Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Prue Talbot Awarded Grant to Study Coronavirus-related Infection

Prof. Prue Talbot, a Environmental Toxicology faculty member, has recently been awarded a seed grant to study the effect of electronic cigarettes on the Angiotensin converting enzyme-2 receptor on the respiratory epithelium, leading to more binding sites for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, and increasing the possibility of infection.  More information can be found at the InsideUCR webpage.  Our congratulations to Prue and her research group.  We wish them success.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Roxana Coreas Selected for UC President's Pre-professoriate Fellowship

Roxana Coreas, an ETOX PhD student working with Prof. Wenwan Zhong, was selected for a new Pre-Professoriate Fellowship created by the President of the University of California.  The fellowship is part of a newly established UC-Hispanic Serving Institutions Doctoral Diversity Initiative which aims to enhance faculty diversity and pathways to the professoriate for underrepresented students from California Hispanic Serving Institutions.  Our congratulations to Roxana for this nice recognition.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Toxicologist position at FDA in College Park, MD

A staff fellow position for a regulatory review scientist is currently available in the FDA Office of Food Additive Safety (OFAS), Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN). The position requires a Ph.D. in toxicology, pharmacology, biology, or similar field with relevance to public health. In addition to the forestated qualifications, the applicant must have experience in reproductive/teratologic toxicology and metabolism. 

OFAS’s mandate is to ensure that food ingredients and additives are safe for their intended use. More information on OFAS can be found at the FDA website:

Some of the duties include:

  • Review and technical evaluation of regulatory and scientific issues regarding food ingredients, direct additives and indirect additives.
  • Review reproductive/developmental toxicology study data (including teratology data) and metabolism data related to safety evaluation of food ingredients, direct additives, and indirect additives
  • Evaluates toxicological data and information submitted to the Agency by notifiers, petitioners, or from other sources, which pertain to the safety of food ingredients and additives.

Additional information on the staff fellow program is available at Please submit CVs for consideration or additional questions regarding the open position to Jason Aungst at

Monday, April 20, 2020

EPA Looking to Fill Multiple Positions in North Carolina

The EPA is hosting a series of hiring webinars to give the public an overview of the U.S. EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention (OCSPP) and tell them about the 30+ positions that it is currently recruiting to fill in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. The next webinar is scheduled for Thursday, April 23, 2:00 pm (EST) and the 3rd is scheduled for Thursday, April 30 at 2 pm (EST). Here is the link to the webinars. More information from the EPA is below.

OCSPP Job Opportunities:
We are currently recruiting a team of interdisciplinary scientists to work on TSCA risk assessment requirements and pesticide risk assessments. We are seeking scientists with backgrounds in toxicology, biology, chemistry, physical science, engineering, and epidemiology to support the expansion of the office beyond the Washington, DC metropolitan area. At the entry level of these positions, you will review, research, and analyze data related to understanding the hazards, exposure, fate and transport, and the potential for exposure and risk during manufacture, processing, and use of chemicals, pesticides, nanomaterials and biological agents, and support risk management efforts. Starting salary for a GS-9 employee is $54,976.00 per year at Step 1. Starting salary for a GS-11 employee is $66,515.00 per year at Step 1. To learn more about EPA’s chemical safety office, please visit: For information on federal benefits, visit:

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Toxicologist Positions at the EPA Region 8 Office in Denver, CO

The US Environmental Protection Agency is searching for toxicologists to fill positions in their Region 8 office in Denver, CO.  These require a bachelors degree with training in the sciences and coursework in toxicology. Both also appear to require one year of work or volunteer experience.  More information can be found here and here.  Note that the deadlines for applications are April 14 and April 21. [Our thanks to UCR alumnus Patrick Wilson who passed on the information about the positions.]

Internships for Graduate Students at the EPA

The US Environmental Protection Agency has paid internship positions available at its Washington, DC offices.  The positions are described as being in administration and are limited to US citizens.  The deadline for applications is tomorrow, April 9, 2020 so if interested you will need to move fast.  More information can be found here

Friday, March 27, 2020

Postdoctoral Positions at the EPA

The US Environmental Protection Agency has multiple open postdoctoral positions in areas related to environmental toxicology.  These include positions in their Center for Computational Toxicology and Exposure, the Center for Environmental Measurement and Modeling, and their Center for Public Health and Environmental Assessment.  More details can be found here.  Applications will be accepted until April 16, 2020.  [My thanks to my colleague Sunni Ivey for the information.]