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Research Project Description

Multidisciplinary Multipollutant Science Assessments
Research Participation Program
Office of Research and Development
National Center for Environmental Assessment
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Research Triangle Park, NC


Project Description:

A postdoctoral research project training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

NCEA is responsible for scientific assessment activities related to the effects of the criteria air pollutants (particulate matter, ozone, sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and lead) and chemical assessments in the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program. Such assessment activities are very broad and typically have significant implications for national and international environmental policy development and implementation.

This is an interdisciplinary project that will allow the research participant to collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of scientists to analyze, evaluate and integrate scientific evidence for the development of scientific assessments that support EPA policy and regulatory decisions. Through collaboration with scientists in NCEA’s assessment teams, the participant will analyze data or scientific study findings within their field.

The participant may be engaged in one or more of the following training opportunities: 

  • Reviewing scientific literature on environmental air pollutants within specific disciplines.
  • Evaluating complex questions regarding interpretation of scientific information.
  • Conducting new analyses of scientific data related to the health or environmental effects of pollutant exposures.
  • Evaluating and synthesizing evidence for the development of science assessment documents for criteria air pollutants, chemical pollutants, and multipollutants.
  • Presenting results in scientific meetings and EPA assessment documents and/or publishing results in peer-reviewed publications.

The participant will learn approaches for analyzing and integrating evidence on the health or environmental effects of environmental pollutant exposures. The participant will have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of multidisciplinary projects that can include qualitative or quantitative analyses of scientific study findings and synthesize the findings to create policy-relevant assessments. The participant will gain understanding of how scientific evidence is used to inform EPA decision-making processes.


Applicants must have received a doctoral degree environmental science, including epidemiology, statistics, toxicology, human exposure, ecology, and atmospheric science within five years of the desired starting date, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the starting date.

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. U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status is preferred (but can also hold an appropriate visa status, however, an H1B visa is not appropriate). The participant must provide proof of medical insurance. The participant does not become an EPA employee.

The appointment will be full time for one year and may be renewed for up to two additional years upon recommendation of EPA and subject to availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend. 

Funding may be made available to reimburse a research 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 or fees, or a participant's health insurance.

Technical Questions:

Mary Ross is the mentor for this project. She can be contacted at

How to Apply:

The Research Participation Program for EPA ORD is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. Please reference Project # EPA-ORD/NCEA-RTP-2012-02 when calling or writing for information. For additional information and application materials contact: Research Participation Program/EPA-ORD, Attn: Betty Bowling, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, P.O. Box 117, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-0117, Phone: (865) 576-8503 FAX: (865) 241-5219 e-mail: 

An application can be found at