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About the position

Dr. Wanda Bodnar is seeking a graduate assistant to work in the North Carolina Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances Testing (PFAST) Network on a state-mandated project titled “North Carolina Policy Collaboratory study to inventory Aqueous Film Forming Foam (AFFF) used or stored by fire departments in North Carolina.” The graduate assistant will be required to assist in the development and distribution of an electronic survey to be completed by fire station staff and in the creation of an instructional video for the participants to explain the background and purpose of the study, the data to be collected, and how to successfully complete the survey. The assistant will follow up with survey recipients via phone and/or e-mail with the goal of achieving 100% participation. The assistant will help Dr. Bodnar summarize the findings from the survey in a final report which will be submitted to the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory and to the North Carolina Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Agriculture and Natural and Economic Resources and the Environmental Review Commission. Graduate students in the Gillings School of Global Public Health will receive priority consideration, however all UNC graduate students are welcome to apply. Applicants should be able to start as soon as possible and can expect to work 10-20 hours per week. The hourly wage will be $15 per hour. The hours are flexible but should occur within the hours of a typical workday (8:30am-5:00pm). The assistant will be required to track his/her hours worked.


Preferred qualifications

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products, particular Excel and Access
  • Experience with Qualtrics survey instruments
  • Experience with video creation
  • Professional conduct and comfort speaking with county fire marshals and firefighters
  • Willingness to travel within North Carolina if needed


To apply

Contant Dr. Wanda Bodnar via e-mail at by Friday, February 28, 2020.

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