Jobs Posted on the Whova Community Board of PFAS in Our World: What We Know And What We Can Do
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NIST NRC Postdoctoral Opportunity
NIST The NIST NRC Postdoctoral Program supports a nationwide competitive postdoctoral program administered in cooperation with the National Academies/National Research Council (NRC). The postdoctoral program brings research scientists and engineers of unusual promise and ability to perform advanced research related to the NIST mission, introduces the latest university research results and techniques to NIST scientific programs, strengthens mutual communication with university researchers, shares NIST unique research facilities with the U.S. scientific and engineering communities, and provides a valuable mechanism for the transfer of research results from NIST to the scientific and engineering communities.
Study Coordinator for CDC-funded water contamination and health study
Silent Spring Institute Silent Spring Institute is hiring a study coordinator for a new study of health effects associated with PFAS exposures from drinking water in two communities in Massachusetts. This study is being conducted as part of the PFAS Multi-Site Health Study, funded and coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Silent Spring is partnering with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and community organizations. The results of this study will be combined with results from six other states. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a major public health study that will advance our understanding of PFAS health effects.
For more information and instructions to apply, visit: https://silentspring.org/about-us/employment#studycoordinator
US EPA Fellowship with a focus on PFAS toxicology
University of Wisconsin-Madison We seek a Fellow with a background in toxicology, pharmacology, risk assessment, biology, analytical or environmental chemistry, or related fields in the biological and naturals sciences to join an interdisciplinary team of US EPA scientists to conduct research focused on understanding risks that per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) in the environment pose to freshwater ecosystems and the services they provide. The fellow will conduct research that aims to couple understanding of the occurrence, distribution, and concentrations of PFAS in critical habitats like the Laurentian Great Lakes with novel toxicological data defining the biological pathways these contaminants can perturb and their consequences for ecological fitness. Emphasis will be placed on the development of predictive tools and models, conceptually organized around the adverse outcome pathway framework, that allows EPA and tribal, state, and local stakeholders to efficiently and cost-effectively evaluate this expansive class of chemicals.
EPA Non-Targeted Analysis Data Management Fellowship
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Throughout the course of this research project, the participant will be part of an EPA team of experts who are identifying chemicals to which humans are exposed. High resolution mass spectrometry (HRMS) and Non-targeted analysis (NTA) methods have been increasingly used in recent years to elucidate structures of novel compounds as well as screen for thousands of known compounds. Large amounts of data are produced that require advanced processing and interpretation. This research may involve processing HRMS data generated in-house or by collaborators as part of NTA studies and writing manuscripts based on the results of these studies. The research participant may use existing python and R scripts and may write new scripts customized for each project. In some cases, researchers apply machine learning to answer research questions.
EPA Toxicokinetic PFAS Chemical Assessments Fellowship
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ter- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a complex class of thousands of chemicals that are used in a wide variety of commercial products and industrial applications. Given their properties and widespread use, PFAS have become widespread throughout the environment and are highly persistent. While a few select PFAS (e.g., PFOS, PFOA) have been highly studied, there are thousands more PFAS structures for which little fate or effects data exist. Given the costs and time it would take to characterize thousands of PFAS using traditional animal testing, "new approach methodologies (NAMs)", such as cell-based bioassays, high throughput transcriptomics, and toxicokinetic assays are being used to identify potential biological targets and pathways PFAS may interact with and understand PFAS behavior in biological systems. The research participant will be trained in a variety of analytical chemistry techniques and have the opportunity to learn a range of cell-based and in vitro experimental approaches aimed at characterizing the toxicokinetic behavior of chemicals. This research training opportunity will include a combination of bench lab work and in silico modeling to incorporate experimental data into in vitro partitioning models.
Postdoctoral research associate
Indiana University Indiana University’s O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs is looking for a postdoctoral research associate for a two-year appointment. The candidate will be part of the Integrated Atmospheric Deposition Network (IADN) team. The addition of a new LC/MS to the laboratory equipment opened up the possibility of expanding the suite of target chemicals measured within IADN in new directions. The candidate will focus on IADN’s goal of advancing the understanding of PFAS fate and transport in the Great Lakes region. Most of the work will concentrate on air and water but other media might also be explored for a comprehensive assessment of the regional distribution of PFAS.
The minimum qualifications are a PhD in environmental or analytical chemistry or environmental engineering. The successful candidate should have demonstrated an ability to work independently and in a large research group. Organizational proficiency and strong oral and written communication skills (in English) are essential. Experience in organic extraction and chemical analyses using mass spectrometry and in the analysis of persistent organic pollutants are required. Experience in programming and GIS analyses is desirable.
Salary is commensurate with qualifications. The starting date is flexible. If interested, send your CV to email@example.com.
Postdoctoral research associate at Indiana University Bloomington
Indiana University We have an opening for a postdoctoral research associate in our laboratory at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. The candidate will work on a newly funded NIH project aimed at studying the environmental exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) , organic flame retardants, and other persistent environmental contaminants in the indoor environment. This post-doc will be primarily responsible for laboratory work, including using liquid chromatographic and gas chromatographic mass spectrometry, statistical and geographic data analyses, and manuscript writing. Other responsibilities may include assistance with general laboratory operations and student or staff supervision. The minimum qualifications are a Ph.D. in environmental or analytical chemistry, environmental engineering, or any other field related to environmental science and/or health. The successful candidate should have demonstrated an ability to work independently and in a large research group. Organizational proficiency and strong oral and written communication skills (in English) are essential. Experience in organic extraction and chemical analyses using mass spectrometry and in the analysis of PFAS, flame retardant chemicals and other persistent organic pollutants is desired. Salary is commensurate with qualifications. The initial appointment at Indiana University will be for one year, with possibilities for extension to a second year if funding permits. The starting date is flexible. Interested individuals should submit a copy of their CV and cover letter to Amina Salamova at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safer Products Toxicologist
Washington State Department of Ecology This is a great opportunity to be part of the team implementing Safer Products for Washington, which includes PFAS and other priority chemicals in priority products. Check out the full description at the link.
California Department of Toxic Substances Control Under the direction of the Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory) or the Supervising Hazardous Substances Engineer I, the Environmental Scientist (ES) performs technical duties including evaluating potential exposures to chemicals in products and the associated public health and environmental hazards; identifying Chemicals of Concern and Priority Products; and evaluating Alternatives Analyses submitted by product manufacturers. The ES evaluates environmental and human health information, evaluates large data sets, conducts scientific literature reviews, and prepares technical reports. The ES assists in the development of regulations and guidance to support the implementation of the Safer Consumer Products (SCP) regulations, analyzes proposed legislation that may affect the SCP program, and assists in the development of legislative proposals. The ES participates in multidisciplinary teams to execute projects according to accepted project management principles and in-house project management tools. The ES participates in public hearings and workshops and may represent the SCP program at meetings and conferences.
California Department of Toxic Substances Control Under the general direction of the Safer Consumer Products Branch Chief, and in consultation with the Human and Ecological Risk Office Supervising Toxicologist, the Staff Toxicologist independently provides expert scientific support in the areas of toxicology, human and ecological hazard and exposure assessments, risk assessment, and public health.