June 2012
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[Met-jobs] Vacancy: QA/QC Scientist/Engineer with the National Ecological Observatory Network, Inc. (USA)

From "Roger Brugge" <>
To "" <>
Date Wed, 6 Jun 2012 07:45:41 +0000

Forwarded from CLIMLIST...


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

·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

·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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