The EPA National Student Services Contract has an immediate opening for a full-time contractor position; Application Developer Support with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA facility in Research Triangle Park, NC.
This is an excellent opportunity for a recent Bachelor’s graduate to collaborate with EPA’s research team. Research experience includes:
- Designing a software solution that works to upgrade the portability and improve the usability of AMET;
- Providing data management, data curation, data analysis, and quality control support for AMET;
- Supporting the development, maintenance, and analysis of AMET as part of the CMAQ system, including the potential extension of AMET to a container; and
- Networking and exploring many career paths at EPA.
Location: This job will be located at EPA’s facility in Research Triangle Park, NC.
Salary: $22.46 per hour.
Travel: Occasional overnight travel may be required.
- Demonstrated proficiency with programming in Java;
- Experience in coding scientific software and/or computational methods;
- Experience with linking Java and MySQL (or other databases);
- Experience with Linux;
- Experience developing software containers;
- Strong written, oral and electronic communication skills; and
- Demonstrated ability to work independently, proactively, and remotely with minimal supervision.
- Experience programming in Python or R or other scripting languages
What the EPA project is about
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. Within CEMM, the Atmospheric & Environmental Systems Modeling Division (AESMD) conducts research to advance EPA’s ability to characterize atmospheric and environmental processes that impact the transport, transformation, and fate of environmental contaminants in the air and the multimedia linkages of air pollutant emissions in support of the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.
As part of their mission, AESMD supports EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment by developing, evaluating, and applying state-of-the-science modeling tools that are used to manage air quality at local, state, regional, and global scales. Models developed by AESMD estimate the contributions of various air emission sources to ambient air pollution and inform human/ecological exposure and effects assessment. The AESMD staff consists of atmospheric scientists, meteorologists, hydrologists, physical scientists, computational chemists, chemical engineers, computer scientists, and statisticians.
The Community Multiscale Air Quality Modeling (CMAQ) system (www.epa.gov/cmaq) is an active open-source development project of the U.S. EPA that consists of a suite of programs for conducting air quality model simulations. CMAQ combines current knowledge in atmospheric science and air quality modeling, multi-processor computing techniques, and an open-source framework to deliver fast, technically sound estimates of ozone, particulates, toxics and acid deposition (https://www.epa.gov/cmaq). The Atmospheric Model Evaluation Tool (AMET) is the evaluation component of the CMAQ system. AMET was developed within AESMD, and it is used by scientists within and beyond the EPA to compare CMAQ simulations against observations of weather and air pollutants.
- Be at least 18 years of age and
- Have earned at least a Bachelor’s degree in computer science, atmospheric science, physical science, engineering, statistics, mathematics, or a related scientific or technological field 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.
Interested in this research opportunity? If so, follow the link below to apply. Questions? Email Elyse.Morrow@ORAU.org