The candidate will facilitate secondary organic aerosol (SOA) studies through the operation of smog chambers and accessory measurement instrumentation. Examples of job responsibilities include the following:
Operate, maintain, and troubleshoot dynamic and static reaction chambers and gas delivery systems including clean air systems, gas cylinders and pressure regulators, and mass flow controllers
Accurately establish initial chamber conditions and maintain chamber/reaction conditions by adjusting various parameters including chamber pressure, gas concentrations, and light levels
Calibrate, operate, and maintain instruments intended to analyze chamber contents including gas chromatographs, hydrogen generators, gas analyzers, as well as other real time monitoring instruments
Collect, analyze, and compile smog chamber data using Microsoft Excel and other data analysis packages
Develop, review, and update standard operating procedures (SOPs) and quality assurance project plans (QAPPs) pertaining to smog chamber operation
Keep accurate and complete laboratory records
Proactively manage lab safety; develop, review, and follow safety documentation including Health and Safety Plans, Job Hazard Analyses, and Safe Plans of Action
Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, with supervisors, colleagues, and customers
Order, receive, and track gas cylinders and other materials needed for chamber studies
Must comply with all company policies, procedures, and appropriate regulations.
The candidate will assist in the day-to-day operation of EPA-owned facilities including smog chambers and associated laboratories. The candidate will support facility maintenance, maintain records, set schedules, and perform equipment and instrumentation preventive maintenance and calibrations.
He or she will troubleshoot operations and report findings. The candidate will research and provide information and recommendations on test equipment and instrumentation and will assist in evaluation and verification of chamber test equipment.
The candidate will perform facility quality assurance tasks as required. He or she will write standard operating procedures for facility and instrumentation maintenance, calibration, and operation. He or she will follow quality assurance procedures and standard operating procedures and document all work performed.
The candidate will provide operational and logistical support for smog chamber experiments including setting up and testing equipment, performing experiments, and collecting and analyzing chamber samples.
The candidate will determine purchasing needs, maintain inventories of spare parts, communicate with vendors, and prepare purchasing paperwork for facility materials and supplies. He or she will maintain equipment inventory spreadsheets and databases and assist with annual equipment inventory reconciliation.
This position requires laboratory work in a facility with stairs, and the candidate must be able to climb stairs. The candidate must be able to lift a minimum of 35 lbs.
The candidate must be able to wear a N95 or N100 respirator. Use of laser-based scientific instruments is required. Safety training and appropriate personal protective equipment will be provided. Annual medical monitoring is required and provided by the company.
The candidate must be able to pass a background check and might be required to obtain a security clearance of an appropriate level. He or she must comply with all company policies, procedures, and appropriate regulations.
Minimum qualifications are a bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology, physics, engineering, or related science and 2 years of experience in aerosol and/or atmospheric chemistry research. Candidates should have experience using and maintaining major operational equipment including smog chambers, clean air generators, gas chromatographs, environmental gas (O3, NOx, SOx) monitors, and data acquisition systems.
The candidate must be self-motivated and have strong problem-solving, leadership, communication, organizational, analytical, and critical-thinking skills. The ability to multi-task and interact constructively with staff, safety personnel, QA personnel, and the customer is essential. Must be proficient in Microsoft Excel and Word. Experience and proficiency with more advanced computer skills, e.g. a programming language, is preferred.
The candidate must be able to meet Federal background check requirements and may require a security clearance of an appropriate level.