[ES_JOBS_NET] Staff Scientist_Aquatic Instrumentation, NEON, Boulder, CO

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Sat Oct 29 08:20:51 MDT 2016

Staff Scientist_Aquatic Instrumentation



Battelle and its affiliate, Battelle Ecology, Inc. manages and operates 
the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON™) project, which is 
solely funded by the National Science Foundation. A 30+ year project 
dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive 
species impact ecology, the observatory’s scientists and engineers are 
collecting a comprehensive range of ecological data on a continental 
scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US ecosystems. Our 
teams use cutting-edge technology, including an airborne observation 
platform that captures images of regional landscapes and vegetation; 
mobile, relocatable, and fixed data collection sites with automated 
ground sensors to monitor soil and atmosphere; and trained field crews 
who observe and sample populations of diverse organisms and collect soil 
and water data. Once structures are completed, a leading edge 
cyberinfrastructure will calibrate, store and publish this information. 
The Observatory includes more than 500+ personnel and is the first of 
its kind designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change 
at continental scales. For more information about the project and our 
team, visit www.battelle.org/neon.


The Aquatic instrumentation Scientist will work with an 
interdisciplinary team of ecologists, engineers, and other scientists to 
design, develop, test, and implement statistically valid data products 
that will enable researchers to investigate the impact of climate 
change, land-use change, invasive species, and unsustainable water use 
on freshwater ecosystems of North America.

The Aquatic Instrumentation Scientist is responsible for development, 
documentation and implementation of detailed sampling designs and 
analytical protocols for the aquatic instrumented subsystem (AIS) of the 
NEON project. This position will require collaboration with the Battelle 
Ecology, Inc. Engineering Team for development of engineering-level 
documentation of the AIS components. The position will co-develop and 
document algorithm theoretical basis documents for data product 
development, command, configuration, and control documents for sensor 
installations, and update the scientific rationale for the NEON Project 
AIS. The Staff Scientist will help define approaches for quantifying and 
tracking uncertainty, calculating error budgets, and developing models 
for trend detection. The position will develop, document, and analyze 
data for commissioning test for NEON Project Aquatic instrumentation. 
This position will play a key role in communications with the aquatic 
Technical Working Groups and the larger stream community. In 
collaboration with the Aquatic Instrumentation and Oceanography Manager, 
this position will help identify and propose new initiatives to further 
the Battelle Ecology business.



  * Develop and document sampling plans, equipment design and data
    collection, and field maintenance plans for sensors.
  * Writes and tests sensor related quality assurance and algorithm
    basis documents. Leads the development and implementation of data
    QA/QC plan and algorithms for the Aquatic instrumented subsystem (AIS).
  * Develops and documents the command, configuration, and control
    documents for aquatic sensors and data generating devices.
  * Develop training program for field based crews for instrumentation
    installation, maintenance and procedure plans, and optimization.
  * Document and support the scientific rationale for the NEON Project
    AIS, validate decisions against that design.
  * Participates in the larger Battelle Ecology, Inc. science community
    (e.g., attending working groups), supporting the active engagement
    between the Observatory and the broader science community to promote
    scientific advancements in continental- scale ecology relevant to
    the Observatory mission.
  * Collaborate with Battelle Ecology, Inc. engineers and scientists to
    define audit sampling procedures for the AIS
  * Travels to Domain sites up to 20% of work time.
  * Follow Battelle Ecology, Inc. safety requirements, policy, and


  * MS or related experience in aquatic or riparian ecology, limnology,
    or related field. Specialization in instrumentation and methodology
    of streams, rivers, and lake ecosystems.
  * 5+ years beyond graduate level research experience in freshwater
    ecology, with emphasis on the development or long term maintenance
    of a disperse network of remote sensing instrumentation.
  * Significant field experience working in lakes, rivers, and streams
    of North America.
  * Significant experience communicating to the research community and
    federal agencies and in a high-profile, professional environment,
    with demonstrated experience working in a collaborative scientific
    and engineering enterprise.
  * Demonstrated ability to write technical and scientific documents.
  * High level of attention to detail, with a self-directed and
    goal-oriented work style.
  * Experience working with data management software (e.g. Excel,
    Access, Oracle).
  * Experience with data analysis
  * Ability and willingness to travel to Aquatic sites up to 20% of the


  * Working knowledge of stream morphological dynamics preferred.
  * Experience working with federal and state agencies and NGO’s.
  * Experience optimizing field installations of aquatic instrumentation.
  * Experience programming in R or Matlab.
  * Ability and interest in illustrating, photography, and/or videography.

**Must have_/permanent/_authorization for US employment. Battelle 
Ecology, Inc. will not provide any kind of visa sponsorship.**
*Must possess a current and valid State issued driver’s license with 
insurable Department of Motor vehicle record (parking violations, minor 
driving offenses excluded) as determined by Battelle Ecology Inc.’s 
insurance provider.*

***This position offers competitive total rewards including 401(k), 
health, vision and dental insurance, paid time off and the opportunity 
to work at an organization with a great mission.***

*****Battelle Ecology, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, 
Minorities, Veterans and Disabled Persons are encouraged to apply.

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