Assistant Research Scientist / Engineer

The University of Iowa

Job Reference #: 21004857

The Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC) Assistant Research Scientist/Engineer will contribute to CHEEC’s research program related to environmental organic chemical contaminants and their impact on human health.

This person will operate and maintain a newly acquired liquid chromatography with triple quadrupole (QQQ) tandem mass spectrometry in the recently established CHEEC analytical laboratory.

Beyond instrument operation and routine maintenance, they will also contribute to collection and processing of environmental and biological samples for CHEEC, while also supporting sample preparation and analysis through the High Resolution Mass Spectrometry Facility, a shared research core under the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) at the University of Iowa.

The Assistant Research Scientist/Engineering is also expected to contribute to the drafting of research proposals that will help secure federal/private funding for CHEEC. They will also represent CHEEC at public and professional environmental health meetings, and may represent CHEEC at legislative meetings and policy discussions as requested.

For additional information and a detailed job description, please visit the departmental website at:


  • Education or Equivalency Required
  • A PhD in public health, environmental health, environmental chemistry, environmental engineering or related field
  • Demonstrated experience facilitating partnerships and participating in / coordinating multi-faceted research projects.
  • Excellent oral communication skills, and demonstrated writing proficiency.
  • Possession of a valid state or commercial driver's license, and ability to meet University Fleet Safety Standards.

Desirable Qualifications: 

  • 3+ years of experience in a public health or environmental health field.
  • Familiarity with environmental sample collection, including design and implementation of field investigations related to environmental quality.
  • Experience with the processing and clean-up of complex environmental and biological samples, including all associated QA/QC activities.
  • Prior work with liquid chromatography with quadruple tandem mass spectrometry, including method development and analysis of resulting datasets.
  • A track record of publication, including peer-reviewed articles, technical reports and opinion/editorial (op-ed) pieces.
  • Experience with writing grant or contract proposals, and experience in the grant review process.

Application Instructions:

  • Include your driver’s license information under the Experience & Credentials section, as a license.
  • Upload cover letter and resume and mark them as a “Relevant File” to the submission:

About the Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination:
The University of Iowa Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC) supports and conducts research to identify, measure and study adverse health outcomes related to exposure to environmental toxins. CHEEC was established through the 1987 Iowa Groundwater Protection Act and has focused its efforts to date mainly on drinking water contaminants.

A primary activity of CHEEC involves maintaining environmental databases designs for environmental health research. CHEEC is involved in a variety of epidemiologic studies of rural and urban populations in Iowa, mainly focused on drinking water contaminants and health effects.

Since the fall of 1988, the CHEEC Seed Grant Program has funded over 145 pilot studies in a wide range of environmental research areas, including biodegradation of toxic substances and bioremediation of contaminated environments, laboratory measurement, sampling methods, design and on-site monitoring, database development, health survey design and statistical analyses of environmental exposures and chronic health outcomes.

Ongoing educational programs take advantage of cooperative relationships CHEEC has established with Iowa state agencies and other University research centers to sponsor seminars and conferences on a variety of environmental health issues.

Contact: Sarah Tillman,

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Job openings are posted for a minimum of 14 calendar days and may be removed from posting and filled any time after the original posting period has ended. Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, and verification of a valid state or commercial driver’s license, and ability to meet University Fleet Safety Standards. Up to 5 professional references will be requested at a later step in the recruitment process.

Job ID: 77278

Posted 4 days ago

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