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The EPA National Student Services Contract has an immediate opening for a full-time contractor position; Data Analysis Support with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA facility in Research Triangle Park, NC.

Salary: $22.91 per hour.

Travel: Occasional overnight travel may be required.

Required Skills:

  • Strong written, oral, and electronic communication skills
  • Demonstrated education and/or experience in data analysis and research
  • R-language programming (or other scripting language) experience
  • Education and/or experience with electronics and measurement systems (e.g., microprocessors, sensors, circuitry)
  • Experience in management of large data sets (100 thousand, 20 million, and up to 800 million data points depending on the sensor and project)
  • A working knowledge of air quality and low-cost air quality sensors
  • Comfort in working independently and in outdoor environments


  • Be at least 18 years of age and
  • Have earned at least a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, environmental science, statistics, chemistry, math, physics, computer science, information science or a closely related field of study from an accredited university or college within the last 24 months and
  • Be a citizen of the United States of America or a Legal Permanent Resident.

EPA ORD employees, their spouses, and children are not eligible to participate in this program.

What the EPA project is about

The Office of Research and Development (ORD) at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports high-quality research to improve the scientific basis for decisions on national environmental issues and help EPA achieve its environmental goals. Research is conducted in a broad range of environmental areas by scientists in EPA laboratories and at universities across the country.

Within ORD, the Center for Environmental Measurement & Modeling (CEMM) conducts research to advance EPA’s ability to measure and model contaminants in the environment, including research to provide fundamental methods and models needed to implement environmental statutes. The methods and models developed by CEMM are typically applied at the airshed, watershed and ecosystem level. Within CEMM, the Air Methods and Characterization Division (AMCD) develops, evaluates and applies advanced laboratory and field methods to measure, characterize, and analyze concentrations of pollutants in the air and at a diverse array of emission sources.

This is an excellent opportunity for a recent Bachelor’s graduate to collaborate with EPA’s research team. Research experience includes:

  • Develop fundamental methods required to support the implementation of the Clean Air Act (CAA), including federal reference methods (FRMs) and federal equivalent methods (FEMs) to measure criteria pollutants that are required to determine compliance with National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).
  • Develop analytical methods for the collection and analysis of air toxics and related species to meet regulatory requirements and inform analyses of exposure and health effects.
  • Develop, evaluate, and apply advanced monitoring technologies and methods to characterize and predict emissions from a variety of sources, provide solutions to manage air pollutant sources, and to minimize environmental impact.

Interested in this research opportunity? If so, follow the link below to apply. Questions? Email