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Geo Science Researcher ( R-00074197 )

Science and Research

Food Science



Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States


Job Description:

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At Leidos, we deliver innovative solutions through the efforts of our diverse and talented people who are dedicated to our customers’ success. We empower our teams, contribute to our communities, and operate sustainable. Everything we do is built on a commitment to do the right thing for our customers, our people, and our community. Our Mission, Vision, and Values guide the way we do business. Your greatest work is ahead!

Leidos is seeking a Geo Science Researcher that will provide support to the Natural Gas team at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL). The research will involve characterizing methane emissions from abandoned oil and gas wells.

The Geo Science Researcher will conduct; analytical, experimental, investigative and other fact-finding work using standard scientific approaches and techniques to support principal scientific researchers, observes, calculates, records and interprets the results of tests and analyses, and designs, constructs, modifies, calibrates, operates and maintains equipment used for these purposes or devised as a result of the work.

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

If this sounds like the kind of environment where you can thrive, keep reading!

The project includes the following tasks:

  • Assisting NETL staff to obtain cooperation from landowners and secure site access agreements for field campaigns.
  • Mining existing state and private databases for information about abandoned wells: quantity, location and any other relevant recorded characteristics.
  • Designing field campaigns for determination of leakage rate from abandoned wells in multiple regions.
  • Collecting, recording, and analyzing methane concentration/emission rate data.
  • Preparing reports, presentations, and publications on the results of the study.
  • The candidate will prepare technical reports on project scope, milestones and conference/workshop presentations to disseminate research findings, activities, operations, and future initiatives to industry, academic and government stakeholders is a requirement for this position.
  • Period status reporting (weekly/monthly/quarterly/annually) is required to update project managers and customers.
  • The candidate will participate in group meetings. Group meetings are designed to allow the applicant to discuss current research and promote discussion with fellow researchers. The manager will request the applicant to provide a PowerPoint presentation for group meetings. The frequency of these presentations is generally once every 6 months but can occur at a higher rate.
  • This position will require extensive interface with customers and potential collaborative partners, so excellent verbal and written communication skills are required. The complexity of information to be managed will require excellent organization skills and attention to detail.

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in relevant science or engineering discipline. (chemistry, environmental science, environmental engineering, etc.).
  • 2+ years of experience in laboratory research and field monitoring. (collecting field-based environmental data and subsequent analysis).
  • Collection and analysis of gas and soil samples.
  • Experience with using analytical instruments that measure ambient concentration of greenhouse gases (e.g. Los Gatos UGGA) and/or methane flow rate. (Bacharach Hi Flow Sampler).
  • Experience in analytical instrumentation calibration, repair, and troubleshooting.
  • Experience in environmental modeling and statistics.
  • Skilled in using ArcGIS software, including Collector, Desktop, and Story Map.
  • Knowledgeable about the EPA Greenhouse Gas Inventory structure and sources of data, particularly regarding emissions from the oil and natural gas sector.
  • Experience in initiating and maintaining intra- and inter-agency collaborations.
  • First authorship of peer-reviewed journal articles and posters/presentations at national conferences.
  • The prospective employee would be familiar with working in a Research and Development setting.
  • The candidate would have experience conducting research at a GOGO (Government owned Government operated) lab.

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