Application Deadline: November 24, 2023, 12pm Pacific Time
Research Project: The research participant will collaborate on projects within the Pacific Ecological Systems Division (PESD) that examine the relationships between watershed, climate and human drivers of nutrients and harmful algal blooms in freshwater ecosystems. Human activities can release nutrients to landscapes, watersheds and waterways in excess of the capacity to use and retain these nutrients, altering leaching, groundwater quality, drinking water sources and aquatic ecosystem composition and productivity, including harmful algal blooms. In particular, harmful algal blooms caused by cyanobacteria have the potential to produce toxins that are dangerous to people, pets, and wildlife through drinking water and recreational uses. As a result, there is increasing need to understand the drivers and predict where harmful algal blooms may occur.
The qualified candidate should have received a master’s degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing the degree with completion before the appointment start date. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.
The preferred skills listed below are intended to be a guide for the types of interests and skills candidates may have for this opportunity. These are structured as “or” statements to give examples of the different types of experiences that would indicate a given skill. The US EPA and ORISE program strive to foster a supportive and inclusive work environment. Candidates from diverse backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply. The best candidate for the job may not have experience with all of the preferred qualifications listed. If you are excited about this opportunity, please apply. If you excited about this opportunity but unsure if you have the experience to be successful in this role, please contact us to discuss your application.
Primary preferred skills:
- Experience interpreting any of the following types of data: Water chemistry, watershed science, nutrient cycling, landscape ecology, or geospatial analysis;
- Experience with using a programming language (R, Python) for data analysis such as compiling data, conducting statistical analyses, or visualizing data in the form of graphs or maps;
Secondary preferred skills:
- Experience with contributing to written products such as a thesis, peer-reviewed publication, or report;
- Experience working as part of a group such as communicating among team-members, creating action items based on team goals, or and meeting team expectations.
Eligibility: U.S. Citizen Only. Pursuing a Master’s degree or have received a Master’s degree in last 60 months.
Mentor(s): The mentors for this project are Amalia Handler (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jana Compton (email@example.com). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentors.
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Fall 2023/Winter 2024. All start dates are flexible and vary depending on numerous factors. Click here for detailed information about start dates.
Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year and may be renewed upon EPA recommendation and subject to availability of funding.
Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.
Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Click here for detailed information about full-time stipends.
EPA Security Clearance: Completion of a successful background investigation by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required for an applicant to be on-boarded at EPA.
A complete application consists of:
- An application
- Transcript(s) – For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted. All transcripts must be in English or include an official English translation. Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts.
- A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
- Two educational or professional recommendations. Click here for detailed information about recommendations.
All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.
ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and EPA. Participants do not become employees of EPA, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.