Air Quality Modeler (Researcher SR or Lead) - Uintah Basin

Utah State University
Logan, Utah (US)
Sep 30, 2020
Oct 30, 2020
Career Level
Education Level
Relocation Cost
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Air Quality Modeler (Researcher SR or Lead) - Uintah Basin

Requisition ID: 2020-2932
# of Openings: 1
Category (Portal Searching): Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type: Benefited Full-Time
City: Vernal
Job Classification: Exempt
College: Statewide Campuses
Department: Vernal Air Quality
Advertised Salary: Commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits

The successful applicant will be responsible for developing, maintaining, and applying air quality models, including coupled three-dimensional meteorological/photochemical models (e.g., WRF-Chem, WRF-CAMx, WRF-CMAQ). She or he may also take part in field and laboratory work, including collecting samples, maintaining analytical equipment, and processing and analyzing data. This individual will be involved in project development and planning (including grant-writing) and will engage with local government and industry stakeholders to establish relationships and cooperate in project execution. She or he will write reports and peer-reviewed publications.

This position may be filled at any level, from Postdoctoral Fellow to lead Research Scientist, and is part of the Bingham Research Center at Utah State University in Vernal, Utah (

• 60% of time:
o Carry out research involving air quality models, developing and maintaining models, and researching ways to improve their performance.
o Much of the modeling work will be to enhance model performance for unique conditions in the wintertime Uintah Basin (i.e., stagnant cold air pools, emissions from the oil and gas industry, and wintertime ozone).
o Modeling may also involve transport and oxidation chemistry of mercury or other atmospheric constituents at the regional or global scales.

• 20% of time:
o Write reports, proposals, and peer-reviewed papers.
o Present at conferences.

• 10% of time:
o Conduct field and laboratory work: collect, preserve, and analyze environmental samples.

• 10% of time:
o Engage with regulators, elected officials, industry, environmental advocates, and the public.
• Additionally, the Researcher Lead level will supervise other research staff, including students.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, Environmental Chemistry, or a related field.
• Experience in the following software platforms is required: the WRF meteorological model, the SMOKE emissions model, and one or more of the standard photochemical grid models, such as CMAQ, CAMx, or WRF-CHEM.
• Experience with high-performance, parallel-processing environments is also required.
• Ability to work with Fortran and Python programming languages is required.
• Commitment to chemical and physical safety is required.
• Demonstrated skill in oral and written scientific communication.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Postdoctoral experience.
• Experience in machine learning for data analysis applications.
• Ability to perform manual labor in field and laboratory conditions.

Additional qualifications for Researcher Lead:
• Experience carrying out a research program independently.
• Experience as a supervisor.
• Experience building relationships with stakeholders.
• Extensive experience writing grants and publishing.

Required Documents
Along with the online application, please attach:
1. Resume to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile
2. Cover letter to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile under 'Other Documents 1-10'
3. Transcript(s) to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile under 'Other Documents 1-10'
4. One Writing Sample(s) to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile under 'Other Documents 1-10'
5. Minimum Two Letter(s) of Recommendation to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile under 'Other Documents 1-10'

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

To Apply:

Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits

Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights
The USU Bingham Research Center focuses on the environmental impacts of energy development. Our research is internationally regarded and yet has a meaningful impact on the health and economic outcomes of our local community. Our campus is minutes from world-class mountain biking, fishing, river rafting, high mountain wilderness, slick rock, and more. Learn about us at

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