EPA Water Contamination Monitoring Research Opportunity: Ohio

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Location: Cincinnati, OHIO
Deadline: 05 Aug 2022

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Monthly Stipend TBD
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*Applications may be reviewed on a rolling-basis and this posting could close before the deadline. EPA Office/Lab and Location: An applied research project is available at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office Water (OW), Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (OGWDW), Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Branch (UCMB) located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Research Project: The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) requires public water systems to monitor for unregulated contaminants in drinking water every five years. The U.S. EPA implements this requirement through the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR). The national drinking water occurrence data gathered through the UCMR program assists the U.S. EPA Administrator in determining whether or not to regulate a particular contaminant. The Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Branch (UCMB) in Cincinnati, Ohio implements the UCMR program, and manages the key components of this complex regulatory effort. The fifth UCMR (UCMR 5) starts in 2022 and the development of the sixth UCMR starts in 2023. Learning Objectives: The participant will carry out various research projects related to the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR). This includes learning about the Safe Drinking Water Act, evaluating UCMR 4 data, contributing to the implementation of UCMR 5, and providing research for UCMR 6. The participant will develop problem solving skills by encountering complex issues that arise during the development and implementation of an environmental rule. Additional research and project learning opportunities include: - Participating on the Workgroup, learning about stakeholder involvement, and the regulatory development process - Researching ways to develop and improve the database that supports UCMR 5 - Analyzing, reviewing and evaluating environmental monitoring data in a database, including contaminant occurrence and exposure estimates, and responding to technical issues associated with these data - Learning how to perform on-site laboratory and data audits for newly developed analytical methods, and addressing data reporting issues Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Brenda Bowden (bowden.brenda@epa.gov). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s). Anticipated Appointment Start Date: September-October 2022. All start dates are flexible and vary depending on numerous factors. Appointment Length: The appointment may initially be for one year and may be renewed up to three 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. Anticipated starting stipend is between $46,566 and $68,915. 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). Questions: Please see the FAQ section of our website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email ORISE.EPA.OW@orau.org and include the reference code for this opportunity.
The qualified candidate should be currently pursuing or have received a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date. Preferred skills: - Good communication skills, both oral and written - Skill with computer software, especially the Microsoft Office products Word, Excel and PowerPoint
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