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Job Category: Graduate Student
Job Title: Researcher
Department: Research Group Support
Group: Other
Closing Date: 09/30/2013
Details:

The Energy and Environmental Technologies Division at LBNL has an opportunity for a Research Associate to work under the general supervision of a staff scientist in an interdisciplinary team of researchers and staff studying atmospheric science in the Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Dept.  The RA will maintain and enhance ongoing measurements of trace gases in both laboratory and field settings to determine atmospheric mixing ratios and surface-atmosphere fluxes supporting the California Greenhouse Gas Measurement (calgem.lbl.gov) Project.

 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Contribute to ongoing data collection projects in laboratory and field settings that involve a combination of the following:

  • Construct, test, and maintain automated gas sampling and analysis systems including integration modern trace gas analyzers including hardware for low-pressure gas handling, leak checking
  • Interface low-voltage electro-mechanical components (e.g., flow controllers and data loggers) and digital signals (e.g, from trace gas analyzers) to data loggers and computers
  • Maintain field instruments including automated instrument testing and gas calibrations
  • Develop and deploy real-time measurement quality control software in a variety of computer languages
  • Prepare documentation describing instrument operation procedures and web-based display
  • Contribute to post-campaign data analysis and documentation for use in reports and journal publications
  • Provide lab support in ordering materials and maintaining a clean and safe laboratory

Qualifications:
Must have Bachelor's degree in a physical or environmental science field, and relevant work experience with trace gas measurement systems, instrument control and data collection, and working knowledge of computer environments (e.g., MSWindows, Linux, OSX, Campbell Scientific) and programming languages (e.g., Python, Perl, C, Fortran, and R statistical language). Should have a demonstrated ability and aptitude for laboratory and field data collection, including relevant organization and safety. Good oral and written communications skills, maintain scientific notebooks for documentation, prepare concise reports on instrument status and development.

 

Contact: MLFischer@lbl.gov with letter of interest, resume, educational transcript, references