The UChicago E&E Lab is seeking self-driven and enterprising Field Research Associates to conduct air quality data collection in Colorado. The Associate will work with staff at the E&E Lab and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) to strengthen the existing partnership between E&E Lab and CDPHE and collect on the ground data for a research project on monitoring methane emissions from oil and gas operations in the state. The Associates will assist in developing an air quality monitoring data collection plan and executing methane emissions measurements throughout the year. The Associates will work in teams to drive to data collection sites in the vicinity of oil and gas facilities, where they will conduct air quality measurements using gas analyzer technology. The Associates will be responsible for the logistics of ensuring the data collection plan is on track, will monitor the quality of the collected data, and will troubleshoot technical issues as they arise. This position offers a unique opportunity to apply modern emissions monitoring technology and data analytics to measure methane emissions and contribute to policy innovation. Candidates must be willing to live in greater Denver, Colorado for the duration of employment.
- Performs sampling and data collection in the field using remote sensing equipment. Leads troubleshooting of technological, logistical, and meteorological problems in real time.
- Coordinates with EE Lab principal investigators and research staff to develop an efficient but flexible data collection plan.
- Develops and executes a weekly data collection plan, and makes daily adjustments as necessary, accounting meteorological conditions on the ground.
- Provides technical assistance and recommendations to EE Lab staff regarding emissions monitoring.
- Works closely with the research team to solve complex problems relating to the administration of the project, including planning new procedures, adapting existing procedures to the needs of the project, and thoroughly documenting all decision points.
- Develops and maintains effective working relations with Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and other stakeholders to cooperate on emissions monitoring efforts.
- Collects and assists in analyzing data. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.
- Analyzes and maintains data and/or specimens. Conducts literature reviews. Assists with preparation of reports, manuscripts and other documents.
- Installs, sets up and performs experiments; interacting with students and other laboratory staff under the direction of the principal investigator.
- Maintains recruiting and scheduling research subjects; assisting with developing or amending study protocols; assisting with developing data collection tools; assisting with building databases; and providing general administrative support. Has general awareness in research techniques or methods, regulatory policies and procedures, and relevant scientific field
- Performs other related work as needed.
Minimum requirements include vocational training, apprenticeships or the equivalent experience in related field (not typically required to have a four-year degree).
Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 2-5 years of work experience in a related job discipline.
- Bachelor’s degree in engineering, statistics, computer science, IT, chemistry, other sciences or a related field.
- Coursework in physics, chemistry, environmental science, and statistics.
- Prior experience obtained while in school or in a similar field.
- Designing and carrying out data collection and sampling plans. Knowledge of data organization and management best practices is a plus.
- Background working with large datasets.
- Working knowledge on environmental monitoring research, field experiments and randomized controlled trials.
- Valid U.S. driver’s license; safe automotive driving record in the U.S. for past 2 years.
Technical Skills or Knowledge:
- Skilled at troubleshooting and resolving technical challenges.
- Knowledge of oil and gas operations.
- Familiarity with Microsoft and Google suites.
- Basic understanding of atmospheric science and air pollution concepts, and quickly learn how to operate new equipment and computer software.
- Working knowledge using emissions monitoring equipment.
- Proven work ethic, flexibility and punctuality.
- Proven ability to work both independently, in a self-directed manner, and as part of a team.
- Resourcefulness, adaptability, and flexibility.
- Excellent analytical, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
- Proven organizational skills and high attention to detail, with a strong focus on results.
- Strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Comfortable driving for extended time periods to visit data collection sites.