*Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.
A research opportunity is available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Transportation and Air Quality (OTAQ). This appointment will be served with the Transportation and Climate Division (TCD) located in Washington, DC.
Exciting opportunity to research the current status and future potential of innovative low- and zero-emission vehicle technologies, including the costs of these technologies and their impacts on GHG emissions. The project will involve (1) identifying and analyzing data from recent academic, government, and private sector research and development efforts in the vehicle technology space and (2) transforming this research data into formats useful to vehicle techno-economic analysis and transportation sector modeling frameworks. The participant may contribute to literature review and other searches for data related to these vehicle technologies, including technology and infrastructure cost estimates, energy efficiency data, emissions rate data, and other vehicle performance data. The scope of this research will include light-duty cars and trucks, medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses, rail locomotives, marine vessels, and aircraft. The participant will analyze and assess the quality of data once it is identified. The participant will also help to translate high quality data identified through these assessments into outputs that are useful to parameterizing a range of economic and technology modeling frameworks. Other similar research areas may be identified and pursued by the participant.
The participant will learn about transportation vehicle and fuel technologies, transportation sector system dynamics, GHG emissions impact assessment, vehicle cost assessment, integrated assessment and multisector economic modeling, the passenger and freight transport industries, and government operations. The research participant will be mentored in data interpretation, presentation, organization, and communication of scientific findings, and will gain a better understanding of the complexities of energy system choices and an understanding of how to analyze the environmental impacts of changes in the energy system. The research participant will expand their knowledge interacting with a diverse group of researchers on interdisciplinary cross-cutting scientific issues related to the intersection of transportation technology, energy use and GHG emissions; have latitude in exercising independent initiative and judgment in the research commensurate with the level of training; and be given opportunities to communicate their findings to Agency personnel and non-Agency partners through presentations.
The mentor for this opportunity is Christopher Ramig (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Anticipated Appointment Start Date: Spring 2021
If you have questions, send an email to EPArpp@orau.org. Please include the reference code for this opportunity (EPA-OTAQ-2021-01) in your email.