[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoc at EPA - Time Series of Environmental Stressors

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Sat May 31 16:15:10 MDT 2014

From:    =?windows-1252?Q?Susan_Yee?= <yee.susan at EPA.GOV>
Subject: Postdoc at EPA - Time Series of Environmental Stressors

A postdoctoral research project training opportunity is currently=20
available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency=92s (EPA), Office o=
Research and Development, National Health and Environmental Effects=20
Research Laboratory (NHEERL). The appointment will be served with the Gul=
Ecology Division (GED) in Gulf Breeze, Florida.

This research project aims to determine how change point analyses can be=20=

applied to time series data for environmental agents affecting human and=20=

ecological health. Addressing how to use novel state of the science=20
approaches to identify possible causal agents responsible for significant=
increases in population level human and ecological impairments, the main=20=

research problem is determining whether change point analyses of time=20
series data and the linkage between human and ecological health be used t=
identify causal agents.

The research participant will be part of an interdisciplinary research=20=

team determining how change point analyses can be used in causal agent=20=

identification. Specific opportunities may include:

evaluating selected time series data for significant environmental agents=
that can affect both human and ecological health=20
understanding the exposure and effects of selected environmental agents=20=

with distinct time series change points=20
using change point analyses to determine possible candidate environmental=
agents for selected case studies=20
integrating exposure and effects with change point analyses to identify=20=

likely causative agents=20
The research participant will have the opportunity to exercise initiative=
and judgment commensurate with their level of experience and education.=20=

S/he will be mentored by a senior scientist at GED and learn to develop=20=

approaches for predictive mode of action and toxicity model development.

Specific learning opportunities include:

understanding the integration of exposure and effects and the linkage=20
between human and ecological health=20
investigation and application of change point analysis approaches=20
developing approaches to identifying causal agents=20
This opportunity will provide the participant experience with using chang=
point analyses of exposure and effects data to identify environmental=20
agents affecting human and ecological health. Professional development=20=

opportunities could also include presenting work at scientific meetings,=20=

authoring publications, and collaborating with external (non-EPA)=20
scientists and engineers.


Applicants must have received a doctoral degree in biostatistics,=20
environmental science, epidemiology, mathematical biology, mathematics an=
statistics, population biology, or systems science and theory within five=
years of the desired starting date, or completion of all requirements for=
the degree should be expected prior to the starting date.

The program is open to all qualified individuals without regard to race,=20=

sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin=
or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran. U.S. citizenship or lawfu=
permanent resident status is preferred (but a candidate also may hold an=20=

appropriate visa status; an H1B visa is not appropriate).

The appointment is full time for one year and may be renewed upon=20
recommendation of EPA and contingent on the availability of funds. The=20=

participant will receive a monthly stipend. Funding may be made available=
to reimburse the participant's travel expenses to present the results of=20=

his/her research at scientific conferences. No funding will be made=20
available to cover travel costs for pre-appointment visits, relocation=20=

costs, tuition and fees, or a participant's health insurance. The=20
participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. The=20
participant does not become an EPA employee.

Technical Questions:

The mentor for this project will be Dr. Mace Barron (barron.mace at epa.gov)=

How to Apply:

An application can be found at=20
http://orise.orau.gov/epa/applicants/application.htm. Please reference=20=

Project # EPA-ORD/NHEERL-GED-2014-03 when calling or writing for=20
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