The Environmental Laboratory (EL) is one of the seven laboratories of U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (USACE-ERDC), which is the Army Corps of Engineers’ integrated research and development (R&D) organization. EL provides solutions to environmental challenges for the U.S. Army, the Department of Defense and the Nation through environmental science and engineering research and development. Researchers in EL conduct research in ecosystem science and technology, environmental resiliency, environmental sensing, ecological modeling and forecasting, risk and decision science, environmentally sustainable material, systems biology, climate change, computational chemistry, environmental chemistry and environmental security.
What will I be doing?
Under the guidance of a mentor, you will collaborate with federal employees and contractors on research projects utilizing phytotechnology and biological indicators to aid in the cost-effective monitoring of various types of chemical plumes at contaminated sites. The research involves thorough examination of the literature to identify indicators of microbial and plant activity at contaminated sites that can be used to infer changes in contamination plumes via artificial intelligence / machine learning algorithms. Outcomes from this research will contribute to improved/optimized long-term monitoring strategies at contaminated sites.
Where will I be located?
The research does not require laboratory or field work at this stage and can be conducted remotely or at the project location in Concord, Massachusetts.
Why should I apply?
This fellowship provides the opportunity to independently utilize your skills and engage with experts in innovative ideas to move the proposed research forward.
What is the anticipated start date?
ERDC-EL is ready to make an appointment. Exact start date will be determined at the time of selection and in coordination with the selected candidates.
What are the benefits?
You will receive a stipend to be determined by ERDC-EL. Stipends are typically based on the participant’s academic standing, discipline, experience, and research facility location. Other benefits may include the following:
- Health Insurance Supplement. Participants are eligible to purchase health insurance through ORISE.
- Relocation Allowance
- Training and Travel Allowance
This ORISE appointment is a full-time six month opportunity. Appointments may be extended depending on funding availability, project assignment, program rules, and availability of the participant.
Nature of the Appointment
You will not enter into an employee/employer relationship with ORISE, ORAU, DOD, or any other office or agency. Instead, you will be affiliated with ORISE for the administration of the appointment through the ORISE appointment letter and Terms of Appointment.
You should have a bachelors degree in environmental engineering or a similar discipline. You should be familiar with environmental engineering principles, including but not limited to: environmental treatment processes, environmental microbiology, environmental chemistry, fate and transport of contaminants, agronomy/phytotechnology, and hyperspectral imaging. Experience in literature review and writing peer-reviewed manuscripts is beneficial. The results from the research projects will be presented at national conferences, detailed in peer-reviewed manuscripts, and final reports to funding sponsors.
- Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
- Degree: Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 9/30/2022 12:00:00 AM