Wednesday, April 8, 2020
ORISE Research Intern
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Two research opportunities are currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water (OW). This appointment will be served with the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (OGWDW) in the Water Security Division (WSD) located in Washington, DC.
The objective of this project is to advance the nation's analytical ability to response to drinking water and wastewater contamination incidents. A goal is to build the Agency's capacity to guide and coordinate activities to ensure that water utilities such as drinking water and wastewater systems are protecting and safeguarding public health from terrorists and other intentional acts as well as natural and other disasters. This project will conduct research to provide technical assistance to water utilities for conducting vulnerability assessments, developing/revising emergency response plans, and responding to security alerts and attacks; and this project will conduct research to build effective water security practices into the ongoing operations of water utilities.
Under the guidance of a mentor, the participant will develop skills to advance incident response efforts for the nation’s water sector by learning how to create new tools and technical guidance documents. The participant will be able to present research results at technical conferences and collaborate with federal agencies and the general public aimed towards protecting the water and wastewater infrastructure of the United States. In addition, the participant will be exposed to research efforts aimed towards water infrastructure protection, including physical damage, contamination from biological, chemical and radiological agents and system failures. Specifically, the participant will: (1) Learn how to research and compose biological, chemical and radiochemical contaminant profiles; (2) Learn about methodologies used to strengthen the infrastructure of water systems; (3) Learn how science policy is developed and implemented on the federal level.
The mentor for this opportunity is Latisha Mapp (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more information including qualifications, eligibility requirements and application process visit the following webpage:
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Spring/Summer/Fall 2020
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. The initial appointment is for one year, however, may be renewed upon recommendation of EPA and is contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. The annual stipend will be as follows depending on education level: $48,670 (Bachelor's), $59,534 (Master's) and $72,030 (Doctoral). Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at EPA in the Washington, DC area. Participants do not become employees of EPA, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.
Completion of a successful background investigation by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required for an applicant to be on-boarded at EPA. OPM can complete a background investigation only for individuals, including non-US citizens, who have resided in the US for the past three years.