Research Opportunity, EPA, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

A research opportunity is currently available at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).


Date posted

Jan. 2, 2020 12:00 am

Application deadline

Feb. 6, 2020 12:00 am


ORAU, Oak Ridge Institute


  • United States

Job description


Organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Reference Code: EPA-ORD-NERL-IO-2019-02

How to Apply

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

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

If you have questions, send an email to  Please include the reference code for this opportunity in your email.

Application Deadline: 2/6/2020 3:00:00 PM Eastern Time Zone


*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

A research opportunity is currently available at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD), Center for Environmental Measurement and Modeling (CEMM), Atmospheric and Environmental Systems Modeling Division (AESMD), located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. EPA ORD recently reorganized and these are the newly named Centers/Divisions/Branches. This was formerly in the National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL), Immediate Office (IO).

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Research and Development (ORD) is focused on enhancing air quality modeling approaches to inform regulatory decisions for permitting and characterization of non-attainment areas with specific attention to near-source air quality modeling capabilities. 

This research project is focused on the near-source area, including building affected dispersion (e.g., building downwash) and dispersion of mobile source emissions (near-road barrier and depressed roadway effects), and boundary layer characterizations in urban areas. The research participant will collaborate with an interdisciplinary team dedicated to enhancing EPA’s air quality modeling capabilities for near-source applications.

The research participant may be involved with the following activities:

  • Evaluating and analyzing pollutant patterns resulting from:
    • meteorological wind tunnel studies
    • computating fluid dynamics simulations
    • field studies
    • plume dispersion modeling
  • Developing near-field dispersion modeling approaches with a specific focus on the AERMOD dispersion model

The research participant will learn to run, analyze, and interpret field, laboratory and air quality model data, and may, as their interest dictates, gain experience with other models and tools. The research participant may acquire hands-on experience in performing analyses of experimental datasets, and in understanding the intricacies of air quality modeling in the near-field environment. The research participant may provide oral presentations, and have the opportunity to give a technical presentation at a scientific conference/workshop. The research participant's research may contribute to a manuscript to be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.

The mentor for this opportunity is David Heist (

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