Postdoctoral Fellow-ECHO Study-Magzamen Lab

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
26 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
23 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Summary

This postdoctoral position would join a team of epidemiologists and exposure scientists to understand the role of environmental exposures in utero and in early childhood on chronic disease development. Healthy Start is a prospective birth cohort based at the Anschutz Medical Campus at the University of Colorado-Denver. The Healthy Start Cohort was one of 35 research programs funded by the NIH Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Study ( The ECHO funding will allow for additional data collection the cohort, including features of the ambient, built and social environments. The environmental data collection and development is a joint endeavor by researchers at the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado-Denver and Colorado State University.

This position will be primarily responsible for the development of air pollution models and estimates for the study area. Specific research activities will include development of a spatio-temporal ambient pollutant model, estimation of infiltration rates from indoor/outdoor pollution sampling, linkage of exposure biomarker data to other data sources, in addition to development of analytic strategies related to environmental exposures and developmental outcomes related to prenatal markers, birth outcomes, growth and development, and onset of chronic disease. The postdoctoral fellow will be involved in fieldwork campaigns, data collection and management, data analysis, and dissemination of research findings through manuscript authorship and presentation of findings at professional meetings. Postdoctoral fellows on the project are also encouraged and mentored to develop new proposals and research initiatives to support additional research.

This position is a two-year appointment with the possibility of extension.

Required Job Qualifications

Doctoral degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Statistics, Environmental Health, or closely-related field (have the degree or soon to have the degree – chosen candidate must have degree by start date of employment).

Exceptional statistical programming and data management skills.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Experience in or desire to learn: human subjects research, environmental exposure assessment, analyses of clinical and subclinical health data, geographical information systems, spatial and temporal data analyses, including experience/interest in spatial statistics, primary data collection, data management, data analysis; demonstrated communication skills (written and oral);

Organizational and time management skills;

Supervisory experience;

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

Programming experience in or desire to learn R and 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

Project Management


Carry out tasks related to the conduct of the research study,
Including data collection and data analysis.

Responsible for development and creation of an air pollution model that will inform research questions for the grant team.

Data collection, data organization, data analysis (with consultation from project researchers), and data documentation.

Dissemination of data findings to research team members, as well as for communication to the ECHO consortium and for publication in peer review journals.

The data that needs to be collected and managed are the following: fixed site air pollution monitor data (collected from secondary sources), project-related air pollution data (collected from three six-week field campaigns), organization of geospatial data, including land use, housing information, road networks, topography, and sociodemographic data, chemical analysis data resulting from the field campaigns, meteorologic data, collected from secondary sources.

Analysis will require the following: proficiency with statistical software packages and creation and execution of code to create spatio-temporal air pollution surfaces for the study area in Denver.

In Year 1 of the postdoctoral position, the employee will focus the project management tasks on these two areas exclusively. In Year 2, a greater focus will be spent on writing and dissemination of findings, and informing other project partners of findings through data sharing and collaboration.

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Train and mentor graduate and undergraduate students,

Track training and certification requirements,

Assist in leading fieldwork campaigns.

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

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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 22, 2017 for full consideration. Contact Jean Runyan with questions about the application process:

Conditions of Employment

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

Search Contact

Sheryl Magzamen -

EEO Statement

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