Study Coordinator for CDC-funded water contamination and health study

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Silent Spring Institute
Newton, MA, United States
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
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Silent Spring Institute is hiring a study coordinator for a new study of health effects associated with PFAS exposures from drinking water in two communities in Massachusetts. This study is being conducted as part of the PFAS Multi-Site Health Study, funded and coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Silent Spring is partnering with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and community organizations. The results of this study will be combined with results from six other states. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to a major public health study that will advance our understanding of PFAS health effects.

Responsibilities include:

  • Play a leadership role on a committed, multidisciplinary team as we investigate the health effects that may occur in communities with PFAS drinking water contamination.
  • Contribute to and oversee recruitment of 1,300 participants (adults and children) and data collection in field offices in Hyannis and Ayer.
  • Standardize techniques for collecting biospecimens and interview data and training research staff on study protocols, data collection, and sample transfer.
  • Conduct interviews and neurobehavioral assessments with study participants.
  • Oversee database development in REDCap and implementation of data entry protocols for chemical and biomarker testing results and questionnaire data.
  • Support reconstruction of historical PFAS levels in public water supplies and individual PFAS exposures from drinking water over time.
  • Collaborate on statistical analysis under supervision of the PIs and other collaborators.
  • Assist PIs with securing IRB approvals, writing progress reports, writing manuscripts, and developing presentations for diverse scientific, policy, and lay audiences.
  • Coordinate regular communications and meetings among members of the study team and with community advisory boards, and help organize community events.

This is a full-time role based in our Newton office and will include frequent travel to Hyannis and Ayer, including some evenings and weekends. During COVID19 we are working remotely and maintaining contact through virtual platforms.

The ideal candidate would be a team player with demonstrated leadership skills, well-organized, detail-oriented, comfortable with diverse types of people, have excellent written and oral communications skills, and share a dedication to rigorous science in the public interest. Specific qualifications we’re seeking:

  • Experience coordinating environmental health or epidemiological research studies.
  • Experience with community-based participatory research.
  • Basic knowledge of data collection methods and analytical methods in public health.
  • Experience conducting in-person interviews to complete study questionnaires.
  • Proficiency in using computer applications for word processing, data entry and storage (such as REDCap), spreadsheet preparation, and statistical analysis (such as R).
  • Bachelor’s degree or MPH/MS in public health, environmental health (or related field) and/or equivalent work experience.
  • Candidates whose research, service to community and life experiences have prepared them to contribute meaningfully to our commitment to equity and justice.
  • Chemistry, epidemiology, engineering, and environmental fate and transport modeling coursework an asset.

To apply, send a cover letter describing your interests and experience related to this job, resume, writing sample, and copies of academic transcripts to Laura Borth at with “ATSDR study coordinator” in the subject line.

Benefits include a competitive salary consistent with academic settings, an intellectually stimulating and friendly workplace with a public interest mission, 4 weeks of vacation and 12 days sick leave per year, funding for classes and conferences to support staff development, and reimbursement for MBTA pass. Silent Spring pays 75% of health insurance premiums.

Silent Spring Institute is an independent non-profit research organization dedicated to identifying—and changing—the links between the environment and women's health, especially breast cancer. Our research focuses on breast cancer and environmental pollutants, especially hormone disruptors and animal mammary gland carcinogens. We develop and apply new technologies to differentiate hazardous and safer chemicals, to measure exposures, and to identify effective exposure reduction strategies. We are funded by grants from the NIH, EPA, CDC, and other federal and state agencies, as well as private foundations and charitable contributions. Our publications list is here.  Silent Spring Institute is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and we strongly encourage applicants from groups who are traditionally under-represented in STEM.