*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 Environmental Measurement and Modeling (CEMM), Atmospheric and Environmental Systems Modeling Division (AESMD), Emissions Systems Analysis Branch (ESAB) located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.Research Project: This research project is in energy systems modeling. Specifically, applying formal scenario methods to analyze future energy system pathways effects on air quality. The research participant may be part of a team developing and applying formal scenarios methods/robust decision-making methods to the EPA/TIMES modeling structure of the U.S. energy system. In conducting this research opportunity, the research participant may use an energy system model investigating the linkages between energy, climate, air quality, and water use and working to identify strategies for effectively meeting future energy demands and emission goals. Under the guidance of a mentor, the research participant may be involved in the following research activities:Investigating the efficacy of existing regulations and potential policies in protecting air quality across a wide range of different assumptions about the future;Identifying future conditions that could lead to worsening air quality via Robust Decision Making methodologies;Incorporating multi-stage decision-making into existing modeling frameworks (e.g., which technologies should we be deploying now to meet short and long-term air quality goals);Assisting in the development of formalized procedures to assess resilience of the energy system, with a specific emphasis on the industrial sector;Implementing and testing an improved representation of the industrial sector as represented in the current EPA energy systems database, the EPAUS9rT;Using the TIMES energy systems model along with the EPAUS9rT to analyze future energy technology scenarios;Helping develop and implement the data and strategies to apply a variety of formal scenarios methods/robust decision-making methods to the EPA/TIMES modeling structure;Interpreting and communicating modeling results to a wide range of audiences.Learning Objectives: The research participant may learn energy systems modeling techniques, navigation of datasets for energy technology characterizations, conducting analyses with an energy systems model, analyses of modeling results, and effective presentation of results. The research participant will be mentored in data interpretation, presentation, organization, and communication of scientific findings. Through these activities, the participant may gain a better understanding of the complexities of energy system choices and an understanding of how to analyze the environmental impacts of changes in the energy system. The research participant will expand their knowledge interacting with a diverse group of researchers on interdisciplinary cross-cutting scientific issues related to the intersection of energy use and air quality. The research participant will have latitude in exercising independent initiative and judgment in the research, commensurate with the level of training. Further, the research participant may communicate their findings both to Agency personnel and to the broader scientific community through presentations and peer-reviewed journal papers. These communications may also include presentations to non-technical audiences, including outreach and communication to community and educational groups.Mentor(s): The mentors for this opportunity are Carol Lenox (email@example.com) and Ozge Kaplan (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. 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 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 EPArpp@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.