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EPA Rated Top Magnet for Postdocs

Release Date: 03/05/2007
Contact Information: Suzanne Ackerman, (202) 564-4355 /

(Washington, D.C. - March 5, 2007) For the third straight year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's research campus in Research Triangle Park (RTP), N.C., is among the top three places for postdoctoral students to work, according to a national survey conducted by The Scientist, magazine of the life sciences. The Scientist evaluated 96 institutions in North America including government organizations, universities and private research facilities and more than 2500 "postdocs" responded to the survey.

"EPA is a great place for scientists to begin or continue their careers," said Assistant Administrator Luis A. Luna, who heads the Office of Administration and Resources Management. "This ranking reflects the commitment EPA scientists have to supporting the next generation of researchers. The postdoc program attracts top people who go on to work on valuable solutions that help protect the American environment."

Currently there are 46 postdoctoral employees at the EPA-RTP campus who are in fields ranging from biology, chemistry, epidemiology, and ecology, to risk assessment, exposure characterization, atmospheric science and computational toxicology. A postdoctoral trainee organization provides professional advancement and career-development opportunities.

The EPA-RTP campus employs more than 1,800 employees. It houses 500 laboratories, 2,000 offices, and numerous conference facilities. The research campus is the focal point for the agency's research on issues involving air, water, land and food. Six of EPA's seven national laboratories and research centers have operations in RTP.

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