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Your Environment. Your Health.

Staff Scientist, Division of National Toxicology Program, Integrative Health Assessment Branch

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Division of National Toxicology Program (DNTP)
Integrative Health Assessment Branch (IHAB); Report on Carcinogens Group (RoC)
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

NIEHS is seeking a Title 42 (g) Staff Scientist in the Report on Carcinogens (RoC) Group of the Integrative Health Assessment Branch (IHAB). A Staff Scientist is an NIH employee generally appointed to a time-limited, renewable position to support the long-term projects of a research program. Staff Scientists often work with minimal supervision and have sophisticated skills and knowledge essential to the organization's work. They do not receive independent resources.

The DNTP is a principal partner of the National Toxicology Program (NTP), an interagency organization that conducts research to build knowledge and advance toxicological sciences to protect and promote human health. Within the DNTP, IHAB develops and applies innovative informatics and systematic approaches to integrate evidence and analyze health effects research to support evidence-based human health assessments of environmental substances. These assessments include cancer hazard evaluations used for potential inclusion in the RoC, a congressionally mandated document listing substances that are known and reasonably anticipated to be human carcinogens.

We are seeking a health scientist with epidemiological expertise to conduct cancer hazard evaluations of environmental exposures and lead or support IHAB research and literature-based assessments that inform policy decisions and public health practices. Using systematic review methods, these evaluations integrate the evidence from published studies of human and animal cancer, human exposure, and mechanisms of action information, reflecting the growing complexity of environmental science. A systematic review uses structured, transparent, and documented methods to identify, assess, and integrate the evidence across similar types of studies to answer a specific question, e.g., what is the strength of evidence that a substance causes cancer?

The Staff Scientist will also provide epidemiology expertise for branch and cross-DNTP activities. Examples of IHAB activities include providing input for systematic reviews of cancer and non-cancer effects evaluations, developing, and improving systematic review methods and tools, analyzing data from epidemiological studies, and conducting analysis and research related to translation and communication of NTP toxicology projects to humans. The incumbent will also have opportunities to interact with NIEHS’s Epidemiology Branch.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have (1) a Ph.D. or equivalent degree (e.g., D.P.H., M.D., Sc.D.) in a scientific field relevant to health effects evaluations (such as epidemiology, environmental health science, or public health), (2) documented experience in conducting literature-based assessments of environmental and occupational epidemiology studies, especially cancer studies, using systematic review methods (e.g., critically evaluating study quality and integrating evidence using a transparent framework), as evident through demonstrated experience or preparation of health hazard assessment reports, and (3) an established track record of peer-reviewed publications (e.g., government reports, journal publications) related to relevant environmental health topics such as environmental, occupational, molecular epidemiology studies, systematic reviews of epidemiology studies, cancer health assessments, or risk assessment. Knowledge of environmental health policy and experience, service on interagency, national, or other health-related working groups, and demonstrated ability to innovate and work in a collaborative environment are desired.

Salary/Benefits: This is a federal full-time equivalent position, and a comprehensive benefits package is available. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

How to Apply: To submit a complete application package, interested candidates must submit their full curriculum vitae including bibliography and a 3-4-page statement of research experience and interest as one (1) combined PDF to Bonnie Earnhardt at int-appls@niehs.nih.gov. Please include vacancy number NR132 and your name in the subject line of your email submission. Please include in your CV a description of mentoring and outreach activities, especially those involving women or persons from other groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research. In addition, applicants must arrange to have at least three (3) referees send letters of recommendation to int-appls@niehs.nih.gov. Letters should be on official letterhead and signed. Please be sure that referees include your name and vacancy number NR132 in the subject line of their email. For further information about the position, please contact Ruth M. Lunn, Dr.P.H. Incomplete applications or paper applications will not be accepted. Review of applications will begin on January 24, 2022.

Commitment to Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity: NIH/NIEHS encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors. NIH/NIEHS will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities as appropriate. If you require reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us.

Foreign Education: Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the United States must provide an evaluation by an accredited organization to ensure its equivalence to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. For more information on foreign education verification, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements: As a condition of employment, all federal employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. During the onboarding process, if selected, you must provide proof of vaccination. An official job offer and continued employment are contingent on this requirement. For more information on this requirement, visit the Safer Federal Workforce. If you need a COVID-19 vaccine, please visit Vaccines.gov.

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Do not include your birth date, photograph, or social security number (SSN) on application materials. DHHS and NIH are equal opportunity employers.

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