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Aquatic Toxicology Research Support

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The EPA National Student Services Contract has an immediate opening for a full-time contractor position; Aquatic Toxicology Research Support with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA facility in Duluth, MN. 

Salary: $22.24 per hour.

Travel: Occasional overnight travel may be required.

Required Skills:
  • At the undergraduate level, two or more courses in chemistry and two or more courses in biology;
  • Experience in conducting scientific research in biology, environmental science, and/or chemistry; and
  • Experience with spreadsheet preparation, data collection, and data analysis.
  • Be at least 18 years of age and
  • Have earned at least a Bachelor’s degree in biology, aquatic biology, natural resources, chemistry, toxicology, or a related field from an accredited university or college within the last 24 month 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 Center for Computational Toxicology & Exposure (CCTE) within ORD is a scientific organization working to support Agency decisions by providing solutions-driven research to rapidly evaluate the potential human health and environmental risks due to exposures to environmental chemicals and ensure the integrity of the freshwater environment and its capacity to support human well-being. The Great Lakes Toxicology and Ecology Division (GLTED), one of four Division within CCTE, focuses on freshwater ecotoxicity and freshwater coastal ecology. The Division encompasses traditional and predictive toxicology using advanced scientific tools to produce science to inform ecological risk assessments of chemicals by EPA’s Program Offices and Regions. 

The GLTED is responsible for research on the broad area of aquatic toxicology. This position will support the division’s role in assessing the aquatic toxicity of environmental contaminants, including per- and poly-fluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS). 

This is an excellent opportunity for a recent Bachelor’s graduate to collaborate with EPA’s research team. Research experience includes:
  • Preparing laboratory exposure systems for use;
  • Recording of experimental data;
  • Reviewing of literature regarding test toxicity test methods, data, or other information relevant to the overall research effort; and
  • Networking and exploring many career paths at EPA.
Interested in this research opportunity? If so, follow the link below to apply. Questions? Email