SPECTROSCOPIST (Lab Quality Assurance Analyst)

UC Davis Air Quality Research Center
Davis, California
$5,723.71 - $9,205.11/MO
Sep 02, 2020
Oct 02, 2020
Spectroscopist_AGU Job Ad_9.2.20-10.2.20
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SPECTROSCOPIST (Lab Quality Assurance Analyst)

Department Description

The UC Davis Air Quality Research Center (AQRC) is a growing interdisciplinary Organized Research Unit (ORU). Its mission is to facilitate research on the scientific, engineering, health, social, and economic aspects of gaseous and particulate atmospheric pollutants.

AQRC analyzes particulate matter samples for the United States National Park Service (NPS) Interagency Monitoring for Protected Visual Environments (IMPROVE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Chemical Speciation Network (CSN). IMPROVE was established in 1985 to monitor visibility in the National Parks and Wilderness Areas, and AQRC operates over 150 air pollution sampling sites for IMPROVE, as well as analyzes samples, processes the analysis data, and delivers data to the NPS and EPA. CSN collects samples in an urban monitoring network with over 140 sites. For CSN, AQRC analyzes samples, processes the analysis data, and delivers data to the EPA.

Job Summary

Under general supervision of the Laboratory Manager, provide expertise and perform quality assurance oversight for the analytical measurements including X-ray fluorescence (XRF), light absorption, gravimetric mass, and thermal optical analysis. The lab analyzes over 100,000 samples/year for two nationwide air quality monitoring networks. Routine responsibilities include assisting with performing quality control tests and reviewing results, preparing quality assurance report sections, preparing analysis reports, developing enhancements to standard operating procedures, training new laboratory technicians, developing quality assurance procedures and quality control checks, performing data validation, and serving as the laboratory safety officer. Periodic responsibilities include analyzing data for trends in both the atmosphere and the measurements and developing calibration reference materials.


Salary Range

$5,723.71 - $9,205.11/MO.                      

No. of Positions     1

Appointment Type Career

Percentage of Time Fulltime, 100%

Shift Hours Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm

Location UC Davis

Union Representation Yes

Benefits Eligible Yes

Apply by Date 9/15/2020


Sit at a desk in front of a monitor for long periods.

Push, pull, and lift laboratory equipment weighing up to 50 lbs.


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-M.S. in analytical chemistry, physics, engineering, or related field, with at least three years of experience working in an analytical laboratory.

-Knowledge, understanding, and experience with spectral analysistechniques.

-Knowledge of good laboratory practices and quality assurance protocols.

-Excellent written and oral technical communication skills, and experience presenting research findings.

-Experience initiating, establishing, interpreting, implementing, and documenting laboratory quality control procedures.

-Attention to detail.

-Ability to prioritize work and perform in a fast-paced environment. 


-Ph.D. in analytical chemistry, nuclear physics, or related field.

-Experience operating and maintaining XRF analyzers, thermal optical analyzers for carbon, balances, and other analytical instrumentation.

-Experience with laser optical systems. Experience performing air quality measurements.

-Experience working with large data sets using relational databases.

-Experience with scientific programming languages such as R.


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