Research Associate- Aquatic Scientist
Boulder, CO

About $67,000 - $99,000 a year

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Battelle manages and operates the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) project, which is solely funded by the National Science Foundation. A 30+ year project dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology, the observatory’s scientists and engineers are collecting a comprehensive range of ecological data on a continental scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US ecosystems. Our teams use cutting-edge technology, including an airborne observation platform that captures images of regional landscapes and vegetation; mobile, relocatable, and fixed data collection sites with automated ground sensors to monitor soil and atmosphere; and trained field crews who observe and sample populations of diverse organisms and collect soil and water data. Once structures are completed, a leading edge cyberinfrastructure will calibrate, store and publish this information. The Observatory includes more than 500+ personnel and is the first of its kind designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales.

We are currently seeking Research Associate- Aquatic Scientist. This position is located in Boulder, CO.

The Aquatic Scientist will be part of an Aquatic Team that is responsible for operating, maintaining, and improving a national program to assess physical, chemical, and biological changes in lakes, rivers, and streams over 30 years. The Team currently documents field and lab methods, maintains and improves algorithms for data QA/QC and uncertainty estimates, and trains personnel in order to produce high quality data products for the research, education, and decision-making community.

Specifically, the Aquatic Scientist will work with an interdisciplinary team of ecologists, engineers, and other scientists to support the testing and implementation of statistically valid quality control and assurance procedures for data products that will enable researchers to investigate the impact of climate change, land-use change, invasive species, and unsustainable water use on freshwater ecosystems of North America.

This position will use data analysis packages to monitor and evaluate instrument and observational data collected across a nationally distributed network. The Research Associate will analyze data for data comparison, availability, and validation tests for NEON Aquatic Instrument System (AIS) and the Aquatic Observation System (AOS) data products.

Assists in sampling plans and data analysis for Aquatic Observations, specifically surface water chemistry, hydrology, and fluvial geomorphology.
Data processing and analysis for the Aquatic Instrumented Subsystem (AIS) and Aquatic Instrumented Subsystem (AOS) QA/QC.
Conducts quantitative analysis
Assist in training program for field based crews for instrumentation and observation data collection.
Participates in the larger NEON science community (e.g., attending conferences and working groups), supporting the active engagement between the Observatory and the broader science community to promote scientific advancements in continental- scale ecology relevant to the Observatory mission.
Follow NEON safety requirements, policy, and procedures.
Bachelor's degree in ecology, hydrology, biology, engineering, or a related field and 0 - 2 years of experience
Experience in freshwater ecology, with emphasis the biogeochemistry, hydrology, and/or fluvial geomorphology, or a related field.
Significant field based experience in instrumentation and methodology of lake, river, or stream ecosystems.
Demonstrated ability to write technical and scientific documents.
High level of attention to detail, with a self-directed and goal-oriented work style.
Experience working with databases or other data management software (e.g. Access, Oracle).
Experience with statistical analysis.
Experience with data analysis using coding language (e.g. R, Python).
Applicants must have authorization to work in the United States.

Employment is contingent on background screen, drug screen, motor vehicle records check and physical.

Master's degree in ecology, hydrology, biology, engineering, or a related field
Proficient knowledge of stream hydrological, morphological or biogeochemical dynamics preferred.
Demonstrated experience quality checking, correcting, and verifying data from in-situ sensors, including defining and correcting sensor drift.
Expertise with in situ aquatic sensor maintenance, data quality assessment, and theory including both optical and electrical types.
Long-term maintenance of a dispersed network of in situ instrumentation.
Experience communicating to the research community and federal agencies in a high-profile, professional environment, with demonstrated experience working in a collaborative scientific and engineering enterprise.
Experience programming in R or Python.
Experience using Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) instrumentation.
Experience with geographical location information systems, such as ArcGIS.
Experience working with federal and state agencies and NGO’s.
Ability and willingness to travel to Aquatic sites up to 10% of the time.
The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle’s Legal Department


Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

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