| A postgraduate research project training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water (OW). The appointment will be served with the Office of Science and Technology (OST) in Washington, D.C. |
The Office of Water (OW) ensures drinking water is safe, and restores and maintains oceans, watersheds, and their aquatic ecosystems to protect human health, support economic and recreational activities, and provide healthy habitats for fish, plants and wildlife. Among other activities, OW is responsible for implementing the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act. The OST provides ecological and human health science support for decisions and policies that implement the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and a variety of other water related statutory programs that protect water quality, aquatic life and human health.
The research participant will gain experience in the development of water quality criteria and drinking water health advisories. Additionally, he/she will have the opportunity to assist in the development of methodologies to be used in these criteria and advisories such as approaches including the use of high throughput assays for screening and prioritization and probabilistic risk assessment.
The participant will be involved in the following team activities:
- Various activities with the Human Health Risk Assessment Branch. - Collaboration with scientific experts in the Office of Water and across EPA supporting the Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and a variety of other water regulatory programs. - Collaboration with EPA employees and managers across a wide range of disciplines and EPA offices. - Communicating complex scientific or technical information to a non-technical audience. - Designing and implementing research workshops, webinars, meetings, and outreach both internally to EPA and with federal partners. - Additional discrete science and science policy projects in water quality science, e.g. probabilistic risk assessment and utilization of data from high throughput screening methods.
The participant will learn to synthesize and clearly communicate science issues; negotiate competing interests; conduct effective and efficient meetings, workshops, and briefings; and will have opportunities to improve oral and written communication skills. This project will provide excellent exposure to a broad range of science, research, and science-based policy issues, resource and program decision-making. Opportunities to attend Congressional briefings with OW leadership may also be available.