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Tox Track, 7/14/16

Weekly Newsletter of the MSU Institute for Integrative Toxicology
Director: Dr. Norbert Kaminski / Editor: Lauren St.John

July 14, 2016, Vol. 39, Number 14

EITS Course Notice / Funding / Learning Opportunities / Job Postings


EITS Course Notice

Please note that beginning Fall 2016, students wanting to enroll in only the Pharmacokinetics section of PHM 801 (formerly “module 1”) should enroll in PHM 980, section 302. Students who enroll in PHM 980 will be in class with those enrolled in PHM801 from the beginning of the Fall semester until Wednesday, October 12. Class meetings will be Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 8:00am-8:50am in B448 Life Science Building. Please contact Adelle Simmons, with any questions.



The SOT is addressing the diversity in preparation required for entry of graduate students into the modern workforce by offering Supplemental Training for Education Program (STEP). This pilot program will enable outstanding doctoral students to pursue training in identified areas of professional/scientific development that are necessary for them to achieve their career goals but outside the immediate scope of their graduate training and research program.

A strong application will propose participation in a workshop or event that clearly addresses unmet needs to elevate the applicant’s probability of achieving the planned career track. The Education Committee will give priority to students proposing activities/courses distinct from those offered by their home institution.

Approximately five awards of up to $1,000 each will be given this year to support travel and registration of highly meritorious applicants selected based on academic record, personal statement on relevance of the proposed professional activity to career goals, and advisor’s supporting recommendation.

To download the award description and application, please visit: Deadlines are May 1 and October 9. 


Learning Opportunities

PHM 980: The Communication of Science and Risk/Uncertainty in the Current Media Landscape
Fall semester, 2016, a one-credit seminar course will be offered entitled “The Communication of Science and Risk/Uncertainty in the Current Media Landscape” (PHM 980).  The course is open to students in biomedical Ph.D. programs.  It will fulfill the Topics in Toxicology requirement for the Environmental and Integrative Toxicological Sciences doctoral program. This course explores science and risk communication at practical and theoretical levels.  

Students will:

  1. understand key concepts and gain skills for communicating scientific issues through various media, with an emphasis on risk from chemicals and other exposures and uncertainties surrounding such risk.
  2. gain an appreciation for how risk communication can influence public perception of safety.
  3. think critically about the role of scientists in society and how this is impacted by public engagement and professional engagement with policy makers.
  4. think critically about the social and ethical implications of risk communication and engagement through different media outlets.

The course will be offered on Mondays from September 19th - November 7th from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm in the Life Sciences Building, Room B448. Course will be part lecture and part discussion/workshop based. Lecturers include:  Jamie Bernard (Toxicology), Sarah Hendrickson (Improvisation for Scientists), Bruno Takahashi (Environmental Science Journalism), Mark Largent (Environment and Public Policy), Kevin Elliot (Ethical and Social Issues in Risk Communication). Discussions topics include: sunscreen, lead, Zika, GMOs, vaccines, endocrine disruptors.  Grading: 65% attendance, 25% discussions, 10% writing assignment.


Job Postings

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Remediation and Redevelopment Division, Entry Level Toxicologist (Toxicologist 9-P11)

The MDEQ has an opening for an entry level Toxicologist 9-P11 position.  This position is a permanent full-time position located in Constitution Hall, Lansing, MI.  The position is open to all applicants who must apply through NEOGOV.

The general purpose and function of this position is to provide toxicological and risk assessment expertise at the entry through journeyperson level to division and department staff, consultants, the regulated community, and to the general public.  The person in this position will assess the risks and hazards of chemical contaminants present in the soil, groundwater, soil gas, and indoor air at Superfund, Part 201, and Part 213 facilities and will review risk assessments, site-specific criteria proposals, remedial investigations, closure reports and other documents related to the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated properties.  This person is responsible for developing and updating the generic cleanup criteria and providing related information. 

