Job Posting for Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Environmental Toxicologist

TitleEnvironmental Toxicologist

Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

The Environmental Analyst I will support the day-to-day biomonitoring activities in the Bureau of Environmental Health’s (BEH) Environmental Toxicology Program. The incumbent will be responsible for working with the Environmental Toxicology Program (ETP) Director, ETP Assistant Director, and the Biomonitoring Study Staff. This individual should be familiar with the technical aspects of environmental exposure, including: assessing human exposure to environmental chemicals, interpreting biomonitoring and other analytical chemistry data; and comparing biomonitoring data with national data (e.g. e.g., NHANES data). The ideal candidate should be familiar with environmental exposure investigations, including appropriate consent form procedures, and participant enrollment.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Assist with the implementation of procedures and protocols that include methods for participant selection and enrollment.
  • Assist with the management of large volumes of study data.
  • Assist with the development of participant questionnaires.
  • Assist with biomonitoring sample collection to include transportation of sampling supplies, and transportation of collected samples (e.g., urine and blood).
  • Evaluate environmental exposure data.
  • Assist with the organization of meetings with project staff and senior management.
  • Conduct scientific literature reviews.
  • Evaluate readily available biomonitoring data (e.g., NHANES data).
  • Represent MDPH/BEH at required internal or external meetings on biomonitoring or related topics as needed.
  • Prepare high quality draft technical reports on biomonitoring findings.
  • Analyze environmental data relevant to biomonitoring, e.g., site specific environmental data.
  • Summarize environmental biomonitoring and compare results to known toxicity thresholds and population background levels.
  • Assist with the preparation of detailed and accurate draft technical reports summarizing biomonitoring data and produce educational materials summarizing technical issues for a variety of audiences.
  • Assemble and review scientific research and findings related to environmental toxicology areas.
  • Interpret and critique study reports and prepare summaries for review by supervisor and senior management.
  • Conduct telephone inquiries of the general public regarding environmental toxicology related topics.
  • Provide technical support to other BEH or MDPH programs.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of basic risk assessment, toxicology, epidemiology, and statistical principles.
  • Strong writing skills with an ability to write clearly and concisely.
  • Experience in public health research and analysis.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to understand and explain to lay audiences information contained in technical environmental public health documents.
  • Knowledge of a variety of computer software programs (e.g., MS Word, Access, Excel, Power Point).
  • Familiarity with statistical software (e.g., R, SAS, SPSS).
  • Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential information.
  • Qualifications Essential at Hire
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of environmental science and public health.
  • Knowledge of the terminology and standard abbreviations used in environmental science and public health
  • Knowledge of the entry and fate of acute toxins in the human body.
  • Knowledge of mathematical computations used in solving environmental problems.
  • Knowledge of the methods used in the preparation of charts, graphs and tables.
  • Ability to prepare technical and general reports
  • Ability to prepare and use charts, graphs and tables.
  • Ability to give oral and written instructions in a precise, understandable manner.
  • Ability to assemble items of information according to established procedures.
  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others.
  • Ability to deal tactfully with others.
  • Ability to establish rapport with others.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to adapt to varying situations.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle.

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