Post-Doctoral Research Program

Center For Environmental Solutions & Emergency Response (CESER)

Current CESER Opportunities

The Center for Environmental Solutions & 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. The Center develops and provides applied scientific and engineering solutions, technologies, and cutting-edge innovations to protect and remediate our air, land, and water resources, and critical infrastructure challenged by systemic and acute environmental contamination. CESER assists customers across the nation with effective and innovative approaches to safeguarding public water systems and remediating contaminated soil, sediments, urban areas, and groundwater.  Contamination sources include those traditionally managed through environmental regulation and emerging environmental stressors, as well as potential threats from terrorism or natural disasters. CESER advances approaches and guidance for sustainable materials management including waste management and the development of decision support tools for effective environmental and disaster management strategies. The Center develops, evaluates and applies research and demonstration methods on various scales spanning laboratory to pilot to full field scale to provide the most useful scientific solutions in support of EPA’s mission and the Office of Research & Development (ORD) Immediate Office of the Assistant Administrator's mission and strategic vision. CESER provides technical support to EPA regions and programs, states, tribal nations, and federal partners, and serves as the interagency liaison for EPA in homeland security research and technology. CESER interfaces with ORD and other EPA offices and other Federal and nonfederal organizations relative to CESER programs and services.

Excellent federal employee benefits:

  • Salary range of $82,830 to $112,181
  • Up to 3 year appointment duration
  • Vacation and sick leave
  • Federal health benefits, life insurance and retirement program
  • Travel to professional scientific meetings

Easy application process, please submit the following:

  • Up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of recommendation from your senior research advisor or comparable official (this may be emailed with your application or separately, whichever the advisor prefers)
  • Cover letter indicating positions/project descriptions and locations of interest, your email address, U.S. citizenship status, and how you learned of this program
  • Form DD-214, if claiming veteran's preference

Please indicate your U.S. citizenship status (citizen or permanent resident) and country of citizenship. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and permanent resident applicants must be seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B). Only in the absence of qualified U.S. citizens will permanent residents be considered. For more information on Federal employment of non-U.S. citizens, go to

You may email your application materials to by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of the application period. Please include "CESER Post-Doctoral Program" in the email subject line. NOTE: Applications sent via email must be submitted in a format readable by this office, such as MS Word, portable document format (PDF), rich text format (RTF), or plain text. Use of any format we cannot read may invalidate your application. Online applications from journal websites will not be accepted.


Mail your application materials to:

US EPA, HRMD-C639-02
Attn: Elizabeth Martinez, CESER Post Doctoral Program
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711

For express courier, send to:

Attn: Elizabeth Martinez, CESER Post Doctoral Program
Mail Drop C639-02
HRMD/Suite C635
4930 Page Road
Durham, NC 27703

Note: In addition to the advertised projects, candidates may also be considered for other vacant post-doctoral positions in this Center.

If you have questions, contact Elizabeth Martinez at (919)541-5659 or via email to

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