The person in this position will develop a specific expertise in the vapor intrusion pathway i.e., the migration of volatile hazardous substances from contaminated groundwater or soil to the indoor air environment.  The focus of this knowledge will be used to assess the risks at vapor intrusion sites across the state and assist with the development of soil gas, groundwater and soil criteria or screening levels for the pathway.  The knowledge gained for this pathway may lead to a Toxicology Specialist position.

Interested candidates are invited to visit

for additional information on Job #7601-16-RRD-055 and/or submit an application.  Applications must be submitted no later than COB July 22, 2016.  The State of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Public Health Scientist (Environmental Public Health Program Manager PCN 06-1691), Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

Open Date:  07/08/16    
Closing Date:   07/25/16 05:00 PM
Position Open To:  All Applicants          
Job Type:  Full Time
Range:  22       
Salary:   $6,508.00 /Month
Department:  Health & Social Services  
Division:  Public Health
Location:  Anchorage   
Bargaining Unit:  Supervisory

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), Division of Public Health (DPH), Section of Epidemiology, is recruiting for an Environmental Public Health Program Manager.

The Environmental Public Health Program evaluates the possible hazards to human health associated with toxic substances in the environment. Epidemiological studies and toxicological risk assessments are used to evaluate human exposures to hazardous substances and potential health risks. Learn more about the program's activities and hot topics at

We are a team of employees who demonstrate a vision for public health improvement, ensure all Alaskans have the opportunity to lead healthy lives, exemplify ethical conduct, apply the best available health information and strategies, and are committed to continuously and enthusiastically working to achieve the best health for Alaskans and their communities.

The Environmental Public Health Program is within the Division of Public Health's Section of Epidemiology. Our mission is to keep Alaskans safe from communicable diseases; injuries; and environmental, occupational, and other health hazards. Learn more about our programs and activities at

As a division of the Department of Health and Social Services, the Division of Public Health is the chief strategist for existing and emerging public health issues in Alaska. Our services protect life, health, and safety of Alaskans; we serve as a trusted source of health information; and through our systems work, we strengthen the essential public health infrastructure, services, and partnerships. Learn more about us at

In direct consultation to the Chief, Section of Epidemiology, this position is responsible for managing and supervising the activities and staff of the Environmental Public Health Program. This program evaluates and educates about the possible hazards to human health associated with toxic substances in the environment.

The job duties of this position include:

  • Evaluating the health significance of chemicals in the environment in Alaska, considering the chemical and physical nature of the chemicals, site conditions, toxicological properties, and relevant exposure pathways;
  • Providing toxicological expertise to the department, other state and federal agencies, public health partners, health care providers, and the public;
  • Performing health assessments for communities impacted by contaminated sites;
  • Conducting follow-up investigations and surveillance activities related to contaminant exposures, and responding to a variety of other environmental health concerns;
  • Formulating environmental public health policy and responding to legislative requests;
  • Serving as a media spokesperson for issues related to environmental contaminants;
  • Designing and directing epidemiologic investigations to identify the cause and extent of adverse health effects from exposure to toxic chemicals;
  • Pursuing funding opportunities for the program;
  • Preparing program budgets, progress reports, and position papers; and
  • Supervising and directing the activities of Program staff (which currently consists of two Public Health Specialist II's, a Public Health Specialist I, and an Office Assistant) and a federal public health fellow.

Each of the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience should be documented in your cover letter. If you do not have experience in an area please indicate this in your cover letter.

We are looking for the following demonstrated knowledge, skills, abilities, and experiences:

  • Doctoral degree in toxicology, epidemiology, or related environmental health sciences preferred, but not required;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of environmental toxicology principles, including the fate and transport of chemicals in the environment;
  • At least three years of experience investigating exposures to environmental contaminants and evaluating human health risks;
  • At least one year experience in program planning, budget development, and supervision;
  • Experience communicating the results of scientific information to peers, both through oral presentations and publication in peer-reviewed scientific literature;
  • Experience working effectively as a member of a team;
  • Ability to work with a high degree of independence and flexibility;
  • Ability to multi-task with frequent interruptions while remaining calm, organized, and accurate;
  • Ability to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing, complex information in a simplified manner that is understandable to people of different backgrounds, ages, and levels of education;
  • Ability to communicate professionally, effectively, and diplomatically while under pressure;
  • High degree of interpersonal relationship and collaboration skills; and,
  • Strong critical thinking, problem-solving, and consensus-building skills.

