May 2012
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[Met-jobs] Job Opportunity for QA/QC Scientist/Engineer - emphasis in uncertainty and time series analysis

From Laura Reynolds <>
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Date Mon, 21 May 2012 21:44:32 +0000


The National Ecological Observatory Network, Inc. (NEON™) is a $430 million dollar observatory project dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology.  For the next three decades NEON will collect a comprehensive range of ecological data on a continental scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US ecosystems.  NEON will use cutting edge technology including an airborne observation platform that will capture 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 will observe and sample populations of diverse organisms and collect soil and water data.  A leading edge cyberinfrastructure will calibrate, store and publish this information.  The Observatory will grow to 300+ personnel and will be the first of its kind designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales.


Position Summary

Reporting to the manager of the Calibration, Validation and Audit Laboratory, the QA/QC Scientist will design, construct, operate and optimize calibration and validation activities for environmental sensors. This position will support long term QA/QC activities and contribute towards new, still to be defined, developments



Boulder, Colorado


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

·   Leads and provides vision in the definition, implementation and optimization of innovative tools for the analysis of data, Quality metrics and uncertainty analyses in calibration operations

·   Coordinates QA/QC data flows with other related NEON groups (including science)

·   Designs manual and automated QA/QC procedures to be implemented during the calibration of sensors

·   Provides a strong foundation in metrology and the traceability of measurements to known and accepted standards



·   MS degree or higher (or equivalent experience) in Science or a related Engineering field with a strong emphasis on Quality systems

·   Recent PhD graduates may apply, but this is NOT a post-Doctoral position


Required Experience:

·   Proven experience in the QA/QC as a Scientist, statistician or engineer, that can design and deploy complete Quality systems

·   Proven experience with quantitative uncertainty analyses and time-series analyses

·   Experience delivering a final product from concept through testing to deployment

·   Experience working in a collaborative scientific or engineering enterprise

·   Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in written and oral forms


Preferred Experience:

·   Knowledge of a wide range of meteorological related sensors, and measurement techniques and their associated data acquisition and analysis procedures

·   Experience with production data flows

·   Recognized Quality systems like Six Sigma, Lean, ISO, others

·   QA certifications (CQE, CRE, Black Belt, or similar)

·   Training and facilitating over complex technical issues related to the Quality field


Skills and Abilities:

·   Critical thinking, scientific writing and review

·   Quantification of spatial and temporal variation of data quality properties and processes

·   Demonstrated problem-solving and communication skills

·   Desired knowledge base of both instrument hardware and software development


Apply to


NEON Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, Minorities, Veterans and Disabled Persons are encouraged to apply.



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