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Your Environment. Your Health.

Staff Scientist, Epidemiology Branch, Division of Intramural Research

Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Division of Intramural Research (DIR)
Epidemiology Branch (EB)
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

The Epidemiology Branch (EB) within the Division of Intramural Research (DIR) of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH) is recruiting an outstanding Title 42 (g) Staff Scientist 1 to join the Social and Environmental Determinants of Health Equity Group led by Chandra Jackson, Ph.D., M.S., The successful candidate will contribute to research projects that illuminate how differences in the social and physical environments contribute to racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in sleep over the life course. The candidate will also contribute to the management of new and ongoing projects related to physical and social environments, sleep, and cardiometabolic health outcomes. The position involves conducting research, assisting postdoctoral fellows and collaborators with their projects, mentoring postbaccalaureate fellows and summer students, as well as performing administrative duties as assigned.

A Staff Scientist 1 is an NIH employee generally appointed to a time-limited, renewable position. Staff Scientists do not receive independent resources, but often work independently and have sophisticated skills and knowledge essential to the work of the laboratory. Staff Scientists should be capable of independently designing studies, but do not have responsibilities for initiating new research programs. This Staff Scientist position will be supported by the resources for the Social and Environmental Determinants of Health Equity Group led by Chandra Jackson, Ph.D., M.S.

The goals of the Social and Environmental Determinants of Health Equity Group are to: investigate the physical and social environmental determinants that influence racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in cardiometabolic health and well-being; identify biological mechanisms that modify those associations; and translate epidemiologic findings to novel interventions with the goal of eliminating racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities. The group collaborates with a wide variety of research groups, and this position offers opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations within and outside of NIEHS.

The existing faculty within the EB includes internationally recognized researchers studying a vast range of basic, clinical, and epidemiological research topics complemented by other branches and laboratories within DIR and the NTP.

Salary/Benefits: This is a federal full-time equivalent position with a salary commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the candidate. Full federal benefits including leave, health and life insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401k equivalent) apply.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in epidemiology or related discipline and at least 2 years of postdoctoral training. The successful candidate should have a strong track record with significant accomplishments that demonstrate expertise and achievement in social epidemiology or health disparities research with an environmental focus. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong record of prior research with a focus on social environmental determinants of either sleep or cardiometabolic health such as racial/ethnic discrimination, neighborhood characteristics, housing environments, childhood trauma, and/or cultural characteristics along with a focus on women and marginalized populations. The candidate must demonstrate strong quantitative skills including mastery of multiple statistical programming software packages (e.g., SAS, Stata) and experience with multilevel modeling, data reduction tools (e.g., latent class analysis), and longitudinal data analysis. The successful candidate will also have mentoring experience and display high scientific research productivity as demonstrated by a strong track record of multidisciplinary, collaborative peer-reviewed publications that reflect their ability to successfully complete the required duties and responsibilities for the position. The successful candidate will also have strong written and oral communication skills.

How to Apply: Interested candidates must submit materials as one combined PDF via email to Bonnie Earnhardt at All emails should include vacancy number NR133 in the subject line. A complete application includes:

  • Cover Letter: 1–2-page descriptive letter of interest.
  • Curriculum Vitae: Include the full curriculum vitae including bibliography. Please include a description of mentoring and outreach activities.

In addition, you must arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to Letters should be on official letterhead and signed. Referees must include the applicant’s name and vacancy number NR133 in the email subject line.

Questions about this position can be forwarded to Chandra Jackson, Ph.D., M.S. Incomplete applications or paper applications will not be accepted. Review of applications will begin in July 2022 and the search will be closed once the position is filled.

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.

NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world. Its 27 institutes and centers employ more than 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information about the NIH mission, goals and institutes and centers, visit About NIH.

DHHS, NIH, NIEHS are an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, minorities and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

Do not include your birthdate, photograph, or social security number (SSN) on application materials.

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