Postdoctoral Fellow, Aerosol Scientist

Desert Research Institute

United States

November 10, 2021

Description

Thank you for your interest in employment with the Desert Research Institute. We want your application process to go smoothly and quickly. We ask that you keep in mind the following when completing your application:

  • Once you start the application process you cannot save your work. Please ensure you have all required attachment(s) available to complete your application before you begin the process.
  • Required attachments are listed below on the posting. Your application will not be considered without the required attachments.
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  • If you need assistance or have questions regarding the application process, contact Human Resources Hotline at (775) 673-7431 or recruit@dri.edu.

    Job Description

    The Division of Atmospheric Sciences at the Desert Research Institute (DRI) is seeking a post-doctoral fellow to conduct research in its Environmental Analysis Facility (EAF). The EAF is a world-renowned laboratory equipped to measure chemical and physical properties of atmospheric contaminants and conduct laboratory and field air quality studies.

    The post-doc will focus on and perform the following activities:

  • Conduct laboratory combustion experiments to measure emissions from NASA relevant fuels.
  • Design and test filtration modules for personal aerosol sampling.
  • Design, integrate, and characterize portable low-cost air quality sensor systems.
  • Conduct laboratory and field studies of aerosol and air quality characterization.
  • Interested applicants are directed to the DRI website (www. dri.edu/labs/eaf/) to find additional information about EAF's research activities.

    Required Qualifications

  • A doctoral degree in atmospheric or environmental sciences, chemistry, mechanical, chemical, or electrical engineering, or in an equivalent field (completed by the end of December 2021) from an accredited institution.
  • US Citizenship or lawful permanent resident in the US.
  • Experience in laboratory and field studies, including experimental design, data acquisition, and data analysis.
  • Experience in instrument/sensor design, integration, and characterization.
  • Excellent English-language written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently, fulfill project goals, and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform research and publish results in peer- reviewed literature.
  • Due to the current health and safety emergency declaration, anyone hired must receive a complete (and verified) COVID-19 vaccination series or an approved medical or religious waiver request as a term and condition of employment prior to any start date at any Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) institution.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in operating and troubleshooting air quality instruments (e.g., aerosol generators, particle counters and sizers, and gas analyzers).
  • Experience in mechanical and electrical system design.
  • Experience in low-cost air quality sensors.
  • Familiar with LabVIEW, python, SQL, C/C++, and database management software (e.g., MS SQL and Access).
  • Experience in operating and troubleshooting analytical laboratory instruments (e.g., thermal/optical carbon analysis, ion chromatography, and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry).
  • Experience in data retrieval/integration, statistical data analysis, and data mining/artificial intelligence.
  • Conditions of Employment

  • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs; Standing and sitting for a prolong period.
  • Due to funding specifications of this position, ALL applicants MUST be citizens of the United States or lawful permanent residents.
  • Employment is contingent upon a successful completion of a background check.
  • Due to the current health and safety emergency declaration, anyone hired must receive a complete (and verified) COVID-19 vaccination series or an approved medical or religious waiver request as a term and condition of employment prior to any start date at any Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) institution.
  • Salary / Benefits

    Starting salary is commensurate with experience and education. DRI offers a benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, 6.2% retirement match, 1.25 annual leave days per month, a beginning balance of 15 sick leave days, 11 paid holidays, educational benefits, and the option to participate in a flexible spending account or health savings account. Additionally, there is no state income tax and no social security deduction. This position may be eligible for relocation assistance dependent on division funding.

    Exempt

    Yes

    Full-Time Equivalent

    100.0%

    Required Attachment(s)

    Qualified individuals interested in this position must submit an online profile and upload the required documents below in the specified sections of the Workday application.

  • Cover letter detailing how you meet DRI's listed educational and experience qualifications.
  • Current resume or CV.
  • Names and contact information for three professional references.
  • Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately and provide all required attachments to receive full consideration. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

    Posting Close Date

    Note to Applicant

    Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications. The search committee will use this information during the initial review of application materials.

    References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process based on applicant notification and permission.

    Newly hired faculty and postdoctoral fellows must assure that their official transcript is submitted to the Human Resources Office within 30 calendar days from the effective date of employment. Academic degrees must have been awarded by regionally accredited institutions.

    This position may require a criminal background check to be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

    As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job- related tasks.

    DRI employs only U.S. citizens and aliens authorized to work in the U.S. DRI only sponsors aliens applying for research faculty or postdoctoral fellow positions (J-1 or H-1B Visas).

    All applicants hired by the Desert Research Institute are subject to E-Verify.

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