Brookhaven National Laboratory (www.bnl.gov) delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation's future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University.
Brookhaven National Laboratory possesses world-class and unique measurement technologies in the environmental sciences with applications ranging from basic science in atmospheric and terrestrial processes to environmental security. The Environmental & Climate Sciences Department has a legacy of instrument development that has situated the department favorably for playing a lead role in areas aligned with BNL's mission and its forward leaning initiatives such as facilitating market penetration of renewable energies, building tomorrow's smart cities, and protecting urban populations from contaminant or threat dispersion.
The Energy-Environment Measurement Technologies (EEMT) group was created within the department to coordinate several research efforts that are fundamentally based in advanced and innovative measurement technologies. The primary measurement technique that drives BNL's contributions to the studies of dispersion in urban environments, air quality, pollutant tracking, and building infiltration is the ultrahigh-resolution perfluorocarbon tracer gas chromatograph (PFT-GC) designed, built, and operated by BNL personnel. Perfluorocarbons are safe and non-toxic materials and their concentrations in the environment are extremely low, making them ideally suited as tracer gases. BNL's detection limit for PFTs (parts per quadrillion) is unique in the world and the technique is proprietary, providing a niche for BNL in this area of applied research and operations.
The Environmental and Climate Sciences Department has an exciting opportunity for a scientific researcher in analytical chemistry with experience in gas chromatography and analytical analysis of gases at or near atmospheric concentration limits to conduct research in atmospheric transport of perfluorocarbon tracers (PFTs) (e.g., urban dispersion, nuclear control room habitability) and to be responsible for the operation and maintenance of our PFT gas chromatography lab and associated instrumentation ( www.bnl.gov/envsci/tracer/ ). The successful candidate will join an experienced team to learn the PFT technology with the potential to take on a leadership role for existing programs and to then develop new areas of research and funding.
PFT analysis has been successfully applied to simulate the release and dispersion of toxic materials in urban environments and assist in emergency response. It is used to assess nuclear plant control rooms to ensure the safety of operators under accident conditions and evaluate indoor air quality in energy efficient buildings. PFTs were used to track pollutants over thousands of km to better understand issues of air quality. Utilities rely on PFTs to find leaks in dielectric fluid from power transmission cables. The successful candidate will continue building on these examples of basic capabilities and work with the group members to maintain a leadership position in urban science and energy efficiency research arenas.
The researcher will be expected to publish, present results at national and international scientific conferences, develop future directions for his/her research program, and participate in and contribute to the development and growth of the department. A potential opportunity also exists for cooperative work with DOE's Atmopsheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) User Facility's trace gas monitoring program ( www.arm.gov ). The researcher should have the ability to work well in a diverse team across cultures, language skills, and experiences in order to promote the PFT technology throughout the department and laboratory as well as with external collaborators. This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities :
Use scientific expertise to support Tracer laboratory including instrument operation, maintenance and to monitor data quality
Conduct independent research of high scientific value in atmospheric and urban transport chemistry suitable for publication in leading journals; this may involve off-site work for field testing and campaigns.
Publish scientific research in peer-reviewed journals.
Present at national and international conferences.
Actively participate in and contribute to program development and other aspects of the department.
Support ongoing field operations by providing analysis of PFTs, visit field sites as necessary for installation, calibration, and maintenance of instruments. This may include domestic and/or foreign travel.
Perform field work in remote locations.
Work involves moderate lifting and strenuous activities.
Ph.D. in the atmospheric sciences, analytical or environmental chemistry, or a related field
Knowledgeable in analytical chemistry
Experience with gas chromatography and fundamental knowledge of the measurement principles
Ability to pursue independent research
Demonstrated publication record in peer-reviewed journals
Clear and concise oral and written communication and presentation skills
Ability to work well in a diverse team across cultures, language skills, and experiences
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Postdoctoral experience, preferably in a related area
Experience with data analysis programs and QA/QC for gas chromatography at or near the limits of detection
Experience working on field campaigns, including measurement planning, running, and troubleshooting instruments in the field, and verifying/documenting data quality
Experience with other ambient trace-gas monitoring techniques
Competent with Microsoft Excel and macro programming
Proficient in LabVIEW software and/or C++, python
Environment, Safety & Health, and other information:
Ability to work in tight spaces; routinely lift more than 30 pounds
Appointment level will be commensurate with experience and qualifications
Initial 2 year term appointment is subject to renewal contingent on satisfactory performance and funding
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About Brookhaven National Laboratory
Brookhaven National Laboratory is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located on the center of Long Island, New York, Brookhaven Lab brings world-class facilities and expertise to the most exciting and important questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. We operate cutting-edge large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory's almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. Our award-winning history, including seven Nobel Prizes, stretches back to 1947, and we continue to unravel mysteries from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale, and everything in between. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.
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