Colorado State University Postdoctoral Fellow-EPA STAR in Fort Collins, Colorado

Posting Detail Information

Working Title Postdoctoral Fellow-EPA STAR

Research Professional Position Yes

Posting Number 201800319AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Number of Vacancies 1

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range 50,000-60,000

Desired Start Date

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Posting Date

Open Until Filled Yes

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 04/30/2018

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences (ERHS) houses academic, research and clinical programs that address the promotion of human and animal health. The mission of the department is to deliver excellent education in environmental and radiological health to prepare students to contribute to society; to conduct state of the art research in human and animal health focusing on environmental exposures and clinical applications; and to promote excellence in outreach and service to the citizens of Colorado, the United States, and globally through information transfer, research, continuing education and technical assistance. ERHS is unique in its multifactorial approach to disease that involves chemical, physical, and biological factors. ERHS provides undergraduate and graduate programs leading to BS, MS and PhD degrees.

Position Summary

The postdoctoral fellow would join a multidisciplinary team (epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, and human development) to understand the role of multiple chemical, physical and social factors on adverse health outcomes in infancy and early childhood. This study, funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, under the “Using a Total Environment Framework to Assess Life-long Health Effects of Chemical Exposures” RFA, seeks to implement novel statistical approaches to address multiple environmental exposures in a linked, longitudinal administrative cohort of approximately 17,000 children in the urban areas of Southeast Wisconsin. The postdoctoral fellow will be primarily responsible for data analyses that integrate household-level and community-level primary and secondary data on air pollution, housing stock, lead exposure and social environment to address respiratory, neurocognitive and injury outcomes. Specific research activities will include database development, data analyses, and dissemination of research findings to project partners, development of peer-reviewed manuscripts, and presentation of findings at professional meetings. Postdoctoral fellow on the project are also encouraged and mentored to develop new proposals and research initiatives to support complementary research endeavors.

This is a two-year appointment with the option to continue for a third year based on performance.

Required Job Qualifications

Doctoral degree in epidemiology, biostatistics or statistics with strong interest in environmental health

Application and development of methods for multiple environmental exposures

Excellent R programming skills and database management skills.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Experience with and interest in analyses using individual, household or community-based physical or environmental exposures (e.g. air pollution, built environment, poverty) and spatial statistics.

Excellent organizational and time management skills;

The ability to work independently and within collaborative, multidisciplinary teams.

Programming experience in or desire to learn Python.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Data Management and Analysis


Carry out tasks related to the conduct of the research study, primarily statistical analysis of project data. Responsible for the development and creation of epidemiologic models that incorporate physical, chemical, and social environmental exposures on three primary health outcomes for analysis: respiratory, neurocognitive, and injury. Health data that will need to be managed will come from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (Medicaid Records, Women, Infants And Children (WIC) program, and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP). Exposure data will be collected by the postdoctoral fellow from publicly available sources (e.g. US Census) and from research products from other group members (e.g. air pollution models, built environment data). Analyses will require the following: proficiency with statistical software packages and creation and execution of code to conduct analyses for single and multiple pollutant exposures.

Percentage Of Time 70

Job Duty Category Communication


Dissemination of research findings in peer-review literature and through presentation of findings at professional conferences.

Percentage Of Time 30

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Interested applicants must submit a letter of interest addressing the required and preferred qualifications; a curriculum vitae; and contact information for three professional references, (please include name, email address, and telephone number). References will not be contacted without prior notification to candidates. Applications must be received by April 30, 2018 for full consideration. Contact Jean Runyan with questions about the application process:

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

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EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Cover Letter

Optional Documents