Title: Postdoctoral Research Training Opportunity
Institutions: The Air Pollution Prevention and Control Division (APPCD), Research Triangle Park (RTP) http://orise.orau.gov/epa/applicants/description.aspx?JobId=18266
Location: North Carolina, United States
A postdoctoral research training opportunity is available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD), National Risk Management Research Laboratory (NRMRL). The appointment will be with the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Division (APPCD) in Research Triangle Park (RTP), North Carolina.
APPCD helps provide the basis for the formulation of EPA’s environmental policies and programs by playing a vital role in the EPA scientific research mission. APPCD helps develop and evaluate solutions to environmental problems faced by EPA, local and state agencies, and the public; provides information and tools that enable EPA to develop cost effective and sustainable approaches to protecting human health and the environment; and supports EPA’s environmental protection goals by providing direct support to EPA’s regulatory and voluntary programs and by developing and evaluating emissions measurement, emissions control, and cost effective risk management strategies. APPCD concentrates efforts in four research areas:
- Climate Change/Technology Assessment,
- Source/Emissions Characterization,
- Combustion/Emission Control, and
- Indoor Air Quality.
The research participant will conduct research in the development of novel approaches to energy system modeling and life cycle assessment to capture a broad range of direct and indirect environmental impacts that can affect communities. S/he will research how linkages between energy scenarios and life cycle assessment can be made, identify existing work in the literature that makes these connections, and explore the challenges associated with translating that information in a format that has utility to U.S. communities. S/he will use ORD’s regional-level MARKAL energy system model and U.S. 9-region database (EPAUS9r) to quantify possible future regional energy mixes. Life Cycle Assessment factors using tools such as the Tool for the Reduction and Assessment of Chemical and Other Environmental Impacts (TRACI) will then allow the associated local and supply chain impacts to be quantified. The research participant will then explore how to scale these portfolios and their impacts to a community level.
The goal of this research project is to examine the broad environmental consequences of community-level decisions in the context of the regional energy mixes. Therefore, the scope of the analysis would ideally include all of the sectors in the energy system, including resource supply, renewable and fossil, electric power production, refineries, and end-use sectors including transportation, residential, commercial and industrial. However, depending on the timing and complexity of the problem, the research participant may chose to focus on specific sectors, issues, impacts or supply chains to research in greater depth.
The research participant will gain experience in the following:
- Energy systems modeling and life cycle assessment.
- Interpreting modeling results.
- Navigating datasets for life cycle and energy technology characterization.
- Identifying possibilities for, and barriers to, integration of datasets relevant to energy system analysis and life cycle assessment.
- The application of system and life cycle tools for energy analysis at the community level.
- Collaboration with a diverse set of researchers, including energy system modelers, life cycle analysts, and other research efforts in the Sustainable and Health Communities Research Program. (Will include travel to the Cincinnati-based laboratory)
- Preparing presentations and papers, including those for non-technical groups, including outreach and communication to community and educational groups.
Through these activities, the research participant will gain a better understanding of the complexities of energy system choices at the community scale and an understanding of how to analyze the broader life cycle impacts of energy supply chains in communities.
Applicants must have received a doctoral degree in quantitative analysis, engineering, physical sciences, operations research, economics, decision analysis, statistics or related interdisciplinary field within five years of the desired starting date, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the starting date. Experience with life cycle assessment, energy modeling, and the application of tools such as optimization, simulation, and/or system dynamics modeling is desired.
The program is open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran. U. S. citizenship or lawful permanent resident status is preferred (but a candidate also may hold an appropriate visa status; an H1B visa is not appropriate). Guidelines for non-U.S. citizens may be found at http://orise.orau.gov/epa/applicants/immigration.htm.
The appointment will be full-time for one year and may be renewed upon recommendation of EPA and contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend. Funding may be made available to reimburse the participant's travel expenses to present the results of his/her research at scientific conferences. 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. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. The participant does not become an EPA employee.
The mentor for this project is Dr. Rebecca Dodder (firstname.lastname@example.org).
How to Apply:
An application can be found at http://orise.orau.gov/epa/applicants/application.htm. Please reference Project # EPA-ORD/NRMRL-APPCD-2015-04 when calling or writing for information.