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*Applications may be reviewed on a rolling-basis and this posting could close before the deadline. Click here for information about the selection process.
EPA Office/Lab and Location: A research training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Water (OW). The appointment will be served in the Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water (OGWDW), Water Security Division (WSD) located in Washington D.C., EPA Headquarters.
Research Project: The selected participant will contribute research to a project designed to help water and wastewater utilities become more resilient to disasters. The goal of the project is to research disaster resilience, recovery projects and tools, and study outreach techniques for water and wastewater utilities. The research will investigate the best ways to prepare utilities for disasters and the best ways to communicate those ways to the sector. The objective of this project is to enhance the resilience of utilities to disasters so communities can recover more quickly and withstand the impacts of future disasters such as boil water advisories and water outages. The WSD will benefit from the results of this research and can share the lessons learned in factsheets, presentations, and guides.
Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.
Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. The current stipends for this opportunity are $50,600/year (BS), $61,900/year (MS), and $74,900/year (Ph.D.). 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.OW@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.
The qualified candidate should have received a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields (e.g. Communications, Environmental Studies, Engineering, Behavioral Studies, Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Ecology, Environmental Health), or be currently pursuing one of the degrees with completion by September 30, 2022. Degree must have been received within the past five years.