[ES_JOBS_NET] Physical Science Researcher/Scientist II, Modeling and Emission Inventory (MEI) Unit, Colorado DPHE

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Wed Aug 3 06:36:35 MDT 2016


    *This announcement will close on August 16, 2016 or once we have
    identified an adequate applicant pool, whichever comes first. 
    Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.*

    *Make a real difference . . .*
    Do you have a passion and drive to apply your talent to create a
    better Colorado? Are you looking for a career that provides you with
    opportunities to improve the world around you? The Colorado
    Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) is seeking
    diverse individuals from all backgrounds to apply for a fantastic
    position that makes a direct impact on improving the lives of
    Colorado citizens. Our mission is to protect and improve the health
    of Colorado's people and the quality of its environment.

    If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider
    joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Public
    Health and Environment. Our tobacco-free campus offers free parking
    and is conveniently located near RTD bus lines, the Cherry Creek
    Shopping Center, Glendale City Set, and the Cherry Creek bike path.
    In addition to a great location and rewarding, meaningful work, we

      * Employee wellness programs and facilities
      * Extensive internal professional development opportunities on a
        wide variety of subjects
      * Bike to work programs, including access to storage lockers and
        bike racks
      * Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the
        State system
      * Strong, yet flexibleretirement benefits
        a choice of the PERA Defined Benefit Plan or the PERA Defined
        Contribution Plan, plus optional 401K and 457 plans
      * Medical and dental health plans
      * Paid life insurance
      * Short- and long-term disability coverage
      * 10 paid holidays per year plus generous personal time off
      * Mentoring program with opportunities for mentors and mentees
      * Tuition assistance for college level courses including Masters
        degree programs
      * Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible schedules, and
      * A variety of employee resource groups

    We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and
    providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we
    encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

    Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness
    Program. For more information, go to:

Description of Job

    The Work Unit:
    The Modeling and Emission Inventory (MEI) Unit performs and reviews
    air quality-related analyses for a variety of air programs to meet
    Federal and State regulatory requirements, including state
    implementation plans, stationary source permitting, mobile source
    control programs, National Environmental Policy Act actions, and
    hazardous waste site studies. The analyses include air quality
    impact modeling, emission modeling, meteorological analysis, and
    emission inventory development. The spatial scales of analyses
    include near-field, far-field, and regional scale. Emission
    inventory work includes the compilation and development of
    comprehensive multi-pollutant inventories suitable for use in air
    quality modeling and conformity. Emission inventory development work
    includes on-road and non-road mobile sources, area sources, and
    small stationary sources not included in the Division's Air
    Pollution Emission Notice program. Meteorological applications
    include review of the adequacy of meteorology for near-field
    modeling and evaluation of output from meteorological models for
    regional modeling purposes.  This unit also exists to provide
    technical work products and analysis to internal and external customers.

    What You'll Be Doing:
    This position functions primarily as an air pollutant emission
    inventory specialist. This position exists to apply scientific
    research methods, theory, and principles in the identification,
    study, and solution of air pollution problems by designing,
    developing, applying, and validating emission inventory techniques.
    The position works as an integral member of a scientific atmospheric
    modeling team that designs, applies, develops, and implements
    integrated air quality modeling systems that: 1) generate data using
    deterministic and/or stochastic modeling systems that determine if a
    given source of air pollution or geographic area is and/or will be
    in compliance with applicable state and federal ambient air quality
    regulations and standards. The position will perform other duties,
    as necessary and as assigned, that are consistent with the purpose
    of the position and Unit.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal 

    Minimum Qualifications:
    Graduation from an accredited college or university with a
    bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in
    engineering, environmental science, meteorology, atmospheric science
    or closely related field/*AND*/two years professional experience in
    air quality and experience performing/supporting technical air
    quality analyses.

    /This experience must be substantiated within the Work Experience
    section of your application. "See Resume" will not be accepted. In
    addition, part-time work will be prorated./

    A graduate degree in from an accredited college or university in
    engineering, environmental science, meteorology, atmospheric science
    or closely related degree may substitute for one (1) year of the
    professional experience. Experience of the type and nature listed in
    the duties above may substitute for the required education on a
    year-for-year basis.

    Preferred Qualifications and Essential Competencies
    The preferred experience, competencies and abilities are highly
    desirable for this position and will be considered in selecting the
    successful candidate:

      * Database management to include proficiency in ACCESS /(highly
      * Knowledge and experience managing and analyzing large data sets
        in various formats such as ACCESS format and NetCDF (highly
      * Course work or experience using MOVES /(highly preferred)/
      * Course work or experience in developing multi-source and
        multi-species air pollution emission inventories /(highly
      * Experience running the SMOKE emissions processor or other
        emission processors (highly preferred)
      * Experience using the LINUX OS
      * Experience post-processing WRF meteorological data for use in
        emissions models such as SMOKE, MEGAN, and MOVES
      * Experience writing and editing FORTRAN code
      * Course work or experience running meteorological models such as WRF
      * Knowledge and experience using data from  the NEI
      * Course work or experience with GIS/./Experience presenting and
        visually displaying large datasets.
      * Graduate degree in  engineering, meteorology or environmental
      * Knowledge and experience writing technical reports
      * Course work or experience using CAMx or CMAQ
      * Attention to detail and Quality Assurance
      * Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing
        with a wide range of audiences
      * Ability to work independently
      * Self-motivated with a strong work ethic
      * Interpretation Skills
      * Ability to apply technology
      * Data analysis and reporting skills
      * Knowledge of research methodology
      * Numerical or mathematical ability
      * Reasoning Ability

Supplemental Information

    *A complete application packet must include:*

     1. A completed State of Colorado application.
     2. A cover letter**that describes your experience in emission
        inventory work. Additionally, please describe your experience
        with database management and GIS (not to exceed two pages).
     3. Transcripts. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

    *The Selection Process*

     1. All applications that are received by the closing of this
        announcement will be reviewed against the Minimum Qualifications
        in this announcement. Candidates who meet the minimum
        qualifications proceed to the next step.
     2. Colorado Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired
        and promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative
        analysis process.
          * Part of, or all of, the comparative analysis for this
            position may be a structured application review, which
            involves a review of the information you submit in your
            application materials by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs)
            against the preferred qualifications.
     3. A top group, up to six candidates, will be invited to schedule
        an interview with the hiring manager.

    Appeal Rights:**If you receive notice that you have been eliminated
    from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by
    filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel
    Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the
    elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and
    comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State
    Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the
    receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are
    challenging. Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board
    Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801,
    for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel
    Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are
    available at www.colorado.gov/spb <http://www.colorado.gov/spb>. A
    standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb
    <http://www.colorado.gov/spb>. If you appeal, your appeal must be
    submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you
    or representative, and received at the following address within 10
    days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado
    State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals
    Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax:
    303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these
    appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

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