Research Chemist

Monday, July 19, 2021
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EPA Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nanoplastics

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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How to Apply

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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.

Application Deadline
11/1/2021 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone


*Applications may be reviewed on a rolling-basis and this posting could close before the deadline. Click here for information about the selection process.

EPA Office/Lab and Location: A research opportunity is available at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD), Center for Environmental Measurement and Modeling (CEMM), Watershed and Ecosystem Characterization Division (WECD), Multimedia Methods Branch (MMB) located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Research Project: EPA’s Multimedia Methods Branch develops and demonstrates analytical methodology that supports the Agency’s mission to protect the environment and public health. More specifically, current efforts under the Chemical Safety and Sustainability program and the Safe and Sustainable Water Resources program include research into the generation, release and exposure (human and ecosystem) to nanoscale plastic particles. This research project will involve the development and application of methods to characterize and measure plastic nanoparticles released into the environment from sources including the breakdown of secondary microplastics and emissions from 3D printers. 

In addition to learning how to use state-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation research activities may also include the following:

  • Designing and conducting experiments to measure and characterize nanopastic particles in laboratory and field settings
  • Conducting experiments using techniques and instruments such as dynamic light scattering (DLS), nanoparticle tracking analysis (NTA), asymmetric flow field flow fractionation (AF4), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), 3D printers, and scanning mobility particle analyzer (SMPS).

Learning Objectives: The research participant will have opportunities to learn how to design, conduct and report research using state-of-the-art facilities and instrumentation. The research participant may collaborate with EPA scientists to gain experience in analytical and environmental science. Commensurate with their education the research participant may conduct research, analyze data and write draft manuscripts (intended for publication in the peer-reviewed literature).

Mentor(s): The mentor for this opportunity is Kim Rogers ( If you have questions about the nature of the research please contact the mentor(s).

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Fall 2021.  All start dates are flexible and vary depending on numerous factors. Click here for detailed information about start dates.

Appointment Length: The appointment will initially be for one year and may be renewed up to four additional years upon EPA recommendation and subject to availability of funding.

Level of Participation: The appointment is full-time.

Participant Stipend: The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Click here for detailed information about full-time stipends.

EPA Security Clearance: Completion of a successful background investigation by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required for an applicant to be on-boarded at EPA.

ORISE Information: This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE), was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and EPA. Participants do not become employees of EPA, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. Health insurance can be obtained through ORISE.

Questions: Please see the FAQ section of our website. After reading, if you have additional questions about the application process please email and include the reference code for this opportunity.


The qualified candidate should have received a doctoral degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing the degree and will reach completion by the end of September 2021. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills: 

  • Experience working with nanomaterials or aerosols
  • Experience with bench-level research and publication in the areas of environmental chemistry or biochemistry

Eligibility Requirements

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  • Veteran Status: Veterans Preference, degree received within the last 120 month(s).