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An Opportunity to Work on Drinking Water Contaminants and Various Cancers or Environmental Exposures and Childhood Cancers

Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

A postdoctoral fellowship is available within the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) of the National Cancer Institute. DCEG is a leading institute in cancer research.  Drs. Mary Ward and Rena Jones are seeking applicants interested in studying environmental risk factors for cancer, including industrial, agricultural, and other chemical contaminants.

Drs. Ward and Jones are leading multiple cancer investigations of outdoor air pollution, drinking water contaminants, pesticides, and other agricultural and industrial exposures in relation to cancer risk. Many of these studies include Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-based exposure assessments and linkages of regulatory and other environmental monitoring data or modelled environmental contaminants to geocoded residential history data.

Potential fellows will work on existing collaborative studies of cancer etiology with experts in cancer epidemiology, GIS, and environmental exposure assessment. They will also have opportunities to develop new projects addressing these and other environmental research topics with data from multiple cohorts, case-control, and other studies.

For more information about this position, please contact Mary Ward, Ph.D., Senior Investigator or Rena Jones, Ph.D., M.S., Investigator; Email: or


Candidates should possess a doctoral degree in epidemiology, environmental health, or environmental exposure assessment. In addition to strong quantitative and writing skills, this position requires familiarity with the applications of GIS technology to environmental and health data. A background in environmental sciences is also desirable, but not required.  Applicants may be U.S. citizens or permanent residents; for a visiting fellowship, visa requirements apply. Postdoctoral Fellowship positions are subject to a background investigation. 

To Apply:

See the Division Fellowship Information for an overview, qualifications, and application details.  Go to  and click on Fellowships & Training. This position is subject to a background investigation.

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