Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention


Post-doctoral Fellow in Epidemiology
with a focus on reproductive epi/maternal and child health


The Massachusetts Center for Birth Defects Research and Prevention (MA CBDRP) is seeking a Post-doctoral Fellow for an exceptional opportunity to gain experience in birth defects surveillance and research. The Post-doctoral Fellow will work closely with the Director/Principal Investigator, Associate Director, Research Epidemiologist, and other staff at the Center. The Post-doctoral Fellow will carry out statistical analyses in assessing risk factors for birth defects, prepare data for publication, lead and participate in manuscripts preparation including first-authorship, actively participate in committee calls, and present study progress and analyses to inside and outside audiences. Analytically, assignments will include:

  • Analyses of data from the NBDPS (National Birth Defects Prevention Study), as well as BD-STEPS I & II (Birth Defects Study To Evaluate Pregnancy exposureS):
  • Conduct analyses using the NBDPS/BD-STEPS analytic databases and prepare manuscripts investigating factors that increase the risk for birth defects and other adverse birth outcomes (e.g., stillbirths, prematurity), including but not limited to focuses on medications studies, other exposures, clinical, methodological, and/or genetic studies.
  • Local and National Studies:
  • Participate in data collection and research projects of the National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN).
  • Participate in birth defect studies with collaborating researchers using the Massachusetts Pregnancy and Early Life Longitudinal (PELL) database, or Early Intervention (EI) data including studying later life outcomes in children with birth defects.
  • Conduct analyses using all the Center datasets, such as Birth Defects Monitoring Program data, Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) or COVID-19 Pregnancy surveillance data, to better understand risk factors and patterns for other perinatal outcomes.
  • Other projects and assignments as needed, and/or per interest of the applicant.


Qualifications: The ideal applicant will have a sound training in epidemiology, with a doctoral degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, or related field. The candidate will have advanced knowledge of SAS, including macros and SQL/relational database environments. Applicant must have experience working with large datasets, extraction and manipulation of data sources, as well as experience conducting statistical analyses, including univariate, bivariate and multivariate analyses. Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills, and attention to detail are a must for this position; prior record of publications is a plus.


Location, salary, start date: On site in Boston, MA or remote; $60,000 – $70,000/year, depending on qualifications and experience; flexible start date.

Application: Please send your application to Gerlinde Munshi, Administrative Director,; for questions please contact Mahsa Yazdy, Director/PI,; further information available at

The Department of Public Health is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

[Release Date: April 2021]

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