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An opportunity exists within the RSS Contract at National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)-Pittsburgh to join an interdisciplinary team characterizing CH4 emissions from natural gas infrastructure. Current CH4 emissions measurement efforts are focused on abandoned O&G wells, natural gas gathering pipelines, metering, and regulating stations, and natural gas storage wells (specifically, storage well blowout events). The team seeks a candidate with a strong background in EPA methodology such as the following: EPA Other Test Method (OTM) 33A, Geospatial Measurement of Air Pollution, Remote Emissions Quantification – Direct Assessment is a plus. Familiarity with the U.S. EPA Greenhouse Gas Inventory structure and sources of data, particularly regarding emissions from the oil and natural gas sector.
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Primary Responsibilities Include:
- Assisting NETL staff to obtain cooperation from natural gas operators and/or landowners to secure site access agreements for field campaigns; Designing field campaigns for determination of emission rates from natural gas infrastructure in multiple regions; Collecting, recording, and analyzing CH4 concentration/emission rate and meteorological data.
- Preparing quarterly progress reports and internal presentations on project progress.
- Disseminating results via journal articles and national conference presentations.
- Publications in high quality scientific peer-reviewed journals, presentations at national and international technical meetings.
- Development of new intellectual property based on the innovative research.
- Period status reporting and project reports (weekly/monthly/quarterly/annually) is required to update project managers and clients.
- This position will require extensive interface with clients and potential collaborative partners, so excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.
- A successful applicant will have a M.S. degree in in Atmospheric Sciences/Atmospheric Chemistry/Environmental Engineering/Meteorology or related degree with demonstration of the skills or a related field of study with relevant technical experience.
- 2+ years of experience in field monitoring (planning and executing field campaigns, collecting field-based environmental data and subsequent analysis).
- First authorship of posters/presentations at national conferences and/or peer-reviewed journal articles.
- Skilled in using programming language such as Matlab or Python.
- Experience in dispersion modeling (e.g. Gaussian plume modeling) and statistical data analyses of environmental data.
- Ph. D degree in in Atmospheric Sciences/Atmospheric Chemistry/Environmental Engineering/Meteorology.
- Post-doctoral experience in a government-owned national laboratory is desired.
- Experience with using ambient air monitoring analytical instruments (e.g. Los Gatos UGGA) including calibration, repair, and troubleshooting.
- Experience with using meteorological instruments (e.g. 3D ultrasonic anemometers that measure wind parameters) including calibration, repair, and troubleshooting.