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Post-Baccalaureate/Grad Fellowships – APHL

The Association of Public Health Laboratories has been awarded five years of funding by the CDC to establish a Fellowship program in multiple disciplines. The funds come from the American Rescue Plan, specifically to address the national shortage of public health scientists that has been experienced during the pandemic. There are eight Fellowship Tracks. Applications for the Summer cohort are due February 28th, 2022. The Environmental Health track has been advertised by Jill Taylor, Senior Adviser for Scientific Affairs, as being of particular interest for radiochemists.

Links to website for discipline specific information and a link for how to apply:

Bioinformatics                 https://www.aphl.org/fellowships/Pages/Bioinformatics.aspx

Biorisk Management     https://www.aphl.org/fellowships/Pages/biorisk.aspx

Environmental Health   https://www.aphl.org/fellowships/Pages/Environmental-Health.aspx

Food Safety                      https://www.aphl.org/fellowships/Pages/food-safety.aspx

Infectious Disease          https://www.aphl.org/fellowships/Pages/Infectious-Diseases-Laboratory-Fellowship-Program.aspx

Informatics                      https://www.aphl.org/fellowships/Pages/informatics.aspx

Quality Management    https://www.aphl.org/fellowships/Pages/quality-management.aspx

Newborn Screening       https://www.aphl.org/fellowships/Pages/PHL-NBS.aspx

Note: In the Environmental Health Track one lab has confirmed they are looking for a radiochemist.

The fellow will be assigned an independent research project in one of the following areas: environmental radiochemistry, radiological emergency response or radiobioassay. In addition to research, the fellow will also have opportunities to gain first-hand experience in radiological surveillance our lab conducts for New York State, network with other fellows and participate in graduate level courses though SUNY Albany.

About our lab:

The Wadsworth Center’s Nuclear Chemistry Laboratory (NCL) program has two objectives:  mandated radiological surveillance in NYS and research in radiological sciences. The surveillance program assesses exposure of the population to ionizing radiation and involves monitoring of the environment around nuclear power plants for fission products, as well as monitoring of drinking water supplies for natural radioactivity. Programs focusing on radiological emergency response to potential accidents or terrorism threats involving radioactivity are performed in cooperation with NYS agencies as well as with US FDA for radiological food protection. The research in radiological sciences is primarily concerned with the development of new and more sensitive methods to detect ionizing radiation in environmental, food, and bioassay samples, such as alpha and gamma spectrometry and liquid scintillation counting.

We are looking for a fellow with experience in chemistry and who is comfortable working with low-levels of radiation in an environmental laboratory setting. We would prefer a M.S. or Ph.D. level candidate, but may also consider a well-qualified B.S. level applicant.

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