University of Washington School of Public Health
Officers - US EPA: Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics
Closing Date: July 6, 2018
Posted: June 6, 2018
The EPA’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT) is offering opportunities for Officers from the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps (PHSCC) to serve as toxicologists/biologists (human health and ecotoxicology), industrial hygienists, exposure assessors, chemical engineers, and environmental fate and transport assessors in its Risk Assessment Division (RAD) to work on engineering, exposure, fate and human health and environmental risk assessments. On June 22, 2016, the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act was signed into law thereby amending the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Nation’s primary chemicals management law. Providing technical support for this new legislation is one of the primary responsibilities of RAD. Incumbents will serve in one of five assessment branches in RAD and work at offices located at the William Jefferson Clinton East Building (Federal Triangle Metro Stop), 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. Washington, DC 20460.
RAD manages the assessment and integration of the health and environmental hazards, environmental releases, environmental fate and transport, industrial hygiene, exposures (general population, consumers, workers, environmental), engineering processes, conditions of use and risks of new and existing chemicals, microorganisms and applications of biotechnology. This involves preparing assessments which characterize the potential, including hazard, environmental fate, release and exposure, in a risk assessment context. In addition, the incumbent will participate in reviewing and evaluating test data, developing and/or enhancing predictive models which are used when data are lacking, and developing and/or reviewing test methods, measurement techniques and assessment procedures, frameworks, and guidelines used to support exposure, engineering, industrial hygiene, and fate assessments in support of OPPT programs. The incumbent may participate in developing, evaluating, managing and maintaining models, expert systems or other evaluation tools used by OPPT in assessing human and environmental exposure, environmental releases, environmental fate and transport and evaluating engineering controls and worker protection measures. In addition, the incumbent will assist in ensuring that the procedures and criteria employed by OPPT are consistent with Agency guidelines and the current state-of-the-science. RAD is also on the cutting edge of regulating nanotechnology and biotechnology under the amended TSCA.
There are approximately 80 individuals in RAD; they are biologists, chemical engineers, chemists, computational and environmental modelers, ecological assessors, environmental engineers, epidemiologists, microbiologists, physical scientists, toxicologists, environmental specialists and generalists. RAD is a matrix organization and the work is performed in multidisciplinary teams, and discipline-specific technical teams.
No travel or relocation expenses will be paid by EPA.
The salary for this position is commensurate with qualifications and professional experience. A
full Civil Service benefits package is available, which includes Retirement, Thrift Savings Plan
participation (401K equivalent), Health, Life and Long-Term Care insurance.
Candidates should possess a degree in biology, chemistry, chemical engineering, environmental
engineering, industrial hygiene, microbiology and related fields. Candidates must reside in the
Washington, DC metropolitan area.
Please submit cover letter and CV to Cathy Fehrenbacher (Fehrenbacher.firstname.lastname@example.org),
Acting Director Risk Assessment Division; for further information, please call Cathy on (202)