Research Participation Program
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Research and Development
National Exposure Research Laboratory
Project # EPA-ORD/NERL-ERD-2015-10
Building Decision Support Tools Characterizing Harmful Cyanobacterial Algal Blooms
A research project training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development/National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL). The appointment will be served with the Ecosystems Research Division (ERD) in Athens, Georgia.
ERD conducts laboratory, modeling and field research to assess chemical and non-chemical stressors. It promotes sustainable ecosystem health and informs decisions that support environmental protection by applying the best biological, chemical and geophysical science as the foundation for ecosystem exposure research. ERD conducts field and laboratory process investigations, and links these to modeling studies to address concerns related to the fate and transport of chemical contaminants and the environmental impacts of physical stressors.
The goal of this project is to support the environmental management and public use of U.S. lakes and estuaries by providing the capability of detecting and quantifying algal blooms and related water quality using satellite data records.
The participant will be involved in the following research activities:
• Acting as a member of an agile software development team to design, implement, and maintain/enhance an Android mobile application disseminating occurrences of HABs to Cyanobacteria Assessment Network (CyAN) program stakeholders.
• Implementing the IT infrastructure that supports the applications, web page development, and/or cloud server maintenance. Developing a range of agile programming skills as a coder contributing to EPA science models, databases, and web applications. Activities could include computer programming (Python, web scripting languages, and/or R).
Applicants have received a doctoral or master’s degree in computer science , applied math, applied physics, biology, chemistry, ecology and evolutionary biology, earth and atmospheric sciences, engineering (biological, chemical, computer, environmental), environmental science, fisheries & wildlife, genetics, geography, geology, mathematics, microbiology, physics, statistics within five years of the desired start date.
The program is open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran. U.S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status is preferred (but a candidate also may hold an appropriate visa status; an H1B visa is not appropriate). Guidelines for non-U.S. citizens may be found at http://orise.orau.gov/epa/applicants/immigration.htm.
The appointment will be full-time for 12 months and may be renewed upon recommendation of EPA and contingent on the availability of funds. The research participant will receive a monthly stipend. No funding will be made available to cover travel costs for pre-appointment visits, relocation costs, tuition and fees, or a participant’s health insurance. Funding may be made available to reimburse the participant’s travel expenses to present the results of his/her research at scientific conferences. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. The fellow does not become an EPA employee.
The EPA contact person for this project is Mike Galvin (Galvin.firstname.lastname@example.org).
How to Apply:
An application can be found at http://orise.orau.gov/epa/applicants/application.htm. Please reference Project # EPA-ORD/NERL-ERD-2015-10 when calling or writing for information.