Associate Specialist - Cohen Research Group - Department of Chemistry
University of California Berkeley
May 10, 2018
Open date: May 7th, 2018
Next review date:May 22nd, 2018 Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: June 7th, 2018 Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
The Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a full- time (100%) Associate Specialist (Step I), with an expected start date of August 1, 2018.
About the UC Berkeley, Department of Chemistry – Cohen Research: Cohen and his team's research focuses on understanding basic processes that impact air quality and climate. Broadly, they study how nitrogen moves through and between the atmosphere and biosphere, what the measurement of concentrations of trace gases in the atmosphere can tell us about urban metabolism, the formation of atmospheric aerosols as well as clouds, and how to build new techniques and improve existing ones for studying these important atmospheric processes.
Position Description: The Associate Specialist will pursue independent research on strategies for building collaborative data sharing platforms for the research projects described below. He/she will collaborate with the BEACO2N scientific team developing strategies for obtaining comprehensive observations of concentrations of trace gases and aerosol in cities and turning those observations into meaningful scientific understanding of emissions and chemistry in urban atmospheres. He/she will work with the BEHR team on the development of tools converting space based observations of reflected sunlight into a shared publically accessible data base of column NO2, into new insights into emissions of NOx and new insights into the chemistry of cities. The associate specialist will work with the scientific team on computational, display, data storage and user experience issues related to these two major research projects as described briefly below. He/she will be expected to collaborate on the development of publications describing the research. In addition, the specialist will insure the data from these projects are widely and easily accessible to scientists and the public now and into the future. He/she will provide leadership in areas of computational, data science and public display for citizen science collaboration for a team of 5-8 professionals, graduate and undergraduate students. The specialist will be expected to develop approaches to simplify scientific analyses of the large data sets, to develop tools for sharing the data sets with collaborators and the public and to manage hardware and software that supports these projects. The research projects:
The Berkeley Atmospheric CO2 Network, BEACO2N, a multimode distributed sensor recording observations of CO2, CO, NO, NO2, O3 and fine particles. The instrument currently has ~50 nodes in the SF Bay Area, 15 in Houston, TX and 7 in New York City. Additional are planned for in the near future. The Berkeley High Resolution Retrieval (BEHR) for satellite remote sensing of NO2. BEHR is a high spatial resolution (4km) representation of observations from space based instruments for a subset of global data over North America. Basic Qualifications: Master of Arts, Master of Science or equivalent degree in Data Science or a related field required at the time of application.
Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge and experience with scientific data collection, storage and accessibility. Experienced with web based tools for enhancing public access to complex data sets that vary in space and time.
The salary range for this full-time (100%) position is $54,744/year plus benefits.
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