Postdoc Position available at Northeastern’s Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute

Northeastern University’s Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute, in collaboration with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Department of Health Sciences, seeks a postdoctoral research associate to help shape the new Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI), which began in July 2012. This is a one-year postdoctoral position. SSEHRI has many funded projects, and aims to build a thriving space for collaborations between life sciences and social sciences that train scholars for interdisciplinary collaborations that effectively improve the study and remediation of environmental health questions. The postdoc will develop their own research in the social study of environmental health issues with the assistance of the Institute’s interdisciplinary research group. The postdoc will have a regular mentor, opportunities for collaboration on existing research, involvement with other postdocs, multiple venues for presenting work in progress, the option to take or audit courses, and opportunities for guest lecturing.

Additionally the postdoctoral research associate will play a major role in carrying out the Institute’s multiple activities which include: 1) biomonitoring and household exposure, including innovative methods of reporting individual data to participants ; 2) conducting the NSF-funded “Research Training Program – New Directions in Environmental Ethics: Emerging Contaminants, Emerging Technologies, and Beyond”, which trains postdocs and doctoral students, and developing an NIH training grant to extend that work; 3) developing curriculum on environmental health for social scientists, and social science for environmental health scientists, to be offered via website and CDs; 4) studying researchers’ experience of social science-life science collaboration; 5) integrating comprehensive doctoral training in environmental sociology to make Northeastern the premier location for such training; 6) networking environmental health communities with faculty and students for research and internships; 7) developing and studying the use of low-cost tools for community-based environmental monitoring; 8) working with Hospitals for a Healthy Environment in Rhode Island and Health Care Without Harm on greening the health care system in collaboration with hospitals, professional associations, unions, food organizations, state and local government agencies, and green architecture and building groups; 9) becoming a campus-wide resource for teaching research ethics, cultural competence, and community-based participatory research, including the NSF-funded Northeast Ethics Education Partnership for Research Ethics. Northeastern University has a strong environmental health presence, including a Superfund Research Program, and several major grants with Silent Spring Institute. This position offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

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Candidates should be prepared to attach a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, writing samples (published or unpublished). Three letters of reference, including one from your dissertation advisor should be sent to: Professor Phil Brown, Northeastern University, 318 INV, Boston, MA 02115 or by e-mail to

The start date of this position is flexible and will be determined at the time an offer is made. Review of applications will begin immediately and the search will remain open until the position is closed or filled. For additional information write Phil Brown at: