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About the Organization:
The National Center for Environmental Research (NCER) is a leading organization in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Research and Development (ORD). NCER’s mission is to support high-quality research by the nation’s leading scientists that will improve the scientific basis for decisions on national environmental issues. NCER supports the Council for Regulatory Environmental Modeling (CREM), a cross-Agency institution established to promote consistency and consensus among environmental model developers and users, thus helping to ensure that the Agency’s model-based decisions are legally defensible and politically credible because they are based on the best available, practicable science. Additional information on NCER and CREM is available at http://www.epa.gov/ncer and http://www.epa.gov/crem, respectively.

Skills and Qualifications:
We seek a candidate to fill a federal three-year post-doctoral research position in support of activities related to the CREM. The successful candidate will join a dynamic team which liaises with all of EPA’s program and regional offices. The position will include involvement in both operational activities to support modeling at EPA, research into the emerging scientific and technological advances that may affect model development and use, and policy-making in the sciences.

The best-suited background for this postdoctoral position includes a Ph.D. degree in a relevant environmental, technical or natural sciences subject, applied work experience, extensive modeling experience and a sound understanding of issues at the environmental science-policy-management interface. The position requires a background in quantitative methods, superb analytical skills, interest in assessing policy issues, and experience in: (1) applying decision tools in the environmental arena; (2) managing and analyzing data; (3) using the environmental or health sciences to formulate and communicate policy options. Experience with Bayesian statistics and the use of Bayesian networks are a plus, as is cross-disciplinary training (e.g. in economics, decision analytics, law).

Other essential skills include the ability to work well independently and in project teams, as well as strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.

About the Position:
The CREM post-doctoral position will be based in the NCER Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and will be filled beginning June 2006. This excepted service appointment will last for three years and offer a salary range of $54,272, - $84,559 commensurate with qualifications. The selected candidate will be eligible for a full benefits package, including relocation expenses, health and life insurance, and vacation and sick leave benefits. Applicants must be United States citizens.

The filing deadline for the position is April 30, 2006.

To Apply:
For specific job information and application instructions for the NCER post-doctoral program, you may access this website: www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/postdoc.html

Application Process

Applicants must provide:

  • Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of recommendation from your research advisor or comparable official
  • Cover letter indicating:
    • your email address
    • U.S. Citizenship status, AND
    • How you learned of this program
  • DD-214, if claiming veteran's preference
  • Where to send the application materials. Please send all of the materials listed. Note - online applications will not be accepted.
  • Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents. Only in the absence of qualified U.S. citizens will permanent residents who are citizens of countries specified as exceptions to the appropriations act ban on paying non-U.S. citizens be considered. Further information on Federal employment of non-citizens is available at http://www.opm.gov/employ/html/citizen.htm.

EPA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case by case basis.

Application Mailing Address

All application materials must be postmarked by the last day of the application period and sent to:

Mail your application materials to:

US EPA, HRMD-C639-02
Attn: Ms. Dorothy Carr, 4930 Page Road
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711

For express courier, send to:
Attn: Ms. Dorothy Carr,
Mail Drop C639-02
HRMD/Suite C 635,
4930 Page Road
Durham, NC 27703

OR FAX to (919) 541-2186; however, applications faxed from a U.S. government fax machine will not be accepted. Applications sent electronically via the Internet or mailed in U.S. government postage-paid envelopes will also not receive consideration. If you have questions, contact Ms. Dorothy Carr at (919) 541-4356 or email at carr.dorothy@epa.gov.

U.S. EPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provides Reasonable Accommodations to Applicants with Disabilities

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