*Applications may be reviewed on a rolling-basis and this posting could close before the deadline. Click here for information about the selection process.
EPA Office/Lab and Location: A research opportunity is available at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD), Center for Public Health Environmental Assessment (CPHEA), Public Health and Integrated Toxicology Division (PHITD) located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.
Research Project: This research project addresses the growing need to characterize the cardiopulmonary and neurobehavioral health effects of air pollution. The research participant will have the opportunity to interact with a multidisciplinary team at the U.S. EPA to achieve these objectives. The aims of the research project are to: 1) use innovative and sensitive experimental approaches to evaluate cardiovascular and pulmonary physiology and neurobehavioral responses to key air pollutants and air pollution mixtures; 2) identify the environmental and intrinsic factors that modify responses to air pollution, and 3) elucidate the mechanisms that drive such effects.
Learning Objectives: While interacting with an interdisciplinary team, the participant will learn to:
- Evaluate scientific literature in order to design experiments and interpret data.
- Attain proficiency in rodent echocardiography, telemetry approaches, and associated procedures.
- Develop standard operating procedures for these techniques and associated data analyses as appropriate.
- Conduct short and long-term studies to examine in vivo health effects of key air pollution sources and other xenobiotic agents including microplastics and high volume chemicals.
- Couple rodent in vivo tests with analogous assessments in zebrafish, including use of video imaging techniques to measure locomotor responses, heart rate, and development for the purposes of integrating human health and ecological effects of air pollution
- Present research findings at local and national scientific meetings in the form of posters and/or platform talks.
- Prepare and submit research results to peer-reviewed journals for publication.
- Maintain careful, easily legible, and accurate records in approved laboratory notebooks and/or electronic journals. All notebooks, journals and data produced under this plan will be the property of the U.S. EPA.
Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Aimen Farraj (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Winter 2021/2022. 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 up to three or four additional years 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.
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.
Questions: Please see the FAQ section of our website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email ORISE.EPA.ORD@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.