About Northeastern: Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and a world leader in experiential learning. The same commitment to connecting with the world drives our use-inspired research enterprise. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Our campuses in Charlotte, N.C., San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto are regional platforms for undergraduate and graduate learning and collaborative research. Northeastern pursues advanced research in security and materials at the Innovation Campus in Burlington, Massachusetts, and in coastal sustainability at the Marine Science Center in Nahant, Massachusetts.
About the Opportunity: Northeastern University's Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI) seeks a postdoctoral research associate to work in the PFAS Project Lab (pfasproject.com), led by Phil Brown (Northeastern) and Alissa Cordner (Whitman College). This is a two-year postdoctoral position based in Boston, MA.The Lab currently has two faculty members, one postdoc, one research scientist, two graduate students, and three undergraduates, and has strong connections through grants and projects with Silent Spring Institute, Environmental Working Group, and Green Science Policy Institute.
Responsibilities: The primary responsibility will be on a 5 year NIEHS R01 project, Assessment of Pediatric Immunotoxicity, Public Education, and Capacity-Building in Communities Impacted by PFAS-Contaminated Drinking Water. That project has three components: 1) Children's Immunotoxicity Study evaluates the effects of PFASs on the immune systems of children aged 4-6. in two communities where drinking water supplies have been contaminated with PFASs: Pease Tradeport, Portsmouth, NH, and Hyannis, MA. 2) PFAS Exchange develops an innovative online resource center for communities affected by PFAS contamination which will include a data interpretation tool called MyExposureMap, tap water testing, and educational materials designed to support and connect communities facing the challenge of PFAS contaminated drinking water supplies. 3) Community Exposure Experience Study assesses individual, family, governmental, scientist, and community-level experiences of residents in areas impacted by PFAS-contaminated drinking water, using interviews, media analysis, and ethnographic observation. The postdoctoral research associate will primarily assist with the Community Exposure Experience Study and PFAS Exchange components.
The postdoctoral research associate will also work on other Lab efforts, including an NSF grant on The New Chemical Class Activism: Mobilization Around Per- and Polyfluoralkyl Substances, which examines PFAS-related activism across the US and in some other countries. The Lab also maintains a major website (www.pfasproject.com), publishes a quarterly newsletter, provides oral and written testimony to federal and state legislatures, offers comments and other support to state regulators, and works with many nonprofit organizations on diverse PFAS issue.
The postdoctoral research associate will attend weekly SSEHRI meetings and bi-weekly meetings of the Transdisciplinary Training at the Intersection of Environmental Health and Social Science Training Program, benefiting from a thriving space for collaborations between life sciences and social sciences that train scholars for interdisciplinary collaborations that improve the study and remediation of environmental health issues. Additionally the postdoctoral research associate will have access to SSEHRI's multiple activities which include projects with Silent Spring Institute on biomonitoring, household exposure, and innovative methods of reporting individual data to participants and studying researchers' experience of that report-back. The postdoctoral research associate will have a regular mentor, opportunities for collaboration on existing research, involvement with other postdocs, multiple venues for presenting work in progress, the option to audit courses, ample opportunities to participate in grant and article writing, and opportunities for guest lecturing. This is a two year, grant funded position.
Northeastern University has a strong environmental health presence, including a Superfund Research Program, a Children's Environmental Health Center, R01 and R21 research grants, an NIEHS T32 Training Program, an NIEHS R-25 undergraduate Training Program, and several major grants with Silent Spring Institute.
Qualifications: We seek a social scientist, PhD in hand, with training and research experience in environmental health, community engagement, and the political economy of pollution. Qualitative research experience is necessary. Quantitative analysis, social network analysis, and/or GIS skills are preferred
Salary Grade: 10
Candidates should be prepared to attach a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and writing samples (published or unpublished). Three letters of reference, including one from the dissertation advisor, should be sent to: Professor Phil Brown, Northeastern University, 318INV, Boston, MA 02115 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion.
All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement, and interdisciplinary research that meets global and societal needs. Our broad mix of experience-based education programs?our signature cooperative education program, as well as student research, service learning, and global learning?build the connections that enable students to transform their lives. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools.