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Environmental Engineer ( R-00082043 )


Applications Engineer



Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States


Job Description:

Looking for an opportunity to make an impact? We are seeking an Environmental Engineer to join our team in Pittsburgh, PA. This work will involve a multi-disciplinary, scientific, and technically oriented national laboratory team, participation alongside other data scientists, engineers, geologists, and computer scientists that produces technological solutions for America’s energy challenges. The successful candidate will conduct research to characterize CH4 emissions from natural gas infrastructure. Current CH4 emissions measurement efforts are focused on abandoned O&G wells, natural gas gathering pipelines, metering, and regulating stations, and natural gas storage wells (specifically, storage well blowout events). The team seeks a candidate with a strong background in EPA methodology such as the following: EPA Other Test Method (OTM) 33A, Geospatial Measurement of Air Pollution, Remote Emissions Quantification – Direct Assessment is a plus. Familiarity with the U.S. EPA Greenhouse Gas Inventory structure and sources of data, particularly regarding emissions from the oil and natural gas sector are a plus. You will have the opportunity to primary author and/or co-author reports, manuscripts, and articles suitable for publication.

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

Come join the Leidos Research Support Team supporting the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), where you’ll be able to work side by side conducting research with world-class scientists and engineers using state of the art equipment to contribute to new areas of basic and applied research; discover, integrate, and mature technology solutions to enhance the nation’s energy foundation and protect the environment for future generations. You will contribute to the development of patents, written reports, journal articles, and contribute to presentations on findings, highlights, and innovative solutions in DOE-sanctioned meetings, scientific conferences, and national committees. Explore the Research Support Services (RSS) contract for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) here -

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Assisting NETL staff to obtain cooperation from natural gas operators and/or landowners to secure site access agreements for field campaigns; Designing field campaigns for determination of emission rates from natural gas infrastructure in multiple regions; Collecting, recording, and analyzing CH4 concentration/emission rate and meteorological data.
  • Preparing quarterly progress reports and internal presentations on project progress.
  • Disseminating results via journal articles and national conference presentations.
  • Publications in high quality scientific peer-reviewed journals, presentations at national and international technical meetings.
  • Development of new intellectual property based on the innovative research.
  • Period status reporting and project reports (weekly/monthly/quarterly/annually) is required to update project managers and clients.
  • This position will require extensive interface with clients and potential collaborative partners, so excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.

Required Qualifications:

  • A successful applicant will have a Masters degree in in Atmospheric Sciences/Atmospheric Chemistry/Environmental Engineering/Meteorology or related degree with demonstration of the skills or a related field of study with relevant technical experience.
  • 2+ years of experience in field monitoring (planning and executing field campaigns, collecting field-based environmental data and subsequent analysis).
  • First authorship of posters/presentations at national conferences and/or peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Skilled in using programming language such as Matlab or Python.
  • Experience in dispersion modeling (e.g. Gaussian plume modeling) and statistical data analyses of environmental data.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph. D degree in in Atmospheric Sciences/Atmospheric Chemistry/Environmental Engineering/Meteorology.
  • Post-doctoral experience in a government-owned national laboratory is desired.
  • Experience with using ambient air monitoring analytical instruments (e.g. Los Gatos UGGA) including calibration, repair, and troubleshooting.
  • Experience with using meteorological instruments (e.g. 3D ultrasonic anemometers that measure wind parameters) including calibration, repair, and troubleshooting.

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