Research Opportunity for Students and Recent Grads

Research Opportunity for Students and Recent Grads


Project Description:

A postgraduate research project training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD), National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL). This appointment will be served with NRMRL Sustainable Technology Division (STD) and Region 5 Water Division in Chicago, Illinois.

This project will study the implementation of green infrastructure at multiple scales in various urban sewersheds in different locations throughout the United States, and address residential- and street-level green-infrastructure (GI) in vacant lots, parks, and other types of land parcels. The research participant could be involved in the following:

  • Researching available data and study Life Cycle Analysis techniques applicable to different types of green infrastructure
  • Researching quantifiable estimates of social, economic and environmental impacts of GI to understand its implications for sustainability in water resources management, stormwater runoff control, and correcting systems conditions that lead to undesirable combined sewer overflows.
  • Collecting field samples for agronomic, hydrometric and other environmental data to be used for developing links between landscape ecological endpoints and hydrological processes. These datasets will be used to pursue the development of linkages between landscape ecological endpoints and hydrological processes.

The research participant will be exposed to and interact with a large team of researchers from a variety of backgrounds across EPA and other government and non-government institutions. S/he will also gain experience with statistical data analysis. The participant may have the opportunity to present research findings at a select research conference and collaborate on a project-related manuscript(s).


Applicants must have received a bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, environmental science, entomology, plant sciences, geography, environmental engineering, or a similar field within five years of the desired starting date, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the starting date. A background in horticulture or hydrology, with experience in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and statistical (e.g., R, SAS) codes is desired.

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 can also hold an appropriate visa status, however, an H1B visa is not appropriate).

The appointment is full-time for one year, and may be renewed for up to two additional years upon recommendation of EPA, contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend.

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