Job Overview


About the Agency

The Office of Research and Development (ORD) is seeking an internationally recognized science leader for the position of Associate Director for Exposure Science in the National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL) in Durham (Research Triangle Park), North Carolina. Learn more about NERL 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.


The Office of Research and Development (ORD), National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL) is responsible for carrying out EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment by developing and applying innovations in exposure science. NERL provides scientific leadership, understanding, and tools necessary to quantify exposure for humans and ecosystems. The incumbent serves as the NERL scientific leader in the development and oversight of an innovative, integrated exposure research program that employs a variety of exposure science approaches, including the use of empirical, computational, and modeling tools. The incumbent:

Serves as the Associate Director for Exposure Science with responsibility for the strategic planning of NERL’s exposure research in the context of the ORD programs, collaborating closely with research leadership in NERL and from the other ORD laboratories and Centers to develop an integrated transdisciplinary research program.

Provides leadership and expertise to plan, develop, organize, and implement a national exposure research program.  This multi-media (air, water, land) program develops, evaluates, and applies measurement methods and models to describe the environment and to develop data on exposure of human/ecological receptors to environmental stressors in order to reduce uncertainty in risk assessment and facilitate risk management.

Serves as supervisor to the NERL Division Directors.

Serves as a member of the NERL Immediate Office Senior Leadership Team.

Serves as senior advisor to the Laboratory Director, the ORD Deputy Assistant Administrator, and the ORD Assistant Administrator; and as senior spokesperson/representative for ORD in the area of exposure science, including participation on workgroups within and outside EPA.

Seeks to maximize integrated, transdisciplinary collaborations in addressing the Agency’s high priority science issues and to influence the research agendas of outside research organizations and further collaborative opportunities.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • 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:

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Applications will be accepted from U.S. citizens and permanent residents as allowed by appropriations and statute.

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