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EPA Office/Lab and Location: A research opportunity is currently available at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD), Center for Environmental Solutions and Emergency Response (CESER), Land Remediation and Technology Division (LRTD) located in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Research Project: The determination and assessment of the risk that a chemical may have across the compounds life-cycle are essential to protect human health and the environment. Due to the size and limitations of current evaluation techniques, modules to generate rapid screening of chemicals would be useful to stakeholders to assess end-of-life (EoL) scenarios for tracking chemicals in waste streams and the subsequent environmental releases and worker exposures, including EoL scenarios based on chemical type, function, databases, learning-from-data process models, process simulation, and big data.
To properly study, determine, and develop the best practices in EoL scenarios of chemicals, the research participant may broadly conduct research in recycling, recovery, and disposal options for chemicals under interests. Making use of these emerging pathways are part of efforts towards a circular economy. Hence, there is an exciting opportunity for the research participant to learn the design of pathways and technologies to transform the traditional linear production paradigm (raw material extraction, manufacturing, usage, and disposal) into a circular economy structure.
The research participant’s understanding of various EoL options for chemicals may be helpful in developing computational tools to quantify chemical release profiles. Under the guidance of EPA scientists, the research participant would be able to evaluate and determine chemicals present in recycling and disposal options, and prepare peer-reviewed manuscripts and reports from the conducted research.
Learning Objectives: This training opportunity will provide the research participant with state-of-the-art knowledge and networking opportunities to exchange experiences and information in estimating chemical releases and analysis of their presence in recycling and disposal options.
Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Gerardo Ruiz-Mercado (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: May 2021. 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 three months 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.
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