Post-Doctoral Research Program

National Center For Environmental Assessment (NCEA)

Current NCEA Opportunities

NCEA supports an active postdoctoral program providing federal research experience to up-and-coming environmental scientists. The Center currently supports a variety of postdoctoral professionals and seeks applications for such positions on a regular basis. Appointments are for 3 years and include a full package of benefits.

These non-laboratory, post-doctoral positions are ideal for scientists interested in learning more about the application of toxicological, epidemiological and environmental research to support the development of human health and environmental risk assessments and science policies related to risk assessment.

NCEA's research efforts are focused on producing state-of-the-science environmental risk assessments of national significance, providing improved assessment methods, and disseminating the most currently available risk information. NCEA occupies a critical position connecting the research community with the environmental policy-making community and has many highly regarded experts in the health sciences, biological sciences, applied mathematics, physical sciences and engineering disciplines. These areas of expertise are applied to health and ecological effects issues and assessments resulting from exposure to environmental contaminants. Applied research that improves health and ecological assessment methods is also pursued, as is the development of Agency wide guidance on preparing health and ecological assessments.

Excellent federal employee benefits:

  • Salary range of $72,332 to $99,296
  • Up to 3 year appointment duration
  • Vacation and sick leave
  • Federal health benefits, life insurance and retirement program
  • Travel to professional scientific meetings
  • Some positions have an active post-doctoral trainee organization onsite

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 "NCEA 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: Ms. Danielle Weiker, NCEA Post Doctoral Program
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711

For express courier, send to:

Attn: Ms. Danielle Weiker, NCEA 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 Laboratory/Center.

If you have questions, contact Ms. Danielle Weiker at (800) 433-9633 or via email to

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