[ES_JOBS_NET] Post-doc Position, Cooking Emissions, US EPA, North Carolina

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Mon Jan 5 11:15:04 MST 2015


  Research Opportunity Description

    Evaluation of Cookstoves for the Developing World
    Research Participation Program
    Office of Research and Development
    National Risk Management Research Laboratory
    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
    Research Triangle Park, NC


        Project Description:

A postdoctoral research project training opportunity is currently 
available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National 
Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL). The appointment will be 
served with the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Division (APPCD) in 
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

APPCD helps provide the basis for the formulation of EPA’s environmental 
policies and programs by playing a vital role in the EPA scientific 
research mission. APPCD: helps develop and evaluate solutions to 
environmental problems faced by EPA, local and state agencies, and the 
public; provides information and tools that enable EPA to develop the 
cost effective and sustainable approaches to protecting human health and 
the environment; and supports EPA’s environmental protection goals by 
providing direct support to EPA’s regulatory and voluntary programs and 
by developing and evaluating emissions measurement, emissions control, 
and cost effective risk management strategies. APPCD concentrates 
efforts in four research areas:

  * Climate Change/Technology Assessment,
  * Source/Emissions Characterization,
  * Combustion/Emission Control, and
  * Indoor Air Quality.

This project focuses on the scientific evaluation of air pollutant 
emissions and fuel efficiency of solid-fuel cookstoves for the 
developing world, and offers an opportunity to contribute in a research 
area with significant global impact on human health and the environment. 
The participant will be part of a team of scientists and engineers 
conducting activities that may include (but not be limited to) the 

  * Measurement of air pollutant emissions in the laboratory and/or in
    the field
  * Evaluation of emissions of gases and particulate matter that affects
    human health
  * Evaluation of emissions of greenhouse gases and aerosols that affect
    climate change
  * Measurement of energy efficiency and fuel use in the laboratory
    and/or in the field
  * Technical capacity building and training in developing countries
  * Biomass fuels research
  * Combustion research
  * Testing protocols and standards development

S/he will learn specialized air pollutant emissions measurement 
techniques, analyses of experimental data, and effective presentation of 
results. S/he will be mentored in data interpretation, presentation, 
organization, and communication of scientific findings. The participant 
will also expand his/her knowledge by interactions with a diverse group 
of researchers on interdisciplinary cross-cutting scientific issues 
related to indoor environmental quality, sustainability, and risk 
management in the cookstove sector. S/he will have latitude in 
exercising independent initiative and judgment in the research 
commensurate with the level of training.

Professional development opportunities will include presenting research 
at scientific meetings, authoring publications, and collaborating with a 
diverse and distinguished group of scientists and engineers with EPA and 
with many U.S. and international partners.


Applicants must have received a doctoral degree in an environmental 
science, environmental engineering, environmental technology, 
environmental chemistry, or a related field within five years of the 
desired starting date, or completion of all requirements for the degree 
should be expected prior to the starting date. Specialized training or 
experience in biomass fuels research, measuring air pollutant emissions 
from combustion sources, research on the technical evaluation of 
cookstoves for developing countries, or other related areas is desired.

The program is open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, 
sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national 
origin, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran. U.S. citizenship 
or lawful permanent resident status is preferred (but a candidate also 
may hold an appropriate visa status; an H1B visa is not appropriate). 
Guidelines for non-U.S. citizens may be found at 

The appointment is full time for one year and may be renewed upon 
recommendation of EPA and contingent on the availability of funds. The 
participant will receive a monthly stipend. Funding may be made 
available to reimburse the participant's travel expenses to present the 
results of his/her research at scientific conferences. No funding will 
be made available to cover travel costs for pre-appointment visits, 
relocation costs, tuition and fees, or a participant's health insurance. 
The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. *The 
participant does not become an EPA employee.*

        Technical Questions:

The mentor for this project is Jim Jetter (jetter.jim at epa.gov 
<mailto:jetter.jim at epa.gov>).


        How to Apply:

An application can be found at 
http://orise.orau.gov/epa/applicants/application.htm. */Please reference 
Project # EPA-ORD//**/NRMRL-APPCD-2015-01 when calling or writing for 

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