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Assistant Project Scientist - Optical measurements

Recruitment Period

Open September 23rd, 2019 through Sunday, Dec 1, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)


The UC Davis Air Quality Research Center seeks an Assistant Project Scientist for the collaborative development of an active research program focused on characterization of ambient particulate matter samples. The applicant will be involved in planning and execution of both field and laboratory experiments. The applicant will also provide leadership, supervision and training for postdoctoral researchers, students and other laboratory co-workers. Research activities will include interaction and collaboration with on- and off-campus researchers. He/she will communicate the results of these activities to the respective funding agencies.
The applicant will participate in and lead field studies using a time-resolved cascading impactor system developed by AQRC. The applicant must be experienced with 1) field deployments in urban, rural, and remote locations, 2) custom equipment maintenance and development, 3) analysis and interpretation of size- and time-resolved particulate matter samples, and 4) independent development and evaluation of microprocessor/sensor systems. Additionally, he/she will utilize a number of analytical systems that include soft-beta ray attenuation mass measurement, broadband transmission/reflectance spectrometer, synchrotron-induced X-ray fluorescence, and proton-based elemental characterization systems (PIXE, PESA, and RBA). The applicant will be responsible for operation, maintenance, and continued development of these systems, including hardware, software, database, calibration standards, and QA/QC protocols and documentation. This includes using custom R packages and a SQL relational database. Additionally, he/she will be responsible for reviewing laboratory quality assurance procedures, performing validation checks, and managing annual updates to QA documentation to ensure efficient and effective quality control of the data for inter-disciplinary national networks and laboratory procedures.
The applicant will participate in professional societies and conferences appropriate to his/her specific field of research and will serve as a reviewer of research proposals and scientific publications as appropriate. The applicant is also encouraged to engage in University service activities such as guest lecturing and committee service as time permits. Teaching classroom courses is not an expectation of this position.

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Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)