Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Division of Intramural Research
Epidemiology Branch
Perinatal & Early Life Epidemiology Group
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

We are seeking a talented and motivated fellow with training and experience in environmental health sciences, biostatistics, or epidemiology for a position in the Perinatal and Early Life Epidemiology Group (PI - Kelly Ferguson, Ph.D.) in the Epidemiology Branch at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Durham, North Carolina.


  • The successful candidate will have a strong background in epidemiology, including experience with statistical modeling
  • Experience in environmental health sciences, biomarker studies, and chemistry is beneficial but not required

Early delivery and reduced fetal to early childhood growth are associated with extensive laterlife disease and economic costs. Research clearly indicates a role of the maternal environment during pregnancy in the origin of these outcomes, with evidence for effects of chemical exposures. However, the research in this field has primarily been limited to investigation of known chemicals. Furthermore, the mechanistic underpinnings of these relationships remain poorly understood and may be augmented with novel tools such as metabolomics. The postdoctoral fellow will collaborate on projects in this research area, working with high-dimensional chemical exposure biomarker and metabolomics data. Opportunities for research on other aspects of perinatal health and the environment are available as well.

The fellow’s time will be devoted to data analysis, manuscript preparation, and career development (e.g., grant writing). Fellows will have the opportunity to propose related research that can be internally funded, and are also eligible and encouraged to apply for K99/R00 and non-NIH research grants. While NIEHS fellows have no teaching responsibilities, interaction with faculty and students at the local universities (University of North Carolina, North Carolina State University, and Duke University) can be facilitated and is encouraged. Opportunities for mentoring undergraduate and graduate students are also available.

Salary and benefits are highly competitive. Initial appointment will be two years at NIEHS in Durham, North Carolina, with additional time (up to 5 years) depending on productivity. Start date is flexible. Applicants should submit the following materials to Epidemiology Fellowships and directly to Kelly K. Ferguson:

  • Letter describing areas of research interest
  • Curriculum vitae with bibliography
  • Copies of one to two recent publications
  • Contact information for three individuals serving as references

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