Job Overview


About the Agency

This announcement has been amended to extend the closing date.

The Office of Research and Development (ORD) is seeking an internationally recognized science leader for the position of Atmospheric Scientist in the National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL), Atmospheric Modeling and Analysis Division (AMAD) 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 Atmospheric Modeling and Analysis Division (AMAD) performs research to advance exposure science by developing, evaluating, and applying models that simulate the atmospheric processes and the transport and fate of pollutants in the atmosphere. The Division is responsible for developing models used by EPA and the general atmospheric modeling community in understanding and forecasting not only the magnitude of the air pollution exposures, but also in developing and evaluating emission control policies and regulations.

The incumbent provides scientific leadership in the area of atmospheric sciences, with particular experience investigating how atmospheric processes relate exposure to air pollution and/or climate change. The incumbent plans, develops, organizes, directs, and leads a research program in atmospheric modeling, coordinates the AMAD program with other relevant programs inside and outside the Agency, and communicates the impact of the research. Responsibilities include:

- Establishing and leading a broad based multidisciplinary research program to address critical needs related to advancing atmospheric models that can simulate the transport and fate of pollutants in the atmosphere and applying those models for assessing exposures as they relate to critical Agency problems, including improving air quality and preparing for a changing climate.

- Conducting studies on the development, evaluation, and validation of analytical meteorological and air quality models to predict the temporal and spatial distribution of air pollutants and publish results in scientific journals.

- Providing leadership of ORD’s atmospheric modeling exposure research program by working with appropriate management and staff to help ensure that the program is on the leading scientific edge of such research.

- Serving as a senior spokesperson/representative for ORD in the area of atmospheric modeling research, including participation on workgroups within and outside EPA.

- Working in close coordination with appropriate ORD management and staff, the incumbent will seek opportunities to help guide the research agenda of outside research organizations with similar interests and define 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

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

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