Project # EPA-ORD/NRMRL-STD-2014-06
Green Infrastructure Research in Urban Systems (see attachment)
A postdoctoral research project training opportunity is currently available
at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agencys (EPA) National Risk Management
Research Laboratory (NRMRL). The appointment will be served with the
Sustainable Technology Division (STD) in Cincinnati, Ohio.
STD research staff focus on advancing the scientific understanding,
development, and application of technologies to address a variety of areas
related to sustainability, including systems analysis, environmental
management, clean processes, green chemistry, and green engineering. Using a
multidisciplinary approach that integrates the abilities and interests of
ecologists, hydrologists, economists, social scientists and lawyers, EPA
Office of Research and Development and Regional scientists study the
ecological, social and economic aspects of how to better manage wastewater
flows in urban systems historically lacking in both environmental quality
and ecosystem services.
This project will study the implementation of green infrastructure (GI) at
multiple spatial scales in various urban systems throughout the U.S., and
address residential- and street-level GI in vacant lots, parks, and other
green spaces, and will utilize concepts in adaptive management as a
mechanism for implementation, and ongoing maintenance and improvement in GI
performance. The research participant may be involved in:
Design and undertake interdisciplinary research involving GI as
implemented in urban systems in the U.S.
Fieldwork collecting ecological, hydrologic and other environmental data.
Modeling, analyzing data and conducting research on quantifiable estimates
of ecological, social, and economic impacts of GI to understand its
implications for sustainability in water resources management, stormwater
runoff control, and ameliorating system conditions that lead to undesirable
combined sewer overflows.
The research participant will be exposed to and interact with a large team
of researchers from a variety of backgrounds across EPA and other government
and non-government institutions. S/he may also have the opportunity to
present research findings at conferences and collaborate on project-related
Applicants must have received a doctoral degree in ecology, geography,
hydrology, environmental science, economics, soil science, or a similar
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.
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
The appointment is 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. Ahjond Garmestani
How to Apply:
An application can be found at
http://ift.tt/1eqzsBl. Please reference
Project # EPA-ORD/NRMRL-STD-2014-06 when calling or writing for information.