Funding agency: 
Oak Ridge Associated Universities and US EPA

The EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD) is involved in research on the potential environmental effects of engineered nanomaterials. We are building a database containing the results of ORD research on the environmental and biological effects of engineered nanomaterials, which will enable analysis of relationships between the physical and chemical properties of nanomaterials and their environmental actions. The database structure has been developed and is being populated with data from existing publications regarding the environmental fate, transport, transformations, exposure and toxic effects on ecological or human species. During this research opportunity the research participant will gain experience in curation of the data, reading manuscripts, extracting data relevant for the database, and collaborating with a research team to conduct novel analyses of the database. The research participant will have opportunities to write and co-author manuscripts based on analyses of the database. Knowledge of nanomaterial environmental and toxicological science will benefit the participant in understanding relevant parameters to extract from the published literature, as well as conducting novel assessments of the completed database.

Research learning objectives may include:

  • Understanding nanomaterials, their role in industry and commerce, and potential release into the environment
  • Understanding the physical and chemical properties of nanomaterials
  • Learning about environmental fate, transport and transformation of nanomaterials
  • Learning about nanomaterial toxicology
  • Learning database structure and manipulation
  • Conducting statistical analysis of the relationships between nanomaterial properties and their environmental actions including potential toxicity to humans or key environmental species
  • Writing and editing scientific manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals

The qualified candidate should have received a bachelor's degree in one of the relevant fields, or be currently pursuing the degree and will reach completion by the start date of the appointment. Degree must have been received within five years of the appointment start date.

Preferred skills:

  • Classes or training in organic chemistry, biochemistry, engineered nanomaterials, or environmental sciences
  • Interest in discovery of novel relationships between nanomaterial properties and their actions in environmental or biological systems
Eligibility Requirements
Degree:Bachelor's Degree received within the last 60 months or anticipated to be received by 7/1/2019 12:00:00 AM.
June 30, 2019
Funding type: 
Graduate students