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Your Environment. Your Health.

Epidemiology Branch Career Opportunities

Through its fellowship program, the NIH NIEHS Epidemiology Branch strives to develop and mentor talented, motivated, and diverse career scientists.

Environmental Epidemiology Postdoctoral Fellowships

Air pollution photo, a mother, baby and family

We seek applicants with a doctoral degree within the past five years, and training or experience in epidemiology, population health, environmental health, biostatistics, or a related field, for postdoctoral training. Successful candidates will have a strong background in epidemiology and statistical methods, with interest in the impact of environmental exposures on health. Experience in environmental health sciences, health disparities research, mixtures methods, biomarker studies, geographic information systems, Medicare or other claims data, genomics and/or gene and environment interactions is beneficial but not required.

Fellows choose two advisors – a primary research advisor and a career mentor – from among senior Branch and Division scientists. Time is devoted to data analysis, manuscript preparation, and career development (e.g., grant applications). Fellows at NIEHS are encouraged to participate in scientific meetings and to build on existing resources to develop new projects that become the basis for transition to independence K99/R00 awards and non-NIH research grants. Opportunities exist for interdisciplinary or multicenter collaborations, large consortium-based projects, and for studies of racial and social disparities in exposures and health. The training environment is enriched by proximity and access to local universities (e.g., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and Duke University). Opportunities for mentoring undergraduate and graduate students are available. NIEHS offers comprehensive training and career development opportunities for fellows. Previous trainees have gone on to positions with schools of public health and medicine, NIH, CDC, NIOSH and industry.

Applying for a Postdoctoral Fellowship

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Highly competitive stipends are determined by degree(s) and years of relevant postdoctoral experience. Medical insurance is provided, and visa assistance is available for international applicants. Initial appointments are for 2 years, with up to 3 potential one-year extensions. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Applicants should submit the following to

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

Learn more about NIEHS Fellows’ Career Development and NIH training programs (e.g., postdoctoral, graduate, postbaccalaureate, undergraduate, summer programs).

Permanent Positions Available

Available permanent positions are posted on Jobs at NIEHS .

The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

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