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Research Project Description

Community Environmental Public Health
Research Participation Program
Office of Research and Development
National Exposure Research Laboratory
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Research Triangle Park, NC

EPA-ORD/NERL-HEASD-2013-05

Project Description:

A postgraduate research project training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL) in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. This training opportunity is with NERL’s Human Exposure and Atmospheric Modeling Division (HEASD).

This research project is part of an EPA research program to develop information and solutions to promote community public health in the environmental realm through providing practical, state-of-the-art resources through the Community-Focused Exposure and Risk Screening Tool (C-FERST; www.epa.gov/heasd/c-ferst) and the peer-reviewed scientific literature.  The program seeks to address problems of significant public health importance at the community level, provide tools to communities to understand and reduce environmental public burden, and to evaluate the estimates of exposure, risk, and the improvement in public health.

The selected research participant will join a team that provides practical, state-of-the-art resources to the public to improve public health in the environmental realm – typically communicated through C-FERST and peer-reviewed scientific literature.  The program seeks to address problems of significant public health importance at the community level, provide tools to communities to understand and reduce environmental public burden, and to evaluate the estimates of exposure, risk, and the improvement in public health.

The research participant will learn to apply and translate scientific findings to support practical solutions to improve public health in the environmental realm. S/he will develop skills and gain exposure to environmental public health as practiced at EPA, community-based voluntary organizations and the organizations which support those efforts.  The research participant will develop professionally in one or more disciplines supporting those efforts (e.g., public health, geographic information systems).

Qualifications:

Applicants must have received a master’s degree in public health, environmental health, environmental exposure, geographic information systems, or a closely related discipline within five years of the desired starting date, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the start 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 appointment is full time for one year and may be renewed for 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 and fees, or a participant's health insurance. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. The participant does not become an EPA employee.

Technical Questions:

The contacts for this project are James Quackenboss (Quackenboss.james@epa.gov) and Bruce Mintz (Mintz.bruce@epa.gov).

How to Apply:

An application can be found at http://orise.orau.gov/epa/applicants/application.htm. Please reference Project # EPA-ORD/NERL-HEASD-2013-05 when calling or writing for information.