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Various opportunities | The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water (OW) has multiple post-doc or graduate student research opportunities now available:

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) Science, Policy, and Program Coordination

In October 2021, EPA announced the Agency’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap – EPA’s whole-of-agency approach for addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. Under the Roadmap, EPA is coordinating both within and outside the Agency to take bold actions to research, restrict, and remediate PFAS. Under this research project, the participant will collaborate with EPA’s PFAS team both within the Office of Water and other offices at EPA to research the scientific, policy, and programmatic work underway on PFAS.

Disaster Resilience for Water and Wastewater Utilities

The goal of this research project is to research disaster resilience, recovery projects and tools, and study outreach techniques for water and wastewater utilities. The objective of this project is to enhance the resilience of utilities to disasters so communities can recover more quickly and withstand the impacts of future disasters such as boil water advisories and water outages. The selected participant will contribute research to a project designed to help water and wastewater utilities become more resilient to disasters.

Assessing Drinking Water System Capacity, Compliance, or Lead Exposures (multiple opportunities)

The Drinking Water Capacity and Compliance Assistance Division oversees implementation of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), covering all of America’s public water supplies. There is a need to effectively assess progress states and public water systems are making towards clean and safe water for all. This project will focus on drinking water data analysis and policy evaluation relating to regarding either lead exposures in drinking water or the capacity of drinking water systems.

Water Quality Criteria Implementation Support Fellowship

The primary goal of this research project is to support science and policy analysis on water quality standards program issues that have national implications, particularly those pertaining to the implementation of water quality criteria for pollutants such as metals and PFAS. The ORISE participant will be trained in SHPD’s National Branch, the branch that develops national guidance on implementation of ambient water quality criteria and provides technical support on implementation of WQS to EPA, regions, states, and tribes.

Water Reuse Policy, Technology & Regulation Research

The Office of Science and Technology helps implement the National Water Reuse Action Plan, or WRAP. The WRAP leverages the expertise of over 100 different organizations–including scientists, policy makers, and utilities–to address barriers to reuse through a series of actions. The research project will support the development of materials for medical professionals, as well as synthesizing national regulatory information on water reuse and presenting at conferences for water reuse professionals.

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Internship/Research Participation Programs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are educational and training programs designed to provide talented college students, recent graduates, and university faculty opportunities to participate in project-specific EPA research, current environmental research, and developmental activities. These internship and fellowship programs are key to the recruitment and preparation of the next generation of our diverse nation’s skilled workforce. The ORISE program at EPA provides research opportunities in science, engineering, technology, and math (STEM) related disciplines that compliment and advance EPA’s mission.

The OW ensures drinking water is safe and restores and maintains oceans, watersheds, and their aquatic ecosystems to protect human health, support economic and recreational activities, and provide healthy habitat for fish, plants and wildlife. In OW and at EPA, we are committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment where individual strengths and abilities make us a stronger organization. More information about the EPA’s Office of Water can be found here:

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