Saturday, January 18, 2014

Regulatory Science Fellowship at FDA

Below is information from the Society of Toxicology website that may be of interest to readers. 

The application is now open for mid-career professionals to apply for the US Food and Drug Administration’s (US FDA) Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship.
Spend a year in US FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) in Maryland and be a part of CTP’s mission to regulate the manufacture, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products and educate the public, especially young people, about tobacco products and its dangers.
Opportunities are available in the following CTP offices: Compliance and Enforcement, Health Communication and Education, Management, Regulations, Policy, and Science.
  • Actively participate in the development of science-based public health strategies,
  • Serve as the lead for defined projects,
  • Meet with policy leaders, and
  • Develop new competencies.
Fellows are awarded up to $95,000 based on salary history and may choose to enroll in a health insurance plan through the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which administers the program, or get reimbursed for a COBRA plan. Fellows with a sponsoring institution may be compensated for fringe benefits. In addition, each fellow may be eligible to receive a relocation fund (not to exceed $10,000) and may receive a monthly reimbursement of up to $50 to compensate for travel expenses related to fellowship meetings held offsite.
The application closes on March 3, 2014. Find out more and apply now!
US FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship
500 Fifth Street, NW
Keck WS 838
Washington, DC 20001

Friday, January 17, 2014

Positions at the EPA

Heidi Bethel sent me the following link about training opportunities at the National Center for Environmental Assessment at the EPA.  As described on the webpage, "graduate student, postgraduate or postdoctoral research project training opportunities are currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA). Appointments will be served in Arlington, Virginia; Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; or Cincinnati, Ohio."  More information can be found here.  Good luck. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Postdoctoral position at EPA

The National Center for Environmental Assessment of the EPA (through the ORISE program) is looking for a postdoctoral fellow in the area of landscape and climate indicators for assessing wetland stream connectivity.  Information that I received in an email is pasted below. 

Research Opportunity Description

Development of Landscape and Climate Indicators for Assessing Stream-Wetland Connectivity
Research Participation Program
Office of Research and Development
National Center for Environmental Assessment
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Arlington, VA


Project Description:

A postgraduate or postdoctoral research project training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA). This appointment will be served in Arlington, Virginia.

NCEA coordinates high priority, science based assessments for EPA. Examples include a draft review and synthesis on connectivity of streams and wetlands to downstream waters, the EPA’s Mountaintop Mining Assessment, the First Triennial Biofuels Report to Congress, and the draft Bristol Bay Assessment.

This project focuses on the development and validation of landscape and climate indicators for assessing connectivity of geographically isolated wetlands to stream networks, with case studies in multiple regions of the United States.

Through this training opportunity, the participant will be involved in the following activities:

Developing and validating methods and a set of GIS-based indicators, derived from climate, landscape, biological, and social metrics – as well as remote sensing products, such as LiDAR – to assess stream-wetland connectivity in various landscape settings
Comparing coarser nationally-derived datasets to higher resolution regional/site based indicator data in assessing stream-wetland connectivity
Classifying subregions or watershed units of differing connectivity based on aggregation of GIS-based indicators
Collaborating with process-based modeling efforts to integrate indicators and metrics into simulations of wetland-stream hydrologic connectivity.
The research participant will learn about the use of spatial indicators and develop approaches for assessing watershed connectivity at various spatial scales through the use of geospatial techniques.

This research training opportunity will provide an exceptional professional development opportunity by allowing agency-wide collaboration with various experts in a range of disciplines. The research participant will be encouraged to communicate his/her research results through peer-reviewed publications, presentations at meetings of professional societies, and seminars.

Geographically isolated wetlands (GIWs) can have important effects on the geomorphology, water chemistry, and biological integrity of downstream waters protected by the Clean Water Act. The incidence, type and magnitude of downstream connections from GIWs to stream and lake networks are controlled by numerous factors including climate, soil type, groundwater storage, density of surrounding aquatic features, biotic community composition and human alterations. However, finding generalizable trends or broad-based indicators of these connections has proven difficult and instead connectivity must often be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Development of improved methods for assessing stream-wetland connectivity across the U.S., along with broad-based indicators of connectivity from nationally available datasets, would be useful for scientists and managers alike.


Applicants must have received a master’s or doctoral degree within five years of the desired starting date, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the starting date. Degree disciplines for this project include landscape or spatial ecology, geography, ecohydrology, ecoinformatics, geoinformatics or a closely related field, with emphasis on water resources.

The program is open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran. U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status is preferred (but can also hold an appropriate visa status, however, an H1B visa is not appropriate).

The appointment is full-time for one year and may be renewed upon recommendation of EPA and subject to availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend. Funding may be made available to reimburse a research participant's travel expenses to present the results of his/her research at scientific conferences. No funding will be made available to cover travel costs for pre-appointment visits, relocation costs, tuition and fees, or a participant's health insurance. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. The participant does not become an EPA employee.

Technical Questions:

The contact for this project is Laurie Alexander (

How to Apply:

An application can be found at Please reference Project # EPA-ORD-DC-2014-01 when calling or writing for information.

CDC Internship in Environmental Health

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has announced an internship for graduate students.  Information on the program that I received in an email is pasted below.

2014 Summer Internship Opportunity Announcement 

CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) are offering a paid 10-week summer internship program for graduate students. The Graduate Environmental Health program (GEH) is available for graduate students with majors or interests deemed to be in support of environmental health missions at NCEH/ATSDR. During the program, interns will be assigned to projects that utilize the skills they’ve acquired through graduate studies and personal experiences. Interns will also be able to take advantage of lecture series and other opportunities offered at CDC/ATSDR. The number of intern positions is dependent on funds available. Interns will receive a stipend of approximately $780 while participating in this program. Applicants should have a passion for the environment and an eagerness to learn about the environment’s link to human health.

Important Dates
Application deadline: Wednesday, February 26, 2014
·         Program notifies applicant of selection: Friday, March 28, 2014
·         Selected applicant acceptance deadline: Wednesday, April 2, 2014
·         Internship dates: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 – Friday, August 15, 2014

Note: CDC/ATSDR will review applications and make final award selections.

Eligibility Requirements
1.       US Citizen or Permanent Resident with green card
Currently enrolled full-time as a graduate student in a degree granting program (Applicants must be returning to school following completion of the internship)
3.      Interests and/or studies that are applicable to the field of Environmental Health
4.      Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0
5.      Proof of health insurance

Please visit our website for more information and application instructions:

Questions? Please email Jay Nielsen or LT James Gooch at