Postdoctoral Scientist - George Washington University (GW)

LOCATION: Washington, DC

CLOSING DATE: April 30, 2021


JOB #: 17133

POSTED: March 31, 2021


GW’s Department of Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) looks at how environmental and occupational exposures impact human health. It explores the underlying science and policy for issues such as sustainable cities and food systems, climate change and air pollution mitigation, workplace safety and risk management. Additional information on EOH can be found at the following link:

EOH is searching for a full-time Post-Doctoral Scientist for the research group of Associate Professor Dr. Susan Anenberg. Dr. Anenberg’s main interests are quantifying health impacts of climate change and air pollution from local to global scales, including developing scientific methods and evaluating policy scenarios for mitigation. This research is interdisciplinary and draws from a variety of fields, including atmospheric science, epidemiology, and economics.

This position will support activities on funded research grants aimed at improving understanding of air quality, climate change, and public health, and the effects of environmental and sustainability policies in cities worldwide. This position will aid Dr. Anenberg in designing and implementing novel studies related to modeling the health implications of present and future climate change and air pollution. The individual will be involved in all aspects of research including directing and performing computer-based modeling work, analyzing and interpreting data, and preparing manuscripts and presentations. In conjunction with Dr. Anenberg, other department investigators, and outside collaborators, the individual will identify research opportunities and prepare proposals for new extramural funding. The individual will also receive mentoring and direct guidance from the Principal Investigator and her group’s Research Scientist in order to advance their career in academic research, public health practice, and/or public policy.

This position is for a 1 year duration beginning Fall 2020. The position may be renewed for a 2nd year depending on satisfactory performance and funding availability.

Responsibilities include:
• Develop and run computer programs linking sustainability policies (e.g. green space area in cities) and health impacts
• Use satellite-derived air quality products and results from chemical transport models to estimate air pollution levels in cities worldwide
• Develop communications materials and organize team and stakeholder meetings to disseminate environmental science and public health information to end users
• Plan and conduct independent research; write and publish peer-reviewed manuscripts
• Prepare and submit grant proposals
• Provide support with data management and computer modeling tasks and guidance to junior staff
• Work collaboratively with individuals from diverse disciplines
• Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Incumbent is expected to work well as part of multi-disciplinary teams and have enthusiasm for conducting research at the nexus of environmental science, public health, and policy.

Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, cover letter including career goals, and contact information for two references.


Qualified candidates will hold a Doctoral degree in a related discipline. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position.

• Doctorate degree in environmental health, environmental science, environmental engineering, atmospheric sciences, exposure science, epidemiology, or other related fields.
• Advanced skills in computer programming and data management: Experience working with programming languages such as R, Python, Stata, or other languages.
• Excellent skills communicating technical information, such as chemical transport modeling and satellite observations to multi-disciplinary audiences (e.g. evidenced by journal articles, websites, op-eds and other writing for general public, or success working with interdisciplinary teams on research projects).
• Enthusiasm for conducting applied research at the nexus of sustainability, climate change, air quality environmental health, and public policy.
• Experience working with interdisciplinary teams on research projects.

Other Desired Qualifications:

• Experience working with satellite observation datasets.
• General understanding of population-based health studies, such as epidemiology.
• Grant proposal writing and submission experience.

How to Apply:

Required Documents

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter

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