Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment - Durham

2864 20763
Position ID:Duke-NSOE-Durham-POSTDOC_STAPLETON [#20763, 3820]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Environmental Health
Chemistry / Analytical
Appl Deadline: finished (2021/12/09, finished 2022/07/01, listed until 2022/06/09)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***


Duke University invites applications for a fulltime Postdoctoral Associate to join an active research team focused on environmental exposures and children’s health and development. The Scholar will work closely with Dr. Heather Stapleton and Dr. Kate Hoffman, and will have the opportunity to work on several different research projects addressing residential contaminant exposures. Applicants with backgrounds in analytical chemistry, epidemiology, environmental health, or exposure assessment are encouraged to apply.

Position Details:

Dr. Stapleton and Dr. Hoffman have several federally funded research projects addressing exposure to environmental contaminants in Durham, North Carolina. Projects include developing and validating exposure assessment tools, contaminant source identification, exposure reduction interventions, and evaluation of exposure and health effects relationships (i.e., reproductive health, birth outcomes and neurodevelopment) in the Project HOPE 1000 pregnancy cohort. Dr. Stapleton and Dr. Hoffman will work with the postdoc to identify specific funded research objectives, which they will lead. The candidate will be expected to serve as a project manager and coordinate home visits for data collection, environmental sampling and supervising research staff. Other duties will depend on the Scholar’s prior experience but may include sample analyses, data analysis, or supervising and mentoring students. The position is available for two years, with a possibility of extension. The postdoc will receive dedicated mentoring and training and have opportunities to develop independent research, present at professional conferences, and apply for grant funding.


Qualifications include a PhD or equivalent in analytic or environmental chemistry, environmental health, epidemiology, biostatistics, or a closely related discipline. The successful candidate should be highly organized and have excellent oral and written communication skills, strong quantitative skills and a demonstrated interest in exposure science.

Highly desirable areas of prior experience include: • Research experience in sample collection and analysis for organic contaminants or biomarkers of exposure using mass spectrometry • Experience developing new sample preparation methods or LC or GC based mass spectrometry methods, particularly nontargeted mass spectrometry methods • Experience with epidemiologic study design and implementations, particularly working with study participants • Specific, community-engaged environmental justice research experience • Data management experience and statistical expertise, particularly related to environmental mixtures

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Informal inquiries are also encouraged, and additional project details are available upon request. Feel free to reach out to Heather Stapleton at heather.stapleton@duke.edu, or Kate Hoffman at kate.hoffman@duke.edu.

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