About the Agency
The Office of Research and Development (ORD) is seeking an internationally recognized science leader for the position of Computational Exposure Scientist in the National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL) in Durham (Research Triangle Park), North Carolina. Learn more about NERL at http://www2.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-research-and-development-ord .
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.
NERL is leading the development of approaches to exposure science that take advantage of new information and monitoring technology and large new sources of data to improve the rate and scope of exposure assessments. The incumbent strengthens a critical capability in the area of computational exposure science through the conduct and leadership of a research program that enhances coordination, collaboration and communication within NERL and across ORD Laboratories and Centers.
The incumbent develops and implements complex computational solutions that facilitate the use of “big data” (from traditional and non-traditional sources) to develop an understanding of the factors that lead to exposure and to develop rapid exposure and dose assessments for chemicals.
The incumbent utilizes knowledge of advanced informatics methods, tools and resources in chemistry, environmental science, exposure science, and behavioral science to interpret and understand the importance of various data sets relative to characterizing human and ecological exposure. This includes:
Providing expertise to research teams on how to structure research projects and capture data of sufficient quality and quantity into databases that facilitate integration and interpretation of highly-dimensional data.
Developing, validating and implementing novel computational algorithms, data mining of multiple relational databases, reading and critically evaluating the relevant scientific literature, and preparing oral and written reports and presentations.
Providing guidance, training, support and resources to scientists within NERL and throughout EPA in the proper use of state-of-the-science informatics tools and recommending policies and procedures for the acquisition, storage, retrieval and analysis of exposure information across ORD.
Serving as a senior spokesperson/representative for ORD in the area of computational exposure science, including participation on workgroups within and outside EPA.
Seeking opportunities to help guide the research agenda of outside research organizations with similar interests and defining collaborative opportunities.