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Research Project Description

Research Participation Program
Office of Research and Development
National Center for Environmental Assessment
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Arlington, VA


Project Description:

A postgraduate research training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA) in Arlington, Virginia. The appointment will be served with the Global Change Assessment Staff (GCAS). The GCAS, located in the EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) in the Air, Climate, Energy (ACE) program, works to build the capacity of programs, managers, and other decision-makers to assess and respond to global change (i.e., climate and land use) impacts on the environment and human health in the United States. Research and assessment activities are focused on several areas: ambient air quality, ambient water quality, the built environment (including water, wastewater, green infrastructure and urban resilience), aquatic ecosystems, and human health. For more information about the GCRP activities in NCEA, visit

This training opportunity allows the participant to apply rigorous statistical and quantitative analysis skills to complex, interdisciplinary assessments GCAS projects. GCAS projects have the overarching goal of improving the understanding of the implications of climate and land-use change for U.S. ecosystems (particularly wetlands and other aquatic systems), water quality, urban systems, and human health and well-being. This research will ultimately help EPA in reducing environmental and societal vulnerabilities to climate change through appropriate adaptation strategies.

This project involves (1) statistical or other quantitative analyses of ecologic, hydrologic, climate, and land use data using, for example, multivariate and non-parametric techniques, spatial statistics, or time series analyses, (2) quantitative analyses of data on urban resilience and vulnerability, and (3) interpretation and communication of analysis results including assisting with writing reports and journal articles. The research participant will have an opportunity to engage with a team of scientists at EPA on a variety of climate change and land use change projects to develop statistical and other quantitative analyses that will aid in environmental decision making.

The research participant could be involved in one or more of the following activities.

  • Analysis of biomonitoring data to develop monitoring designs that detect climate change impacts in aquatic ecosystems;
  • Analysis of large datasets, including watershed model simulations, climate model output, and land-use change scenarios;
  • Multivariate analyses of urban indicators, aquatic ecosystems (e.g., wetlands), and other vulnerability data;
  • Time series analyses of climate change, land use, environmental, human health, and other socioeconomic issues;
  • Development of figures and graphs in support of analyses
  • Syntheses and descriptions of results in reports and journal articles; and
  • Presentation of research results at relevant conferences and to audiences of varied backgrounds

The participant will also engage in training activities for ensuring that all environmental data generated or used are scientifically sound, legally defensible, and of known and acceptable quality for their intended uses.


Applicants must have received a master’s degree in environmental science, ecology, engineering, statistics, natural resources, geography, environmental economics, or a related field within five years of the desired starting date, or have completed all degree requirements prior to the start date.

The appointment is 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. Participant will receive a monthly stipend up to $62,467 per year. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. The participant does not become an EPA employee.

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).

How to Apply:

The Research Participation Program for EPA is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. Please reference Project # EPA-ORD/NCEA-IO-2012-01 when calling or writing for information. For additional information and application materials contact: Research Participation Program/ORD-EPA, 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

An application can be found at