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Postdoctoral Fellow in Tobacco Regulatory Science


The Ohio State University’s Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (OSU-TCORS) invites applications from individuals interested in obtaining postdoctoral research experience in the areas of:
1. Regulatory policy, behavioral health (psychology, sociology, communications, or economics) biostatistics, epidemiology, and other population science.
2. Regulatory policy, analytical chemistry, environmental health sciences, and toxicology.
OSU-TCORS, located in Columbus, is one of 7 TCORS established by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The 7 Centers conduct research needed to ensure that U.S. tobacco regulatory actions are based on sound and relevant scientific evidence.

The postdoctoral training program in tobacco regulatory science research will include: 1) a specialized curriculum, 2) mentored research, and 3) development of a grant proposal. The specialized curriculum will include core didactic training in tobacco regulatory science, population health, research ethics, grant writing, and health equity. To facilitate transdisciplinary training, trainees will be matched with at least two mentors from different but complementary disciplines.

Postdoctoral trainees will gain research experience by working on OSU-TCORS research projects. Through the integrative theme, “Flipping the Script”: Using the Industry’s Nicotine Playbook to Maximize Public Health, the OSU-TCORS will use the consumer response model to understand how industry nicotine manipulations in electronic cigarettes (ECs) and oral nicotine pouches (ONPs) are impacting product appeal, abuse liability, and toxicity. The projects will inform product standards and marketing regulations on nicotine that will dissuade youth from using ECs and ONPs but still provide a satisfying and less harmful alternative for adult tobacco users. The OSU-TCORS projects will inform the following scientific FDA priority domains: Product Composition and Design, Toxicity, Addiction, Health Effects, Behavior, and Marketing Influences.

Program Eligibility
We are looking for individuals with a PhD, DrPH, MD, or equivalent to work on Projects 1 and 2 (descriptions found here). OSU-TCORS offers competitive salary and benefits, opportunities for pilot research support, and resources to support travel to scientific meetings. Prior relevant research and a strong commitment to a research program in tobacco regulatory science are desirable. Applicants will be considered for admission based on the quality of academic doctoral or professional school preparation and the rigor of their research. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Applications are being accepted now and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. A position could begin as early as May 1, 2024. Applications should include the following: 1) All graduate or professional school transcripts; 2) A statement of research interests and goals to be accomplished through the training period; 3) Curriculum vitae; and 4) Three letters of recommendation (including one from dissertation advisor or equivalent).

Applications (and questions) should be sent to:
Amy Ferketich and Darren Mays
OSU-TCORS Career Enhancement Core Co-Directors

Location: Columbus,
Job Type: Full-time


Contact: Amy K. Ferketich
Phone: 6142927326

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