Post-Doctoral Research Program

National Health And Environmental Effects Research Lab (NHEERL)

Current NHEERL Opportunities

EPA's National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL) is seeking applicants for our federal Post-doctoral Research Program. NHEERL has opportunities for conducting high priority research that contributes to protecting human health and the environment. Our primary focus is the effects of contaminants and environmental stressors on human health and ecosystems. Our research spans all levels of biological organization from the genome to populations, communities and ecosystems. The interdisciplinary nature of our research affords numerous opportunities for collaboration with other researchers both inside and outside of EPA. We have research laboratories in seven locations across the U.S.

Excellent federal employee benefits:

  • Salary range of $74,596 to $107,542
  • 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 "NHEERL 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, NHEERL Post Doctoral Program
Research Triangle Park, NC 27711

For express courier, send to:

Attn: Ms. Danielle Weiker, NHEERL 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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