Berkeley Lab's Climate and Ecosystems Division has an opening for a Scientific Engineering Associate.
This position supports research associated with geochemistry, atmospheric sciences, and carbon cycle atmospheric observations at the United States Department of Energy Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Climate Research Facility (www.arm.gov). The purpose of this position is to work with LBNL Carbon program lead scientist in the Climate Sciences Department of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area. The incumbent will be responsible for infrastructure projects related to measurements of atmospheric greenhouse gases and will design, assemble, deploy, maintain integrity, and expand carbon cycle monitoring programs at several ARM Climate Research Facility sites (Alaska, Oklahoma, and Azores). Most of this work is done based on goals and guidelines provided by the project lead. This is a career position.
What You Will Do:
Develop instrument systems, testing procedures, and calibration protocols. These may be for prototype, one-of-a-kind, or replicated measurement systems.
Manage automated data transfer between field deployed instrument computers and LBNL. and ARM servers, and automated data processing, calibration, and QA/QC.
Design and implement data collections systems.
Set up instrument systems in the laboratory and field.
Diagnose and fix instrument problems, and to work with project scientists to deal with major problems.
Spend significant periods of time in the field, setting up instruments and collecting data.
Work safely with compressed gases and the plumbing of gas sampling systems.
Operate and maintain a high pressure gas blending and calibration system to produce high precision gas standards (WMO traceable).
Participate in field studies and experiments in collaboration with other scientists where appropriate.
Contribute to proposal development and published technical reports and peer-reviewed journal articles.
Clearly and effectively communicate experimental findings of environmental analysis in presentations, posters, and papers.
Additional Responsibilities as needed:
Demonstrate good organizational and planning skills.
Knowledge in basic statistics.
Skill in organizing laboratory notes and effectively communicating results at group meetings.
Skill in handling multiple tasks to meet project milestones.
Experience working as a team member to meet specified goals.
Familiarity with lab developed software to assist in data management and delivery.
What is Required:
Ph.D. in biogeochemistry, biometeorology, ecology, atmospheric sciences or related field, plus several years of postdoctoral experience in a scientific laboratory, preferred, or equivalent work experience.
Conducted and published research in biogeochemistry, biometeorology, ecology, atmospheric science, or related field.
Proven experience with instrument system conceptualization, development, testing, calibration, and deployment.
Experience with the field of biogeochemistry, sampling and statistical analysis.
Experience with statistical programming environments.
Awareness of DOE and Berkeley Lab context and strategies for our work
Familiarity with scientific literature for applications of data
Advanced statistics and data analysis tools (e.g. Python, R., Matlab, and IDL)
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Ability to set up instrument systems in the laboratory and field under challenging circumstances, such as arctic winter.
Proficiency with electrical wiring of instruments and sensors, while maintaining a high standard of electrical safety.
Proven ability to work effectively both independently and in an integrated team.
Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills in English are required.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and reach project goals within deadlines.
Ability to interact and collaborate effectively with students and junior technicians.
The posting shall remain open until the position is filled.
This is a full time, career appointment.
Full-time, M-F, exempt (monthly paid) from overtime pay.
Salary is commensurate with experience.
This position may be subject to a background check. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.
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