U.S. citizens: Fostering Technology, Innovation and Sustainability For Clean and Safe Water
A postgraduate research project training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Water (OW). The appointment will be served with the Water Technology and Innovation team in the Office of Science and Technology (OST) in Washington, D.C.
The team assesses how OW programs and policies can better foster consideration and integration of sustainability principles and technological innovations into its programs. Close collaboration between the team, participant, and other EPA offices, Federal agencies and external groups is expected.
Under the guidance of the mentor, the participant may be involved in:
- Conducting research activities in areas such as: water reuse, water resource management, resource recovery and pollution prevention, green infrastructure, sensors for water monitoring and big data, water sustainability operationalization, water technologies, and research interests of the participant and the team
- Implementing the 10 market opportunities described in the Water Technology Innovation Blueprints through research and policy priorities (https://www.epa.gov/innovation/water-technology-innovation-blueprints)
- Attending conferences and meetings regarding technology, innovation, and sustainability; researching conference opportunities to present research; and creating connections for further integration of innovation and sustainability principles in and outside EPA
- Developing and reviewing communication and outreach materials, including white papers, talking points, brochures, website content, and blog posts (https://www.epa.gov/innovation/water-innovation-and-technology)
- Analyzing the opportunities and implications of water technology and innovation through the lenses of infrastructure, economic impact, policy, small systems, equity, affordability, and accessibility.
This educational opportunity will expose the participant to regulatory, policy, technical, and research experiences related to Water Sustainability and Innovation. The research participant will develop a sound understanding of water resources management including the critical challenges facing the U.S and world. They will understand sustainability initiatives that are currently being implemented and are on the horizon to solve water resource issues.
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. The initial appointment is for one year, and may be renewed up to three additional years upon EPA recommendation and subject to availability of funding. The participant will receive an annual stipend of $56,233. 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. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at EPA in the Washington, DC area. Participants do not become employees of EPA, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.
The qualified candidate must have received a master's degree in one of the relevant fields with a focus/interest in water, technology, innovation, and/or sustainability. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.
- Good interpersonal relationship skills
- Possess the skills for analysis, critical thinking and problem solving
- Excellent written communication and oral presentation skills
- Ability to multi-task and handle multiple projects with short-turnaround time-frames and minimal guidance
- Strong networking and communication skills with a broad range of peers, and adaptability to work with diverse groups of people of differing opinions
- Ability to research a broad variety of water sustainability subjects and projects, while also researching in-depth in a few key subject areas