Water Infrastructure Engineer
The EPA National Student Services Contract has an immediate opening for a full-time contractor position; Water Infrastructure Engineer with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA facility in Cincinnati, OH.
Salary: $23.08 per hour.
Travel: Occasional overnight travel may be required.
- Coursework that includes fundamental civil, environmental or chemical engineering courses;
- Coursework in hydraulics and/or fluid dynamics;
- Coursework that involves basic computer programming;
- Demonstrated experience with mathematical model use and development;
- Demonstrated experience with Python or MATLAB programming; and
- Strong written, oral and electronic communication skills.
- Be at least 18 years of age and
- Have earned at least a bachelor’s degree in engineering, mathematics or science 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 Center for Environmental Solutions and Emergency Response (CESER) plans, coordinates and conducts an applied, customer-driven, national research and development program to improve decision making by EPA, federal, state, tribal and local agencies, when faced with challenging environmental problems in the built environment. Within CESER, the Water Infrastructure Division (WID) conducts customer-driven research and support, providing scientific leadership on national-scale problems associated with water quality in the built infrastructure.
The home plumbing research project aims to provide data related to premise plumbing issues that impact public health. The Flint lead problem highlighted the need to understand the fate and transport of lead in home plumbing systems. The 2014 Elk River Spill demonstrated that removing contaminants from home plumbing systems can be difficult, and new approaches are needed to better understand contaminant fate and transport in homes. A home plumbing pilot system has been constructed at USEPA in Cincinnati, allowing researchers to investigate these issues. A component of this effort involves modeling of the home plumbing system, which will help expand the predictive capabilities of the home plumbing research that is currently being conducted. This project will involve developing, testing and validating of a home plumbing model and performing testing related to a range of configurations and conditions to help support the water industry, States, and associated Statutes.
This is an excellent opportunity for a recent bachelor’s graduate to collaborate with EPA’s research team. Research experience includes:
- Assist with quality control of entered data (data entered by third party)
- Building EPANET maps of premise plumbing layouts
- Document code and database development efforts
- Networking and exploring many career paths at EPA.
Interested in this research opportunity? If so, follow the link below to apply. Questions? Email EPANSSC@ORAU.org