Environmental Scientist

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Apr 13, 2024
Apr 14, 2024
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Corporate, Other Corporate

Come join t he Leidos Research Support Team supporting the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), where you'll be able to work side by side conducting research with world-class scientists and engineers using state of the art equipment to contribute to new areas of basic and applied research.

We are seeking an Engineer or Scientist to join our team in Pittsburgh, PA . This work will involve a multi-disciplinary, scientific, and technically oriented national laboratory team , participation alongside other data scientists, engineers, geologists, and computer scientists that produces technological solutions for America's energy challenges. The successful candidate will conduct research to characterize methane emissions from natural gas infrastructure.

The team seeks a candidate with a strong background in EPA emissions quantification methodology such as the following: EPA Other Test Method (OTM) 33A, Geospatial Measurement of Air Pollution, Remote Emissions Quantification - Direct Assessment is a plus. Familiarity with the U.S. EPA Greenhouse Gas Inventory structure and sources of data, particularly regarding emissions from the oil and natural gas sector are a plus. You will have the opportunity to primary author and/or co-author reports, manuscripts, and articles suitable for publication.

Location: This position is onsite at the NETL campus in Pittsburgh, PA. Remote work up to 25% may be considered, for the successful candidate.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Assisting NETL staff to obtain cooperation from natural gas operators and/or landowners to secure site access agreements for field campaigns.
  • Designing field campaigns for determination of emission rates from natural gas infrastructure in multiple regions.
  • Collecting, recording, and analyzing methane concentration/emission rate and meteorological data.
  • Coordinate and manage field campaigns to survey and locate oil and gas wells in high probability areas.
  • Pilot, assemble, and maintain drones with IR and methane sensor payloads.
  • Preparing quarterly progress reports and internal presentations on project progress.
  • Disseminating results via journal articles and national conference presentations.
  • Development of new intellectual property based on the innovative research.
  • Period status reporting and project reports (weekly/monthly/quarterly/annually) is required to update project managers and clients.

Required Education, Experience & Other:
  • Master's degree in the Atmospheric Sciences, Environmental Engineering, or other related degree with a foundational understanding of emissions measurements OR a related field of study with relevant field based technical experience
  • Strong experience in planning and executing field sampling campaigns, collecting field-based environmental data and subsequent analysis
  • First authorship of posters/presentations at national conferences and/or peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Proficient in using a programming language such as Matlab or Python
  • Experience with using ambient air monitoring analytical instruments (e.g., Los Gatos UGGA) including calibration, repair, and troubleshooting
  • Familiarity with using meteorological instruments (e.g., 3D ultrasonic anemometers that measure wind parameters) including calibration, repair, and troubleshooting
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills as this position requires extensive interface with clients and potential collaborative partners
  • Must be able to meet the requirements for gaining access to work on the NETL campus
  • Ability to travel to the other NETL campuses as business needs require (up to 10%)

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Familiarity with dispersion modeling (e.g., Gaussian plume modeling) and statistical data analyses of environmental data
  • Experience assembling and operating drones and drone sensor payloads

Salary Range for this position: $80,000 to $87,500
Original Posting Date: 2024-03-04
While subject to change based on business needs, Leidos reasonably anticipates that this job requisition will remain open for at least 3 days with an anticipated close date of no earlier than 3 days after the original posting date as listed above.

Pay Range: Pay Range $65,000.00 - $117,500.00

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.