Staff Scientist, Chronic Disease Epidemiology Group

This announcement has been amended to add the COVID-19 vaccine mandate to the conditions of employment.

This position is subject to the COVID-19 vaccine mandate as a condition of employment.

Job Summary

The Epidemiology Branch in the Division of Intramural Research of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Research Triangle Park, North Carolina is recruiting a Staff Scientist to help lead the Gulf Long-term Follow-up (GuLF) Study in the Chronic Disease Epidemiology Group under the leadership of Dr. Dale Sandler.

The GuLF Study (https://gulfstudy.nih.gov), initiated following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico to study health effects in oil spill clean-up and response workers, has been following 32,000 individuals since enrollment in 2011-2013. Participants completed questionnaires, provided biological and environmental samples, and completed clinical assessments. Follow-up includes periodic surveys, a clinical exam with collection of additional biological samples, and linkage to the National Death Index and State cancer registries. These data, together with comprehensive exposure assessment, allow research on a wide range of health outcomes. Much of the cohort resides in areas of the US that are socioeconomically disadvantaged and medically underserved, offering opportunities to study the impact of these disparities on health. 

The selected candidate will work with GuLF Study investigators to provide oversight, management, and scientific leadership for the study.  In addition to conducting independent and collaborative epidemiologic research using study data, the Staff Scientist in this position will help guide students and other investigators using GuLF Study data. This includes facilitating collaborations with intramural and extramural scientists, working with contractors to oversee data management, data sharing, and study operations, and communicating study results to a wide-range of constituencies including the scientific community, governmental agencies, oversight committees, study participants, and the press.

Required Qualifications

Candidates should have a doctoral degree and at least 2 years of postdoctoral training and/or a significant level of accomplishment in epidemiology or environmental health sciences, including a strong record of relevant scientific publications.  Preference will be given to candidates with a proven track record of multi-disciplinary research on health effects of environmental exposures or disasters. The successful candidate will have formal or informal experience in mentoring and collaboration, demonstrated proficiency in written and verbal communications, and have strong quantitative skills with experience in one or more of the following areas: molecular genetics, biomarkers, chemical mixtures, GIS-linked spatial analyses, social/behavioral research, exposure assessment, cohort studies, multi-level models, and/or methods for causal inference.  Prior research mental health outcomes, pulmonary function and respiratory health, neurological function, metabolic dysfunction, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, or other health conditions plausibly related to oil spill exposure is also a plus.  Appointees may be U.S. citizens, resident aliens, or non-resident aliens who have, or are eligible to obtain, a valid employment authorization visa.

Vaccination Mandate

In accordance with Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to exceptions that may be required by law. If selected, you will be required to submit proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before your entrance on duty if you are selected after the compliance date. Your HR Consultant will provide a list of documents acceptable as proof of vaccination and instructions for how to submit a request for a legally required exception, if needed, to comply with vaccination requirement.

Benefits

Salary for this Staff Scientist level position will be commensurate with the experience and qualifications of the candidate.  Full federal benefits including leave, health and life insurance, retirement, and savings plan (401K equivalent) apply.

Expanded/Maximum Telework Posture

Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in a maximum telework posture.  If selected, you may be expected to telework upon your appointment. As employees are permitted to return to the office, you may be required to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within 30 calendar days of receiving notice to do so, even if your home/temporary telework site is located outside the local commuting area. Your position may be eligible for workplace flexibilities which may include remote work or telework options, and/or flexible work scheduling. These flexibilities may be requested in accordance with the HHS Workplace Flexibilities policy.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Selection for this position will be based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, disability, age, or membership or non-membership in an employee organization. The NIH encourages the application and nomination of qualified women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

Standards of Conduct/Financial Disclosure

If selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450 to determine if a conflict or an appearance of a conflict exists between your financial interest and your prospective position with the agency.

Foreign Education

Applicants who have completed part or all of their education outside of the US must have their foreign education evaluated by an accredited organization to ensure that it is equivalent to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. We will only accept the completed foreign education evaluation. For more information on foreign education verification, visit the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) website at http://www.naces.org. Verification must be received prior to the effective date of the appointment.

Reasonable Accommodation

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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