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Environmental Microbiologist

The EPA National Student Services Contract has an immediate opening for a full time contractor position; Environmental Microbiologist with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA facility in Research Triangle Park, NC


Salary: $31.38 per hour.


Travel: Occasional overnight travel may be required.


Required Skills:

  • Demonstrated education and/or experience in microbiology and/or molecular biology;
  • A working knowledge of DNA extraction and clean-up, performing qPCR assays (including preparation of standard curves, testing of primer/probe sets and standardization of assays);
  • A working knowledge of cloning and preparation of libraries for metagenomic analysis;
  • Excellent oral, written, and electronic communication skills; and
  • Experience with common computer operation and software usage (e.g., Microsoft Office Professional Suite, including Excel, Word and PowerPoint.).



Desired Knowledge, Skills, Work Experience, and Education

  • Knowledge on the use of field multiprobe meters, automatic samplers, and measurements of water chemistry parameters.




  • Be at least 18 years of age and
  • Have earned at least a Master’s degree in Microbiology, Ecology, Environmental Health Science, Toxicology, Biological Science, Biochemistry, or related field of study 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

Within ORD, the Center for Environmental Measurement & Modeling (CEMM) conducts research to advance EPA’s ability to measure and model contaminants in the environment, including research to provide fundamental methods and models needed to implement environmental statutes. The methods and models developed by CEMM are typically applied at the airshed, watershed and ecosystem level. Within CEMM, the Watershed and Ecosystem Characterization Division (WECD) conducts research to advance EPA’s ability to characterize the presence, transport, transformation, sources, and impacts of contaminants in watersheds and ecological systems.


This is an excellent opportunity for a recent Master’s graduate to collaborate with EPA’s research team. Research experience includes:

  • Processing environmental samples
  • Extracting DNA;
  • Conducting Laboratory and field monitoring experiments; and
  • Networking and exploring many career paths at EPA.



Interested in this research opportunity? If so, follow the link below to apply. Questions? Email