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EPA Office/Lab and Location: A research opportunity is available at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD), Center for Public Health Environmental Assessment (CPHEA), Health & Environmental Effects Assessment Division (HEEAD) located in Washington, D.C.
Research Project: The EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD) provides scientific leadership for evaluating human health and ecological risks associated with exposure to physical, chemical, and biological stressors, including environmental pollutants and climate change. CPHEA is responsible for environmental assessments that inform regulatory offices of the EPA, regions, states, communities, and authorized tribes. This involves the use of both environmental and social sciences to clearly articulate the attributes of ecosystems that are valued by stakeholders, analyze, and synthesize information from disparate sources, and communicate the uncertainties inherent in the conclusions. Assessments must also consider the context of decision making and the needs of decision makers, and as such use translational research approaches that involve stakeholders in problem formulation and development of assessment goals and strategies and result in products designed to be highly usable and actionable. The focus of this opportunity is at the intersection of social science, environmental assessment, and climate change vulnerability and adaptation.
The research participant will have the opportunity to engage in the development, analysis, and evaluation of indicators of nearby contamination, community sensitivity, and potential exposures, particularly in the context of contaminated sites and Brownfields redevelopment and reuse. This research project may include projections, analyses, and evaluations of potential future changes in conditions, cumulative impacts, vulnerabilities, adaptive capacity, and equitable resilience. The research participant may also engage in human-centered design (HCD) and social science related research contributing to a community-driven, guided process for evaluating equity and resilience to hazards, disasters, and threats, in collaboration with EPA Regions, states, and communities. HCD is an iterative approach that puts users at the center of the design process, generating innovative solutions for user needs.
Learning Objectives: The research participant will have the opportunity to learn and practice approaches for designing products, engaging with project partners, and developing outreach materials. The research participant will have the opportunity to be involved in qualitative or quantitative analyses of scientific data and the visualization and presentation of highly influential datasets. The participant will gain an understanding of how scientific evidence is used to inform EPA decision-making processes. The participant will also have the opportunity to collaborate with scientific staff in CPHEA, EPA Regions, states, and communities.
Under the guidance of a mentor, specific research training activities may include learning about:
Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Meridith Fry (email@example.com). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Winter, 2022. All start dates are flexible and vary depending on numerous factors. Click here for detailed information about start dates.
Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year and may be renewed upon EPA recommendation and subject to availability of funding.
Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.
Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Click here for detailed information about full-time stipends.
EPA Security Clearance: Completion of a successful background investigation by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required for an applicant to be on-boarded at EPA.
ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and EPA. Participants do not become employees of EPA, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.
ORISE offers all ORISE EPA graduate students and Postdocs a free 5 year membership to the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA).
The successful applicant(s) will be required to comply with Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) requirements of the hosting facility, including but not limited to, COVID-19 requirements (e.g. facial covering, physical distancing, testing, vaccination).
Questions: Please see the FAQ section of our website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email ORISE.EPA.ORD@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.
The qualified candidate should have received a master's or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing one of the degrees with completion by the appointment start date. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.