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Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

Chapel Hill, NC

EPA Personal Protective Equipment Efficiency Fellowship

Location1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 20500
Employment TypeFull Time
Date Posted2021-10-27
Direct Apply
Valid Through2023-02-16

Job Description:

*Applications may be reviewed on a rolling-basis and this posting could close before the deadline. 

EPA Office/Lab and Location: A research opportunity is available at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD), Center for Public Health Environmental Assessment (CPHEA), Public Health and Integrated Toxicology Division (PHITD) located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Research Project: This research opportunity will involve the application of anthropometrics to the characterization and development of solutions to environmental health problems. The research participant will collaborate with a multidisciplinary team of toxicologists, engineers, statisticians and medical personnel who are investigating determinants of human susceptibility to air pollution with an aim towards identifying strategic approaches that can mitigate adverse health effects in exposed populations. Research activities will include:

  • Collaborating with leading scientists to address environmental health challenges
  • Participating in a team-based, multidisciplinary environment
  • Gaining hands-on experience in the planning, design, administration and execution of clinical research projects
  • Learning to analyze data generated in clinical research studies
  • Presenting research findings at international conferences
  • Author publications based on research findings

Learning Objectives: Under the guidance of a mentor the participant may have the opportunity to:

  • Gain experience and become familiar with clinical research study skills such as assisting with preparation of documents for IRB approval, subject recruitment materials, obtaining informed consent from study volunteers and interacting with medical personnel on subjects pertaining to subject qualification.
  • Participate in the analyses of clinical study data including lung function values obtained through spirometric testing, and gain experience in the use of 3D analyses of morphometric variations that influence the performance of personal protective equipment such as respirators and other face coverings.
  • Learn to develop written and oral presentation skills by preparing and delivering scientific findings to internal and external audiences.

Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is James Samet (*****). If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Winter 2022. All start dates are flexible and vary depending on numerous factors.

Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year and may be renewed up to three or four additional years upon EPA recommendation and subject to availability of funding.

Level of Participation: The appointment is part-time (20 hours per week).

Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. 

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.

Questions: Please see the FAQ section of our website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email ***** and include the reference code for this opportunity.

Job ID: 8820883315676774202

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