[ES_JOBS_NET] Physical Science Researcher/Scientist II, Modeling and Emission Inventory (MEI) Unit, Colorado DPHE


This announcement will close
on August 16, 2016 or once we have identified an adequate
applicant pool, whichever comes first.  Applicants are
strongly encouraged to apply early.

Make a real difference . . .
Do you have a passion and drive to apply your talent to create
a better Colorado? Are you looking for a career that provides
you with opportunities to improve the world around you? The
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)
is seeking diverse individuals from all backgrounds to apply
for a fantastic position that makes a direct impact on
improving the lives of Colorado citizens. Our mission is to
protect and improve the health of Colorado’s people and the
quality of its environment.
If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference,
consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado
Department of Public Health and Environment. Our tobacco-free
campus offers free parking and is conveniently located near
RTD bus lines, the Cherry Creek Shopping Center, Glendale City
Set, and the Cherry Creek bike path. In addition to a great
location and rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

Employee wellness programs and facilities

Extensive internal professional development
opportunities on a wide variety of subjects

Bike to work programs, including access to
storage lockers and bike racks

Distinctive career advancement opportunities
throughout the State system

Strong, yet flexible retirement
benefits including
a choice of the PERA Defined Benefit Plan or the PERA
Defined Contribution Plan, plus optional 401K and 457 plans

and dental health plans

Paid life insurance

Short- and long-term disability coverage

10 paid holidays per year plus generous
personal time off

Mentoring program with opportunities for
mentors and mentees

Tuition assistance for college level courses
including Masters degree programs

Excellent work-life programs, such as flexible
schedules, and

A variety of employee resource groups

We are committed
to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing
culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we
encourage responses from people of diverse backgrounds and
Some positions may qualify for the Public Service Loan
Forgiveness Program. For more information, go to:  http://ift.tt/1ZI95w4

Description of Job

The Work Unit:
The Modeling and Emission Inventory (MEI) Unit performs and
reviews air quality-related analyses for a variety of air
programs to meet Federal and State regulatory requirements,
including state implementation plans, stationary source
permitting, mobile source control programs, National
Environmental Policy Act actions, and hazardous waste site
studies. The analyses include air quality impact modeling,
emission modeling, meteorological analysis, and emission
inventory development. The spatial scales of analyses include
near-field, far-field, and regional scale. Emission inventory
work includes the compilation and development of comprehensive
multi-pollutant inventories suitable for use in air quality
modeling and conformity. Emission inventory development work
includes on-road and non-road mobile sources, area sources, and
small stationary sources not included in the Division’s Air
Pollution Emission Notice program. Meteorological applications
include review of the adequacy of meteorology for near-field
modeling and evaluation of output from meteorological models for
regional modeling purposes.  This unit also exists to provide
technical work products and analysis to internal and external
What You’ll Be Doing:
This position functions primarily as an air pollutant emission
inventory specialist. This position exists to apply scientific
research methods, theory, and principles in the identification,
study, and solution of air pollution problems by designing,
developing, applying, and validating emission inventory
techniques. The position works as an integral member of a
scientific atmospheric modeling team that designs, applies,
develops, and implements integrated air quality modeling systems
that: 1) generate data using deterministic and/or stochastic
modeling systems that determine if a given source of air
pollution or geographic area is and/or will be in compliance
with applicable state and federal ambient air quality
regulations and standards. The position will perform other
duties, as necessary and as assigned, that are consistent with
the purpose of the position and Unit.

Minimum Qualifications,
Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights

Minimum Qualifications:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a
bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in
engineering, environmental science, meteorology, atmospheric
science or closely related field AND two years professional
experience in air quality and experience performing/supporting
technical air quality analyses. This
experience must be substantiated within the Work Experience
section of your application. “See Resume” will not be
accepted. In addition, part-time work will be prorated.
A graduate degree in from an accredited college or university in
engineering, environmental science, meteorology, atmospheric
science or closely related degree may substitute for one (1)
year of the professional experience. Experience of the type and
nature listed in the duties above may substitute for the
required education on a year-for-year basis.
Preferred Qualifications and Essential Competencies
The preferred experience, competencies and abilities are highly
desirable for this position and will be considered in selecting
the successful candidate:

management to include proficiency in ACCESS (highly preferred)

and experience managing and analyzing large data sets in
various formats such as ACCESS format and NetCDF (highly

work or experience using MOVES (highly preferred)

work or experience in developing multi-source and
multi-species air pollution emission inventories (highly preferred)

running the SMOKE emissions processor or other emission
processors (highly preferred) 

using the LINUX OS

post-processing WRF meteorological data for use in emissions
models such as SMOKE, MEGAN, and MOVES

writing and editing FORTRAN code

work or experience running meteorological models such as WRF

and experience using data from  the NEI

work or experience with GIS. Experience
presenting and visually displaying large datasets.

degree in  engineering, meteorology or environmental science

and experience writing technical reports

work or experience using CAMx or CMAQ

to detail and Quality Assurance

to effectively communicate both orally and in writing with a
wide range of audiences

to work independently

with a strong work ethic


to apply technology

analysis and reporting skills

of research methodology

or mathematical ability


Supplemental Information

complete application packet must include:

completed State of Colorado application.

cover letter that
describes your experience in emission inventory work.
Additionally, please describe your experience with database
management and GIS (not to exceed two pages). 

Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. 

Selection Process

applications that are received by the closing of this
announcement will be reviewed against the Minimum
Qualifications in this announcement. Candidates who meet the
minimum qualifications proceed to the next step.

Revised Statutes require that state employees are hired and
promoted based on merit and fitness through a comparative
analysis process.

Part of, or all of,
the comparative analysis for this position may be a
structured application review, which involves a review of
the information you submit in your application materials
by Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) against the preferred

top group, up to six candidates, will be invited to schedule
an interview with the hiring manager.

Appeal Rights: If
you receive notice that you have been eliminated from
consideration for the position, you may protest the action by
filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel
Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the
elimination. Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and
comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the
State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days
from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are
challenging. Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel
Board Rules and Personnel Director’s Administrative Procedures,
4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The
State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director’s
Administrative Procedures are available at http://ift.tt/2aIvTJt
standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb.
If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the
official appeal form, signed by you or representative, and
received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt
of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel
Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525
Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038.
Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal
procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

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