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Post Doctoral Fellow-Environmental Health Department

North Decatur, Georgia, US
Closing date
Sep 9, 2021

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Conservation science
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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.

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.

Appointment is for 1 year and can be renewed if progress is satisfactory and funds are available.

Emory training will this position require within the employee's first month of employment:
CITI - Basic/Refresher Course Human Subjects Protection - Group 1. Biomedical Focus
CITI - Basic/Refresher Course Human Subjects Protection - Group 2. Social/Behavioral Focus

A recent or prospective doctoral graduate (Ph.D. or equivalent qualification) in an appropriate field, including but not limited to Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Public Health or Statistical/Computational Genetics. The candidate must have excellent scientific writing ability, strong oral communication skills, and an ability to work effectively with colleagues, both in-person and via teleconference. The candidate must have some epidemiologic training, be proficient with R-statistical software, and have some prior experience working genomic data (ie. DNA methylation or gene expression).

Experience with statistical analyses of longitudinal measures and/or familiarity with neurodevelopmental outcomes is useful, but not essential.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: We are seeking a post-doctoral fellow to assist with an NIH-funded research project aimed at identifying epigenetic predictors of children's developmental impairments in a sample of infants that were born very preterm. The participants for this study are enrolled in the Neonatal Neurobehavior and Outcomes in Very Preterm Infants (NOVI) study, which is part of the NIH national Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program ( NOVI includes ongoing collection of bio-samples for epigenetic analyses and information on developmental outcomes from birth to age 7. The post-doctoral fellow will work directly with the Principal Investigator (PI) Dr. Todd Everson, in the Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and will liaise with researchers at the collaborating site, Brown University, to provide overall support in ensuring progress of the study. The successful applicant will be involved in the analyses of longitudinal DNA methylation data and predictive analytics, drafting of manuscripts, and presentation of research findings. The post-doctoral fellow will be expected to work independently on analyses, while coordinating with the PI and study personnel to complete projects. The PI will provide guidance and opportunities to enhance the post-doctoral fellow's research and professional skills, and provide opportunities to attend and participate in scientific conferences (if appropriate given the COVID-pandemic). The fellow will also be involved in the teaching and training of others, including students and research staff. Opportunities for the fellow to apply for independent funding will be available and encouraged.

To ensure the safety of our campus community, all unvaccinated faculty and staff are currently required to get a weekly screening test for COVID-19.

Emory University is dedicated to providing equal opportunities and equal access to all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status. Emory University does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment on the basis of any factor stated above or prohibited under applicable law. Students, faculty, and staff are assured of participation in University programs and in the use of facilities without such discrimination. Emory University complies with Executive Order 11246, as amended, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act, and applicable executive orders, federal and state regulations regarding nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. Emory University is committed to achieving a diverse workforce through application of its affirmative action, equal opportunity and nondiscrimination policy in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training. Inquiries regarding this policy should be directed to the Emory University Department of Equity and Inclusion, 201 Dowman Drive, Administration Building, Atlanta, GA 30322. Telephone: 404-727-9867 (V) | 404-712-2049 (TDD).

Emory University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Department of Accessibility Services at 404-727-9877 (V) | 404-712-2049 (TDD). Please note that one week advance notice is preferred.
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