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Post Doctoral Fellow in Computational Exposomics

Job Description


Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.



JOB DESCRIPTION: Helps design and conduct research within a specified field while receiving advanced training from a designated Principal Investigator to enhance professional skills and research independence needed for pursuit of a career. The specific area of research in which the trainee is mentored is determined by the department and laboratory of the Postdoc. Designs and evaluates experiments. Develops new ideas that promote current research. Prepares and publishes scientific manuscripts under the direction of the Principal Investigator. May be responsible for operation of specific equipment. May teach techniques to others, train, and supervise research staff. Positions are temporary appointments as a research trainee. The initial appointment is for one year, renewal expected if progress is satisfactory and funds are available. Appointments cannot exceed five years.

Our laboratory is located within the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. The Rollins School of Public Health is ranked 5th among public health graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report and ranked number 5 in the Blue Ridge Report amongst schools of public health receiving NIH support. The Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health houses researchers with interests spanning Environmental Health, including mechanistic and computational toxicology, genomics, the developmental origins of disease, air pollution, climate change, water, sanitation and hygiene, and environmental epidemiology. Within the department is Emorys HERCULES Health and Exposome Research Center, an NIEHS P30 Environmental Health Support Center and the first Exposome Research Center in the US that includes a pilot grant program to which fellows are eligible to apply. Additional formal mentoring and development programs are also available through an NIEHS funded T32 training grant. The team science approach in this department provides opportunities to co-author publications with leading collaborators. We offer numerous opportunities for career advancement, including support for grant applications funding career independence, ability to attend workshops on topics related to the exposome and data science, and travel to national and international conferences. Work-related experience will be considered in determining level and salary. The postdoctoral fellow will be encouraged to develop new ideas that promote current research and will prepare and publish scientific manuscripts under the direction of Dr. Walker. Opportunities to apply for independent funding will be available and encouraged. The initial appointment is for one year, with expected renewal if progress is satisfactory and funds are available.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A doctoral degree or equivalent (Ph.D., M.D., ScD., D.V.M., DDS etc) in an appropriate field. Excellent scientific writing ability and strong oral communication skills. The ability to work effectively and collegially with colleagues. Additional qualifications as specified by the Principal Investigator.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate for the postdoctoral fellow must have a PhD in metabolomics, epidemiology, engineering, biostatistics, data science, bioinformatics or other environmental health related fields. Previous experience with big data analysis or omics is preferred. Candidates will have hands-on experience working with exposome studies and have the opportunity to learn fundamentals of untargeted mass spectrometry data acquisition and analysis, pre-processing workflows, EWAS and characterization and interpretation of results. Experience with R or an equivalent programming language is required. They must also have strong organizational and time management skills, with the ability to independently meet project timelines. While preference will be given to scientists with the expertise summarized above, we are willing to train exceptionally motivated individuals with strong analytical and communication skills.



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