[ES_JOBS_NET] Physical Science Research Scientist, Modeling and Emission Inventory (MEI) Unit, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Fri Jun 3 06:41:32 MDT 2016

*Physical Science Research Scientist II - 02364*
Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration-Denver, CO
$5,055 - $6,227 a month- Full-time, Part-time

Department Information

*This position is only open to Colorado state residents.*

*This announcement will close on June 13, 2016 or until 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 offer:

  * 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
  * Distinctive career advancement opportunities throughout the State system
  * Strong, yet flexible retirement benefits including 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 exists for application of scientific research methods, 
theory, and principles in the identification, study, and solution of air 
pollution problems; application, development, and validation of 
mathematical air quality models that compute or simulate the emission, 
transport, and fate of airborne contaminants; assessment of air quality 
impacts from air pollution sources to demonstrate compliance or 
noncompliance with state and federal regulations and thresholds of 
concern; issuance of air quality forecasts and pollution advisories; 
research, development, validation, and application of meteorological 
methods for forecasting air pollution levels; development of spatially 
and temporally complex models of air pollution emissions; meteorological 
analysis for air quality permitting; application of mathematical and 
computer models of air pollution dispersion to predict impacts of 
proposed activities; communication of the results of this work in 
reports, publications, and presentations. This position also develops 
emission inventories and performs other duties of the unit as necessary.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal 
Rights Minimum Qualifications:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's 
degree from an accredited college or university in meteorology, 
atmospheric science, engineering, environmental science or closely 
related field/*AND*/two years professional experience in air quality 
related meteorology and experience performing and 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 
meteorology, atmospheric science or environmental engineering, 
environmental science or closely related degree may substitute for one 
(1) year of the professional experience monitoring ambient air quality 
to include air quality–related modeling expertise and experience to 
performing and supporting technical analyses. 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:

  * Graduate degree in meteorology, atmospheric science, engineering,
    environmental science
  * Course work or experience in atmospheric chemistry
  * Knowledge and experience developing and performing quality control
    and quality assurance procedures
  * Knowledge and experience performing data verification and data
  * Knowledge and experience managing and analyzing large data sets
  * Knowledge and experience with MS Office Suite, and relational
    databases (e.g., SQL experience)
  * Knowledge and experience writing technical reports
  * 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
  * Attention to detail
  * 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:*

# A completed State of Colorado application.
# A cover letterthat describes your experience in air modeling and also 
your knowledge of local winds and complex terrain.
# A resume
*The Selection Process*

# 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.
# 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.

# 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. A standard appeal form 
is available at: 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.

Christine Wiedinmyer, Ph.D.
National Center for Atmospheric Research
christin at ucar.edu

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