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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 at the EPA Human Studies Facility on the campus of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Research Project: PHITD investigators are evaluating interventional approaches that can ameliorate the human health effects of exposure to ambient air pollutants. Of specific interest is the efficacy of physical barriers and/or dietary supplements that may confer protection against cardiovascular and respiratory effects in populations exposed to air pollution and woodsmoke exposure. These goals are being pursued through a combination of experimental and observational approaches to identify intervention strategies, and identify the range of pollutants (e.g., gaseous versus particulate) against which these regimens may be effective. For instance, a current study evaluates whether face masks can mitigate the health effects of exposure to wildfire smoke.
Under the guidance of a mentor, the research participant will have the opportunity to create and implement analysis plans, author publication of the results of their research in peer review journals, and present study findings at national and international conferences. The research participant may be involved in the following research activities:
- Writing study protocols, study questionnaires, consent forms, and other documents
- Executing study protocols, which includes obtaining informed consent from study volunteers, assisting in running the study protocol, and the collection of clinical and physiological data
- Participating in collaborative interactions with on-site and extramural scientists
- Conducting specific clinical tests such as spirometry and measurement of minute ventilation
- Conducting statistical analyses in consultation with staff statisticians
- Identifying and characterizing risk factors that determine human susceptibility to environmental exposures.
Learning Objectives: The research participant will have the opportunity to interact with a multidisciplinary team of investigators, medical personnel, engineers, statisticians, and support staff while they learn to execute clinical studies, analyze data, present study findings at scientific meetings and prepare manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals.
The participant will collaborate with the Clinical Research Branch and will have the opportunity to independently complete research activities with guidance from their mentor and in collaboration with a team of clinicians, environmental exposure scientists, toxicologists, and geneticists. This research opportunity will foster skills leading to a career as an independent investigator.
Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Haiyan Tong (firstname.lastname@example.org). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: January 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.