EPA Fellowship in Regional Global Change Research, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Posted by: CAKE Team
Post Date: 5/21/2024
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Position/Title/Fund: EPA Fellowship in Regional Global Change Research
Type/Term: Full-time, 1-year term
Location: North Carolina
Deadline: Open until filled; August 2, 2024
Contact Info: Jeremy Baynes ([email protected])
Description:

A research opportunity is available at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD), Center for Public Health Environmental Assessment (CPHEA), Public Health and Environmental Systems Division (PHESD) in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Climate change, land use, and population change play a critical role in influencing cumulative impacts by exacerbating their individual and synergistic components and should be actively and proactively considered in community, ecosystem health, and ecosystem services research. Different research and decision-making applications may need data summaries at different spatial and temporal scales and stakeholders need guidance on which datasets are appropriate for varying research/decision context questions. 

This research opportunity aims to include future climate, population and land use data for the US States and Territories within and beyond continental US in the EPA tool- EnviroAtlas.This project will help accelerate resilience and adaptation efforts in communities and will help researchers understand the role of climate change as it influences cumulative impacts.The project will involve updates and modifications to existing EnviroAtlas climate projections data and metadata, and will involve expanding the future scenarios scenario database. The project will involve developing new methods to translate the climate data into spatial data.

Learning Objectives: Under the guidance of a mentor, the research participant will have the opportunity to:

  • Expand on their coding skills and get comfortable with scientific method.
  • Learn about the development of new geo-spatial and statistical techniques.
  • Conduct a literature review.
  • Process the global change data.
  • Develop new methods to synthesize the data.
  • Design new methods of displaying them in public tools.
  • Write and create communication and educational materials to promote the data.
  • Write, prepare, and present scientific publications and presentations.

Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Jeremy Baynes ([email protected]). If you have questions about the nature of the research, please contact the mentor.

Qualifications:

The qualified candidate should have received a Master's degree in one of the relevant fields or be currently pursuing with degree completion before the appointment start date. 

  • Statistical computing and methods skills that integrate large data sets from long-term field hydro-meteorological observations and regional modeling (e.g., WRF)
  • Programming skills: R or Python and Unix/Linux-based systems
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Evaluating outputs from the regional meteorological and/or regional climate models
  • Manipulating large data sets (i.e., terabytes) in standard formats (such as netCDF)
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) data management, analysis and mapping (ArcGIS,R)
  • Quality control of geospatial data
  • Creation of metadata and fact sheets supporting the data products
  • Literature review

The participant will be part of an interdisciplinary team of physical scientists, geographers, economists, and social scientists at EPA. Attention to detail and record keeping is desired and prior experience or desire to collaborate with stakeholder groups would also be beneficial.

How to Apply:

Apply online. A complete application consists of:

  • An application
  • Transcript(s) – For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted. All transcripts must be in English or include an official English translation. Click here for detailed information about acceptable transcripts.
  • A current resume/CV, including academic history, employment history, relevant experiences, and publication list
  • Two educational or professional recommendations. Click here for detailed information about recommendations.

All documents must be in English or include an official English translation.