neurodevelopmental outcomes in offspring; and applying novel computational and statistical techniques to analyze complex datasets involving general suspect screening for characterizing environmental chemical exposures in pregnant women and infants and their association with adverse pregnancy and developmental outcomes.

In addition to working with high resolution mass spectrometry data to perform general suspect screening of chemical exposures in pregnant women, post-docs will have opportunities to apply statistical and computational approaches to evaluate the cumulative and potentially interactive effects of exposures to multiple environmental and social stressors. This exciting work will be guided by a team of multidisciplinary scientists in environmental epidemiology, analytical chemistry, computational biology, and perinatal health research at UCSF and other collaborating institutions. Examples of recent work from this project include publication in EHP and coverage by the New York Times.

PRHE is a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary group of scientists and collaborators who are committed to advancing scientific inquiry, professional training, research translation, public education, and health policies to reduce the impacts of environmental contaminants on reproductive and developmental health. We also seek to mentor and promote early career scientists by supporting their training and enhancing their capacity to engage in environmental health research, policy and education. In addition, we work closely with post-docs to support their efforts to seek extramural funding, including K awards, to support their research in ways that advance their career objectives of becoming independent scholars.


The ideal candidate will have a strong background in epidemiology, biostatistics, computational
biology, environmental health, or bio- and/or cheminformatics, and evidence of peer-reviewed
publications. Excellent problem-solving skills, creative and interdisciplinary thinking, and the
ability to learn and work with multiple software tools are required. Applicants must possess
excellent written and oral communication skills and be fluent in both spoken and written English.
The successful candidate must have:

  • PhD in epidemiology, biostatistics, computational biology, environmental health science, risk assessment, cheminformatics, or other environmental health related field.
  • Strong training in biostatistics and epidemiological methods.
  • Strong programming skills in R, Stata and/or SAS.
  • Experience with mass spectrometry/metabolomics data processing is a plus.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and track record of peer-reviewed publications.
How to Apply:


Interested candidates should submit the following application materials to courtney.cooper@ucsf.edu:

  1. a cover letter that includes a statement of research experience and interests,
  2. a curriculum vitae,
  3. pdf copies of a recent publication or writing sample,
  4. contact information of three references.

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