Post-Doctoral Research Program

National Exposure Research Lab (NERL)

Current NERL Opportunities

EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL) is a scientific organization responsible for carrying out EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment by developing and applying innovations in exposure science. NERL provides scientific leadership, understanding, and tools necessary to quantify exposure for humans and ecosystems. This involves describing the characteristics of the environment, the movement of stressors and human/ecological receptors in the environment, and the exposure that results from contact between stressors and human/ecological receptors. NERL scientists inform sustainable solutions to complex environmental problems by producing exposure methods, models, and data used by the Agency for problem formulation and scoping, to analyze risks and potential solutions, and to evaluate progress toward intended outcomes.

NERL periodically accepts applications for post-doctoral research positions. The National Lab has opportunities for conducting high priority research in areas such as: atmospheric modeling; watershed/hydrological modeling; genomics; geospatial and statistical analyses; human exposure modeling; informatics; and remote sensing.

NERL post-doctoral positions will be in Divisions in one or more of the following locations: Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; Cincinnati, Ohio; or Athens, Georgia.

Excellent federal employee benefits:

  • Salary range of $77,382 to $100,784
  • 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 "NERL 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, NERL Post Doctoral Program
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711

For express courier, send to:

Attn: Ms. Danielle Weiker, NERL 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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