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Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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9/8/2017 4:00:20 PM
Baltimore, MD US

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Our 22,000 employees work at the forefront of scientific innovation to tackle critical challenges in security, human health, manufacturing, energy and environmental management. Battelle’s work is grounded in the belief that science, technology and a passion for excellence can make industries more competitive and the world a better place.


We are currently seeking a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. This position located in Baltimore, Maryland.


The Public Health Improvement and Response (PHI&R) business unit has an opening within the Battelle Public Health Center for Tobacco Research (PHCTR) Group for a Postdoctoral Research Staff Member. The Battelle PHCTR has operated at the forefront of tobacco and nicotine research for decades, as a trusted research provider for the NIH, CDC, FDA, EPA, and other public and private entities, bringing together the world’s best researchers, facilities, and methods to help the public health community understand the range of tobacco and nicotine products available, how consumers use those products, and the risks associated with them. Research is grounded in solid, objective science and proven methods and focuses on some of today’s most critical and complicated clinical and behavioral questions. Battelle PHCTR researchers are credited with the identification of new biomarkers of tobacco exposure and the development of new product characterization methodologies, aerosol measurement technologies, in vivo study methods, and behavioral methodologies.



Research is conducted by leading experts in behavioral science, analytical and physical chemistry, pharmacology, psychology, toxicology, substance abuse, and related disciplines to answer complex health questions. This position is part of a highly collaborative team of professionals who work synergistically to provide creative ideas and proven solutions to our clients. The ability to work as an integrated part of a multi-disciplinary team is essential for success in this position.


Using data from across Battelle PHCTR’s research portfolio, the incumbent will be expected to generate research reports and peer-reviewed journal papers, making written and verbal communication of utmost importance. Specific research data available for analysis are those relating to product characterization, smoking topography studies, human exposure studies, user behavior, user perception, and dependence and withdrawal. Prior publication authorship is required to demonstrate journal writing competency.




The training objectives are to: 1) develop an enhanced foundation in tobacco research and tobacco regulatory science; 2) develop skills for communicating, networking and collaborating with scientists and regulatory agencies; and 3) design and conduct an independent research project. The fellowship is grounded in a mentored research experience and will entail: 1) development and implementation of a research project, 2) an extramural grant application; and 3) the writing and publishing of papers.


The selected candidate will have the opportunity to work alongside a multi-disciplinary team of scientists studying substance abuse. Each fellow will be collaboratively mentored by one or more core faculty with tobacco research expertise in behavioral pharmacology, treatment development and implementation, health communications, and chemistry. Opportunities exist to receive mentorship with core faculty with expertise in other substances, including marijuana, opioids, and alcohol.


Examples of responsibilities of the post-doctoral fellow include:

  • Study Conceptualization and Design
    • Literature review
    • Development of logic models related to behavior change
    • Develop research protocols, Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) applications
    • Design data collection instruments, including screeners, surveys, in-depth interview guides, and moderator guides
  • Study Implementation/Data Collection
    • Conduct communication research through focus groups, in-depth interviews, social media listening, surveys, etc.
    • Clinic data collection
  • Data analysis
    • Analyze qualitative and quantitative data to answer research questions and identify themes
  • Scientific inference and dissemination of results
    • Interpret results and write manuscripts
    • Publish results of analysis of clinical, behavioral data analysis in peer-reviewed journals
    • Manuscript and presentation development




  • Recent PhD in Behavioral Science, Physical Science and Toxicology, Public Health, Health Ethics or a closely related field, completed within the last five years
  • Demonstrated experience performing complex analysis of prospective data collected from human subjects
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate in English to an international scientific audience
  • Strong record of productive and creative research demonstrated by publications in peer reviewed journals and presentations at scientific conferences
  • Ability to work independently, multi-task, set priorities and meet deadlines, and the ability to effectively work collaboratively in a multidisciplinary team environment
  • Incumbent must perform all assignments in accordance with ES&H, security, and business practice requirements and policies
  • Working knowledge of tobacco regulatory science




  • The appointment length will be up to 24 months with the potential for extension. Initial appointments and extensions are subject to performance and availability of funding.
  • Please provide a list of publications when applying for this position. Three letters of reference are required. 




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