Research Opportunity Description
Integrated Approaches to Sustainability for Communities
Research Participation Program
Office of Research and Development
National Exposure Research Laboratory
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Research Triangle Park, NC
A postdoctoral or postgraduate research project training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD), National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL). This appointment will be served in the Immediate Office (IO) in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.
NERL applies multidisciplinary expertise to understanding exposures and developing approaches for reducing exposures, both critical in making informed decisions to protect public health and the environment.
Features of built and natural environments incur costs (including non-monetary) and provide benefits over their life-cycles; often these costs and benefits accrue to differing community members with differing priorities. This research project focuses on developing modeling approaches that bring dissimilar properties and impacts of built and natural features into the same analytic frame in order to demonstrate aggregate outcomes, trade-offs and responses to community decision scenarios. Properties to be modeled will include economic, biophysical, social (including health), and environmental impacts (including ecosystems services).
Sustainable and Healthy Communities need tools that enable them to integrate across social, economic and environmental impacts, and that let them evaluate trade-offs and interactions.
Research activities that the participant could be involved in include:
- Development of simulation models for built and natural features of the environment
- Evaluation of alternative management strategies, including community preferences, synergies, and disparities of impacts.
The research participant will learn about principles of sustainability, integrated approaches to evaluating consequences, development of conceptual models and using models to evaluate community-driven scenarios.
The research participant will be involved in project activities with diverse but related disciplines. S/he may have the opportunity to present research results at professional meetings and will be encouraged to publish research in peer-reviewed journals.
Applicants should have received a doctoral (preferred) or master’s degree in civil or environmental engineering, systems analysis, systems ecology, applied mathematics, or environmental studies within five years of the desired starting date, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the starting date. Experience with systems analysis is desirable.
U.S. citizenship is required. The program is open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran.
The appointment is full-time for one year and may be renewed for up to two additional years upon recommendation of EPA contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. This can be obtained through ORISE. The participant does not become an EPA employee.
Funding may be made available to reimburse a participant’s travel expenses to present the results of his/her research at scientific conferences. No funding will be made available to cover travel costs for pre-appointment visits, relocation costs, tuition and fees, or a participant's health insurance.
The contact for this project is Rochelle Araujo who can be contacted at Araujo.email@example.com.
How to Apply:
An application can be found at http://orise.orau.gov/epa/applicants/application.htmPlease reference Project #EPA-ORD/NERL-IO-2013-03 when calling or writing for information.