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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

EPA-ORD/NCEA-IO-2012-02

Project Description:

A faculty research training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA). The appointment will be served with the Global Change Assessment Staff (GCAS) in Arlington, Virginia.

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 (e.g., 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 GCAS activities in NCEA, visit http://www.epa.gov/ncea/global/.

This training provides an opportunity for the participant to interact with EPA scientists on interdisciplinary assessments of interest to the GCAS. GCAS projects have the overarching goal of improving our 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 help inform EPA about reducing environmental and societal vulnerabilities to climate change through appropriate adaptation strategies.

The participant may have the opportunity to be involved with climate and land use change scenarios, water quality model outputs and biogeochemical data to examine potential future hydrologic changes. The selected individual will be trained in research activities/projects related to EPA global change vulnerability, adaptation and risk assessments. Activities may include modeling, data analysis, and risk and decision analysis. The participant will learn through interactions with interdisciplinary teams from across EPA offices, as well as with interagency workgroups from the U.S. Global Change Research Program and the National Climate Assessment.

The research participant may be involved in one or more of the following activities:

  • Analysis of large datasets, including watershed model simulations, climate model output, and land-use change scenarios;
  • Comparisons and sensitivity analyses of hydrologic models, including calibration, evaluation, and uncertainty analysis;
  • Projection of biogeochemical and water quality conditions; and
  • Syntheses and descriptions of results in reports and journal articles.

The participant will have latitude in exercising independent initiative and judgment in the research commensurate with the level of training. EPA will review completed papers for adherence to NCEA principles and policies, quality, and soundness of scientific conclusions.

Qualifications:

Applicants must be a full-time faculty member at an accredited U.S. college or university and hold a doctoral degree in hydrology, water resources, environmental science, earth system science or a related discipline.

The appointment is full-time for up to one year. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with his/her regular salary. 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-2012-02 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 e-mail: betty.bowling@orau.org.

An application can be found at http://orise.orau.gov/epa/applicants/application.htm.