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Environmental Risk Factors and Women’s Cancer

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, NC

Position Description:

A postdoctoral fellowship is available in the Environment and Cancer Epidemiology Group headed by Dr. Alexandra White in the Epidemiology Branch at the NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Environmental risk factors for cancer are important but understudied. Few studies have considered simultaneous exposure to environmental mixtures in relation to cancer risk or evaluated how these exposures may be associated with markers of risk such as breast tissue characteristics. The postdoctoral fellow will be able to take advantage of data from unique resources including the Sister Study cohort and the Komen Tissue Bank. The Sister Study is a prospective cohort that includes over 50,000 women across the United States with extensive questionnaire data, and biological and environmental specimens. Study participants are followed for health outcomes including breast and other cancers. The Komen Tissue Bank is a repository of normal breast tissue samples from women with no history of breast cancer. It is a unique resource to evaluate how environmental exposures may contribute to breast tissue characteristics years prior to a breast cancer diagnosis.


We are seeking talented and motivated applicants with training and experience in epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health sciences, or the equivalent. Successful candidates will have a strong background in epidemiology and statistical methods, with interest in environmental exposures, cancer, epigenetics, or women’s health. Experience in exposure measurement, mixtures methods, biomarker studies, geographic information systems, genomics and/or gene/environment interactions is beneficial but not required. The fellow’s time will be devoted to data analysis, manuscript preparation, and career development. Postdoctoral fellows at NIEHS are eligible and encouraged to propose ancillary studies that can be internally funded, and to apply for K99/R00 and non-NIH research grants. While NIEHS fellows have no teaching responsibilities, interaction with faculty and students at local universities (e.g., University of North Carolina, NC Central University, NC State University, and Duke University) can be facilitated. Opportunities for mentoring undergraduate and graduate students are also available. NIEHS offers comprehensive training and career development opportunities for fellows.

How to Apply:

Applicants who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our research program are strongly encouraged to apply. Salary and benefits are highly competitive. Initial appointments will be two years at NIEHS in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, with additional time (up to 5 years) depending on eligibility and productivity. Submit the following materials to

  • Letter describing areas of research interest
  • Curriculum vitae with bibliography
  • Copies of 1-2 recent publications
  • Contact information for three individuals serving as references

The NIH is dedicated to building community in its training and employment programs and encourage the application and nominations of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities. DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.