For more information and to apply, please visit:


Principal Research Investigator for Risk Assessment, NSF International

NSF International is a growing, global, public health and safety organization. Our mission which we are passionate about is to protect and improve human health. NSF International is dedicated to being a global leader in the testing, inspection and certification industry. Our core business divisions include food, water, health sciences, sustainability and international strategic registrations. Our services include standards development, testing, auditing, certification, training and advising our clients. Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with 2,500 employees worldwide we provide services in over 170 countries at more than 50 office and laboratory locations.

Basic Purpose
Provide advanced technical expertise and guidance to ensure successful identification and development of new business opportunities in the area of human health risk assessment. Establish collaborative partnerships with university, regulatory and industry research groups. Take complete responsibility for the assigned business unit, including supervision of support staff.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Support new business development initiatives by participating in the development and maintenance of business and long-term departmental strategy plans, proposal preparation, technical discussions with existing and potential clients and personal and team-wide production of high quality deliverables
  • Serve as project lead and main technical resource for grant funded research in the area of human health risk assessment for the Applied Research Center (ARC) – Center of Excellence in Risk Assessment (COE in RA).
  • Assume responsibility for grant writing, grant submissions and securing funding to support the ARC – COE in RA
  • Establish collaborative relationships with university, regulatory and industry R&D groups
  • Routinely communicate with the Technical Project Manager, and Director of Toxicology Services on status, scope and timeline expectations and client responsibilities of active and potential human health risk assessment projects
  • Present human health risk assessment and other related work to relevant external stakeholders groups to promote NSF’s toxicology and risk assessment capabilities at local, regional and national level professional society meetings, trade shows, etc.
  • Serve as primary or contributing author on manuscripts with risk assessment focus.
  • Actively participate in the Applied Research Center Steering Committee meetings
  • Actively participate in joint committee meetings and/or industry forums and provide technical support to committees and business units, as needed
  • Assist in the selection, training, mentorship, and evaluation of a competent workforce
  • Maintain and update a current training manual and oversee development of new and updates to existing standard operating procedures for assigned area
  • Develop and deliver presentations to manufacturers, trade associations, regulatory agencies, and product user groups to develop new business.
  • Ensure the delivery of superior customer service to the assigned business unit, including coordination with all appropriate service areas.
  • Assure that the business unit meets all corporate and program requirements for QA and QC turnaround times, production and annual budget.
  • Identify and develop process improvements that reduce time and cost and improve quality.
  • Responsible for development and management of the business unit’s annual operating plan. Implementation of the plan and submit monthly / quarterly reports consistent with the authorized operating and fiscal plan.
  • Participate in marketing activities and publication goals as required. Perform other duties as assigned. 

Required Qualifications

  • Doctorate degree in toxicology, pharmacology or closely related and relevant field plus a minimum of ten (10) years related risk assessment experience OR a Master’s degree with a minimum of fifteen (15) years related risk assessment experience.
  • Familiarity with EPA/FDA risk assessment guidelines and methodologies
  • Familiarity with EPA/FDA/OECD guidelines for the conduct of various types of toxicity tests in laboratory animals.
  • Experience in grant writing and grant submissions; demonstrated success in securing grant funding.
  • Experience with key account planning and project management\
  • Experience in budgeting, managing operational P&L, building revenue and/or B2Bsales
  • Proven success in developing and executing business plans
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and time management skills.
  • Experience with public speaking and presentation
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctorate degree in toxicology, pharmacology or closely related, relevant field with more than 15 years of relevant experience
  • DABT or equivalent board certification
  • Broad experience with risk assessment in water, food, dietary supplement, consumer product, medical device and pharma industries.
  • Familiarity with NSF and NSF risk assessment methodologies and practices

For more information, please contact, J. Caroline English,

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