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EPA Office/Lab and Location: Two research opportunities are 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 research projects to be developed include a study of pyrite oxidation to determine how much it affects groundwater quality and the use of sulfate-reducing bioreactors in the remediation of mining-impacted water. Secondary focus will be on the transformation of engineered nanomaterials that are released to the environment and remediation of contaminated sites. There may be future research involving the fate and transformation of nano-fertilizers/pesticides.
A major component of the research will be to study the fate and transport of metals in the environment, effects of metal contamination in groundwater, and fate of engineered nanomaterials in the environment. The primary focus of the research project will be on environmental transformations of metals that affect their transport and toxicity along with remediation of metal-contaminated sites.
The research participant will conduct basic and applied research on the characterization and quantification of metals in environmental media to understand their chemical behavior, fate, transport, transformation, and adverse effects on environmental and human health. It will involve conducting research experiments, analyzing data, and writing peer-reviewed journal articles.
Learning Objectives: The research participant will have access to a large array of analytical/physical technologies in their research activities, including, but not limited to Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) -VP/BSE/X-ray Analysis/Mapping, Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), microwave technology, X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP/OES), and single particle - Inductively Coupled Plasma with Mass Spectrometry (spICP/MS). This will help the research participant in learning the use and operation of different analytical instruments and methodologies at the EPA while conducting research. Additionally, the research participant will have the opportunity to interact and apply the research to understand and find solutions to real life environmental problems and propel their knowledge and experience to prepare them for future endeavors.
Mentor(s): The mentor(s) for this opportunity are Souhail R. Al-Abed (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Angel Michelle (email@example.com). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Summer 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 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.
ORISE offers all ORISE EPA graduate students and Postdocs a free 5 year membership to the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA).
The successful applicant(s) will be required to comply with Environmental, Safety and Health (ES&H) requirements of the hosting facility, including but not limited to, COVID-19 requirements (e.g. facial covering, physical distancing, testing, vaccination).
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.
The qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree before the appointment start date in one of the relevant fields (e.g. Environmental Engineering, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geochemistry, Biogeochemistry, Geo-environmental Engineering, Soil Science). Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.
- Strong verbal and writing skills
- Ability to work both as a part of a team and independently.
- Basic knowledge of analytical instrumentation related to analysis of metals in environmental media including, but not limited to: inductively-coupled plasma - mass spectrometry (ICP-MS), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), electron microscopy (TEM/SEM), x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS), and dynamic light scattering (DLS).