Biologist (Principal Investigator- clinical/molecular virology)

United States Environmental Protection Agency
Cincinnati, Ohio, US
Apr 28, 2021
May 07, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type

Office of Research and Development

Center for Environmental Measurement and Modeling

Watershed Ecosystem Characterization Division

Biological Measurements Branch

We are currently recruiting for a Biologist (Principal Investigator- clinical/molecular virology) to join our research team to conduct research using clinical and/or molecular-based methodologies to address health risks associated with human infectious viruses, especially SARS-CoV-2, and other waterborne zoonotic enteric or respiratory viruses.

About the USEPA:

The mission of the USEPA is to protect human health and the environment. One of its major responsibility is to conduct scientific research to inform Agency decisions and support the emerging needs of its stakeholders, including the Agency's state, tribal, and community partners. To learn more about us, visit why work for the EPA.

The Biological Methods Branch (BMB) within Watershed and Ecosystems Characterization Division (WECD), develops methods to measure microbial pollutants in various environmental media such as soil, air, and water to support environmental statues (e.g., Safe Drinking Water act and the Clean Water Act). BMB develops methods, tools, and technologies that are used to inform effective recreational and drinking water management practices and minimize health risks from various microbial contaminants ranging from viruses, bacteria, to parasites. To learn more about us, visit about WECD.

Principal Duties:
  • Conduct independent research in environmental/clinical and molecular virology in response to EPA's priorities in assessing human and animal health risks;
  • Serve as a technical authority on virological and immunological methodologies to assess human infectious viruses;
  • Communicate research results in peer-reviewed publications and at scientific conferences.


bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in one of the following: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR a combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major, as listed.

In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described in the USAJOBS vacancy announcement.

  • Must be a US citizen;
  • If you are selected, you may be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
  • This position requires the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • You may have limited exposure to hazardous materials.
  • You may be required to travel less than 25% of each month.

Benefits with Working at the USEPA:
  • Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part: paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, transportation subsidy, childcare tuition assistance program, participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System, and many more. For more details, visit EPA's salaries and benefits.
  • The starting salary for this position is: $80,562.
  • The full performance level is GS13

Additional Information:

Announcement Number: RTP-ORD-OT-2021-0017

Position Title: Biologist (Principal Investigator-Clinical/Molecular Virology); GS-12/13 position

Work Schedule: Full-time

Duty Location: Cincinnati, OH

To apply:

Open Application Period: 10 business days - USAJOBS.

For More Information: Eric Villegas, 513-569-7017,

The USEPA is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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