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Agency:  Environmental Protection Agency
Job Announcement Number:  RTP-ORD-42-2013-0001

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$155,500.00 to $200,000.00 / Per Year
Thursday, August 29, 2013 to Friday, November 01, 2013
Full-time - This is a term position of up to 5 years which may be renewed
1 vacancy - Narragansett, RI   View Map
Applications will be accepted from U.S. citizens and permanent residents as allowed by appropriations and statute.


Due to government shutdown, the open period of this vacancy is extended through November 1, 2013.

The Office of Research and Development (ORD) is seeking an internationally recognized science leader for the position of Director of the Atlantic Ecology Division (AED) of the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL) in Narragansett, Rhode Island.  Learn more about AED at .

ORD is filling this position using EPA's Title 42 Authority, which offers up to 5-year renewable term appointments at highly competitive, market-based salaries. The salary may be up to $200,000 per year, dependent upon qualifications, experience and other factors (e.g., current salary). The position is part of a larger EPA effort to use state-of-the-science approaches and technologies in its mission of protecting human health and the environment.
SPECIAL NOTE:  The position is subject to the Ethics in Government Act of 1978. Appointment will be subject to applicant's completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Also, appointment will be subject to applicant's completion of a financial disclosure process which includes completing an OGE Form 278, Public Financial Disclosure Report.



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    This incumbent serves as the Director of the Atlantic Ecology Division (AED) of the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL) in the Office of Research and Development (ORD).  NHEERL is responsible for formulating and implementing a comprehensive research program as a component of the integrated, transdisciplinary research that constitutes the overall ORD research portfolio. The NHEERL program is designed to investigate the effects of environmental pollutants and other anthropogenic stresses on human health and the ecosystems in which we live.  NHEERL is the focal point for toxicological, clinical, epidemiological, and ecological research within the Agency.  NHEERL scientists utilize a broad range of molecular, cellular and animal assays along with human and ecological studies to produce methods, models and data needed to inform the Agency’s health and ecological risk assessment processes.  In addition to its intramural research, NHEERL fosters collaborative research projects with other government agencies, academia and other scientific institutions to complement NHEERL and ORD’s mission-oriented efforts as well as to ensure that the Agency has the benefit of the highest quality peer-reviewed science. 
    The incumbent is responsible for scientific leadership of the Division and has substantial hands-on involvement and participation in the scientific research of the Division.  It is expected that the incumbent will serve as a leader in the development and oversight of an innovative, integrated multi disciplinary research program which conducts sediment and water quality research in a variety of environments ranging from freshwater to marsh and estuarine to nearshore marine environments along the Atlantic coast from North Carolina to Maine.  In addition, the incumbent will serve as a lead for developing collaborative research projects with entities outside NHEERL, both within and outside the Agency.  The AED Director will serve as a lead for communicating the impact of research both to partners within the Agency and to entities outside the Agency. 
    Major duties are as follows:

    Plans, develops, organizes, directs and implements a highly technical and complex science research program that has nationwide impact.
    Serves as leader of an integrated research program in the assessment of the effects of contaminants and environmental stressors on ecosystem integrity.
    Serves as senior spokesperson/representative for ORD in the area of ecological assessment, including participation on workgroups within and outside EPA.
    Works in close coordination with appropriate management and staff across all NHEERL Divisions and ORD laboratories and centers and seeks to maximize integrated, multidisciplinary collaborations in addressing the Agency’s high priority science issues. 


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    If selected for this position, you will provide leadership across ORD in the activities stated previously. You will have a combination of technical expertise, management, and supervisory experience applicable to the activities above.

    To meet the eligibility criteria, you must have a doctoral degree in a scientific discipline related to AED's research and substantive specialized experience in a type of work or a combination of functions directly related to this position. You should be nationally and internationally recognized as an authority and leader on complex problems of concern to EPA for which ecologic risk assessment is relevant. You should have received honors and awards from major national and/or international organizations for your accomplishments. You should be sought after as an advisor and expert on scientific and technological programs relevant to ORD's and NHEERL's mission. As evidence of your qualifications and scientific contributions, you may also: 1) hold, or have held, elected position(s) in scientific societies; 2) have served on journal editorial boards; 3) have received an extensive number of invitations to write and speak on issues related to ecological risk assessment; 4) have written numerous book chapters and peer reviewed publications in high quality journals; 5) have served in leadership roles on numerous task forces/committees; and/or 6) have been an advisor to national and international institutions/governments.

    Appointment will be subject to your completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.


    You will be evaluated on the basis of meeting the qualifications stated previously. In determining the degree to which candidates possess the required or desired knowledge, skills, and abilities, an evaluation panel will consider related experience, education, training, awards, and professional references.
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    Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options!  Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit Benefits.  


    This information is used to determine your qualifications for employment.  The use of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC, Sections 3302 and 3361.
    If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid by EPA according to applicable rules.  You can read more about these expenses on this web site:
    Non-U.S. citizens who are U.S. permanent residents may be appointed as allowed by appropriations and statute.  For more information on Federal employment of non-U.S. citizens, go to


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    Send the following information:
    - A cover letter (1-2 pages), to include your experience in leading an ecological research program, the impact it has had on natural resources and related decision making, and how your experience relates to the duties of the position for which you are applying;
    - Curriculum vitae;
    - The names and contact information for three references;
    - Citizenship status;
    - Compensation requirements;
    - How you heard about this vacancy.
    Please cite announcement number RTP-ORD-42-2013-0001 in your application. Applications should be sent via email to or mailed to the attention of Ms. Dorothy Carr, U.S. EPA, HRMD, MD-C639-02, 109 TW Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27711.
    Applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on November 1, 2013, in order to be considered. Applications will not be considered if submitted via USAJOBS.


    Electronic submission of the application materials referenced above is encouraged. Applications sent via email must be submitted in a format readable by this office, such as MS Word, portable document format (PDF), rich text format (RTF), or plain text. Use of any format we cannot read may invalidate your application.


    Dorothy Carr
    Phone: 800-433-9633
    Fax: 919-541-0160
    Agency Information:
    Environmental Protection Agency
    Human Resources Management Division
    109 T.W. Alexander Drive, MD C639-02
    Durham, NC
    Fax: 919-541-0160


    For additional information, Ms. Carr can also be reached at (800) 433-9633. Technical questions pertaining to this vacancy may be addressed to Dr. Tom Fontaine at (541) 754-4601.

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