EPA Research Opportunity in Chemical/Environmental Engineering

A research opportunity is available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Water (OW), Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (OGWDW), Water Security Division (WSD) located in Washington, DC.

Exciting research opportunity with an objective to advance the nation's analytical ability to respond to drinking water and waste water contamination incidents. This project is conducting research to support the office's efforts in providing technical assistance to water utilities for conducting vulnerability assessments, developing/revising emergency response plans, and responding to security alerts and attacks; and this project is conducting research on building effective water security practices into the ongoing operations of water utilities. The goal of this project is to build the Agency's capacity to guide and coordinate activities to ensure that water utilities such as drinking water and waste water systems are protecting and safeguarding public health from terrorist and other intentional acts as well as natural and other disasters.

Learning ObjectivesUnder the guidance of a mentor, the participant will develop skills to advance incident response efforts for the nation’s water sector by learning how to create new tools and technical guidance documents. The participant will be able to present research results at technical conferences and collaborate with federal agencies and the general public aimed towards protecting the water and wastewater infrastructure of the United States. In addition, the participant will be exposed to research efforts aimed towards water infrastructure protection, including physical damage, contamination from biological, chemical and radiological agents and system failures.  Specifically the participant will:

  • Learn how to research and compose biologic, chemical and radiochemical contaminant profiles
  • Learn about methodologies used to strengthen the infrastructure of water systems
  • Learn how science policy is developed and implemented on the federal level

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: February 2022. All start dates are flexible

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizenship: LPR or U.S. Citizen
  • Degree: Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, or Doctoral Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 1/3/2022

StipendThe participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. At this time, the annual stipend for bachelor's degree ~$49,157, for master's degree $60,129 and doctoral degree ~$72,750. 

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If you have additional questions about the application process please email ORISE.EPA.OW@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.

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