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Ph.D. Analytical Laboratory Researcher
| Oak Ridge Associated Universities|
|September 30, 2023|
Ph.D. Analytical Laboratory Researcher
US-NC-Research Triangle Park
The EPA National Student Services Contract has an immediate opening for a full time Ph.D. Analytical Laboratory Researcher position with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA facility in Research Triangle Park, NC.
The Office of Research and Development at the EPA supports high-quality research to improve the scientific basis for decisions on national environmental issues and help EPA achieve its environmental goals. Research is conducted in a broad range of environmental areas by scientists in EPA laboratories and at universities across the country.
What the EPA project is about
The Center for Environmental Measurement and Modeling (CEMM) provides scientific expertise and leadership in the development and application of complex methods to collect environmental measures and computational models that provide precise and detailed predictions of the activity of contaminants in the environment. Within CEMM, the Watershed and Ecosystem Characterization Division (WECD) conducts research to advance EPA's ability to characterize the presence, transport, transformation, sources, and impacts of contaminants in watersheds and ecological systems.
CEMM/WECD scientists develop methods to measure chemical and microbial pollutants in a variety of environmental media (soil, dust, water, and other biota) to support implementation of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA, also known as Superfund), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act, the Beach Act and other environmental statues. In addition, WECD conducts ecological monitoring of chemical and biological stressors at multiple scales to characterize the condition of environmental systems through the development and application of novel field indicators, environmental genomics, and geospatial tools. Finally, WECD develops, evaluates, and applies watershed management tools to characterize both ecological response and economic benefits. The methods, tools, and technologies inform effective watershed management practices as well as minimize health risks to various chemical and microbial contaminants.
As a team member, you will assist EPA in conducting research to develop methods to analyze residential use pesticides and per-fluorinated chemicals from residential dwellings using hard surface wipe samples collected from the American Healthy Homes Survey II (AHHS II). You will work to develop and apply methods that will provide instrument parameters, standard and analyte selection, hard surface wipe method validation and determine chemical concentrations for pesticides and perfluorinated chemical compounds derived from field collected hard surface wipe samples.
The team member will use analytical chemistry techniques such as: solid phase extraction (SPE), gel permeation chromatography (GPC), high resolution mass spectrometry (UHPLC-QTOF), and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to derive environmental concentrations
Analytical and Laboratory support tasks will include:
Maintaining, managing, and organizing laboratory facilities, samples, supplies and reagents;
Communications-related responsibilities will include:
Required Knowledge, Skills, Work Experience, and Education
Salary: Selected applicant will become a temporary employee of ORAU and will receive an hourly wage of $45.06 for hours worked.
Travel: Occasional overnight travel may be required.
Expected start date: The position is full time and expected to begin October 2023. The selected applicant will become a temporary employee of ORAU working as a contractor to EPA. The contract renews each May through 2025.
For more information, contact EPANSSC@orau.org. Do not contact EPA directly.
EPA ORD employees, their spouses, and children are not eligible to participate in this program.
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