Job title: Chemical Transformation Data Scientist

Company: ORAU

Job description: Responsibilities

What experience and skills will you gain?

As a team member, you will support research under the Chemical Safety for Sustainability (CSS) research program on modeling of human exposure to chemicals. You will assist with data organization and extraction needs, including acquisition and development of datasets documenting transformation relationships between chemicals, development of semi-automated protocols for data identification and collection, basic summaries and analyses of data, and extraction and curation of data from original sources. Your work may include gathering additional datasets from online sources, formatting datasets into standard templates and uploading into databases, applying out-of- the-box thinking to improve automation data collection, testing and evaluating ease-of-use of software, and completing QA workflows to ensure data quality and provenance.

How you will apply your skills

General Responsibilities

  • Collecting, curating, and organizing data in databases on chemical transformations including relevant metadata (e.g., observed media, transformation rates);
  • Responding to data requests from colleagues as needed (e.g. retrieve data according to specified criteria) through development of programming scripts or SQL queries; and
  • Developing novel models and text analytics methods for identifying data sources with chemical transformation data.

Communications-related responsibilities

  • Participate as a member of a multi-disciplinary research team;
  • Interact with other members of the development team as well as EPA scientists;
  • Thoroughly document all work as directed by EPA mentor to comply with EPA quality assurance procedures for transparency and reproducibility of work; and
  • Summarizing work in internal reports/memos to be used by EPA

Required Knowledge, Skills, Work Experience, and Education

  • Master’s coursework in the following is desired but not required: statistics, data science, machine learning, user experience and design, and data analysis;
  • Experience programming in the R and/or Python language;
  • Experience with quantitative techniques, basic statistics, and use of spreadsheets; and
  • Strong reading comprehension skills and experience logically interpreting pieces of

Desired Knowledge, Skills, Work Experience, and Education

  • Experience with computational or mathematical modeling and/or data science techniques in any discipline; and
  • Experience with databases (e.g. MySQL).


  • Be at least 18 years of age and
  • Have earned at least a Master’s degree in physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, applied sciences, environmental health, public health, exposure science, computer sciences, information technology, data science, or a closely 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.

Expected salary: $30.16 per hour

Location: Research Triangle, NC

Job date: Fri, 15 Oct 2021 23:46:50 GMT

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