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Research Project Description

Human Health and Ecological Assessment Research Project
Research Participation Program
Office of Research and Development
National Center for Environmental Assessment
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Research Triangle Park, NC

EPA-ORD/NCEA-RTP-2014-01

Project Description:

Postgraduate research training opportunities are currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Center for Environmental Assessment (NCEA), in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

NCEA is responsible for developing Integrated Science Assessments (ISA) on the human health and welfare effects of the criteria air pollutants (particulate matter, ozone, sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide and lead) as well as chemical assessments under the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) program. NCEA is responsible for scientific assessment activities related to the health effects of criteria air pollutants in the ISA, as well as chemical pollutants in the IRIS program. These assessments provide key scientific support for EPA policy and regulatory decisions. These assessment activities are very broad and typically have significant implications for national and international environmental policy development and implementation.

Participants could be involved in the following activities:

  • Reviewing scientific studies and data;
  • Contributing to sections, figures and tables of study results for manuscripts and reports;
  • Contributing to single pollutant and multipollutant analyses of health and environmental effects of air pollutants, including statistical analyses and preparation of results (tables and figures) for manuscripts and reports.

The research participants will benefit by learning approaches for evaluating, analyzing and integrating evidence on the health and welfare effects of environmental pollutant exposures that inform EPA’s scientific assessments. They will have the opportunity to be involved in a variety of research projects that can include qualitative or quantitative analyses of study findings and data and to synthesize the findings to create policy-relevant assessments. Through this project, they will also gain understanding of how scientific evidence is used to inform EPA decision-making processes. 

The research participants will be involved with scientific staff in NCEA and potentially scientists from other EPA Labs, Centers or Offices, in the evaluation of evidence related to the health and welfare effects of air pollutant exposure. Through collaboration with scientists in NCEA’s assessment teams, the research participants will engage in evaluation or analyses of data or study findings and may have the opportunity to present the results at scientific meetings and in publications including EPA assessment documents.

Qualifications:

Applicants must have received a bachelor’s or master’s degree in epidemiology, toxicology, atmospheric science, environmental science, ecology, public health, statistics, or in a related science relevant to human health or ecological assessment 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 upon recommendation of EPA and subject to availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend. No funding will be made available to cover travel costs for pre-appointment visits, relocation costs, costs of 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 mentor for this project is Jennifer Richmond-Bryant. She may be contacted at richmond-bryant.jennifer@epa.gov.

How to Apply:

An application can be found at http://orise.orau.gov/epa/applicants/application.htm. Please reference Project # EPA-ORD/NCEA-RP-2014-01 when calling or writing for information.