Opportunity: Post-Doc Position, Beach Exposure and Child Health Study (BEACHES), University of Arkansas Public Health

A fully funded postdoctoral position is available starting January 1rst at the College of Public Health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock Arkansas. The position is funded through a consortium grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI). The goal of BEACHES is to improve estimates of uncertainty in children exposures and risks to Oil Spill Chemicals (OSC) during beach play. BEACHES will contribute to this goal by quantifying children exposures within the beach environment, and utilizing historical data from prior oil spills to create, test, and validate algorithms that describe time-space specific concentrations of OSCs to create an exposure modeling and estimation platform that can provide guidance that encourages safe beach use. The position is a two-year position. Some postdoctoral experience is a plus but not required. Required is a Ph.D. degree in Environmental Engineering, Exposure Science, Biostatistics, Computational Science or related fields. The following qualifications are required:

  • Excellent programming skills in R and SAS
  • Experience in data management and analysis
  • Knowledge of statistical methodologies and their application in health risk assessment

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work in an exciting area of research: Gulf Exposures Research. The candidate will also have the opportunity to travel to the University of Miami and the University of Texas (UT Health) to work with other post-docs in the consortium grant. One summer of the project involves travel to beach areas in the Gulf to collect project data.

Salary is commensurate with the field at 48K a year. Interested applicants should e-mail a curriculum vitae, a brief description of their research interests, and 3 letters of reference to: Dr. Alesia Ferguson, Environmental and Occupational health Department, College of Public Health, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 4301 West Markham, slot 820-11, Little Rock, AR 72205 or email aferguson@uams.edu or call 501 526 6662.

Little Rock is an exciting place to be, in a State known as the “Natural State” with many hiking, boating and other outdoor activities. This is a medium sized town that continues to develop. Housing and other cost area are reasonable. The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is the intersection of education, research and clinical programs and we are the only academic health center in the state with over 10,000 employees. We emphasize population health and we lead in health informatics and translational research.

Review of applications is ongoing until position filled.