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Northeastern University

Postdoctoral Research Associate – Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI)

Requisition Number: STFR001141

Division/College: College of Social Sciences and Humanities

FT/PT: Full Time

Grade: 10

Position Summary:

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, with potential for renewal for a second year. Led by Dr. Phil Brown, SSEHRI is a long-standing research group that originated with the Contested Illnesses Research Group at Brown University, which it started in 1999 and has pioneered in collaborations between life scientists and social scientists. SSEHRI has many funded projects, and maintains an ongoing connection with the Contested Illnesses Research Group. SSEHRI aims to build a thriving space for collaborations between life sciences and social sciences that trains 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 in coordination with Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (; 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, a collaboration with Brown University’s Children’s Environmental Health Center, and several major grants with Silent Spring Institute. This position offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

To apply, click on the Apply to This Job link at the top of the page if reading this on the NU website. If reading this ad elsewhere, go to and select Professional, Management and Staff Positions and then scroll to or search for this position. 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 applicatons will begin immediately and the search will remain open until the position is closed or filled. For additional information write Phil Brown at:


The PhD must be received prior to beginning the appointment. Degrees may come from any discipline, and preference will be given to those with experience in environmental health and environmental justice.

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: Careers@Northeastern

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.

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Postdoctoral Research Associate – Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute (SSEHRI)