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RAP opportunity at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency     EPA

Fate of Emerging Contaminants (EDCs, Pharmaceuticals Fluorinated Chemicals) in Municipal Waters


Center for Environmental Solutions and Emergency Response, Land Remediation & Technology Division

opportunity location
22.09.03.B6941 Cincinnati, OH 45268


name email phone
Marc A. Mills 513 569 7322


This research will involve analytical development for the detection of such emerging contaminants as endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs), fluorinated chemicals (such as PFOA and its precursors), and pharmaceuticals (prescribed and over-the-counter), as well as investigation of these compounds in municipal wastewater treatment (WWT) operations and receiving waters. There are fundamental gaps in knowledge concerning the environmental fate of these compounds of emerging concern.

Our goal is to (1) develop standardized analytical techniques and reliable extraction procedures, (2) elucidate the role of wastewater treatment systems on the environmental fate of emerging contaminants, and (3) characterize the mechanisms responsible for their transport and fate in the environment. Their precursors in treatment systems will be identified and explored to determine their potential for biotransformation and management in WWT sludge systems. The proposed work will assist EPA in performing a risk assessment of these compounds by examining the primary sources of these compounds to the environment.


key words
Emerging contaminants; EDCs; Fluorochemicals (PFOA); Pharmaceuticals; Fate and transport; Wastewater treatment;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$65,000.00 0.00

$1,365 Supplement for Medical Screening Exams


$10,000 Supplement for Seniors

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