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NEON - Metrology Technician

Company: Battelle
Location: Boulder
Posted on: May 28, 2023

Job Description:

Battelle delivers when others can't. We conduct research and development, manage national laboratories, design and manufacture products and deliver critical services for our clients-whether they are a multi-national corporation, a small start-up or a government agency.
We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.
Company Overview
Battelle manages and operates the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) program, which is solely funded by the National Science Foundation. A 30+ year project dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, land use and invasive species impact ecology, the observatory's scientists and engineers are collecting a comprehensive range of ecological data on a continental scale across 20 eco-climatic domains representing US ecosystems. Our teams use cutting-edge technology, including an airborne observation platform that captures 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 observe and sample populations of diverse organisms and collect soil and water data. Once structures are completed, a leading-edge cyberinfrastructure will calibrate, store and publish this information. The Observatory includes more than 500+ personnel and is the first of its kind designed to detect and enable forecasting of ecological change at continental scales.
Job Summary
The Metrology Technician provides support to the Assembly, Repair and Calibration (ARC) laboratory fixtures and supporting test instrumentation. ARC consists a small team of technicians and scientists in instrumentation laboratory settings and provides specially assembled and calibrated sensors and standards to ensure quality of measurements for the NEON project. The primary duties will include maintaining and operating calibration fixtures with a focus on wet chemistry, assisting in the logistics of sensor calibrations for the observatory, ensuring the tracking of laboratory sensor flow, assisting in the assembly or repair of sensors and ensuring clean and quality environment for laboratory operations. Other duties may include providing support for the outdoor calibration laboratory, which involves sensor installation, sensor maintenance, site maintenance, and spiking, filling and assaying compressed gas cylinders; performing calibrations on sensors.
Boulder, CO-HQ

  • Perform laboratory procedures with focus and attention to detail to ensure quality of measurements
  • Assist in coordination of sensor flow for the storage, shipping and tracking of calibrated sensors.
  • Assist with troubleshooting and repair of sensors, calibration fixtures and auxiliary equipment
  • Assist outdoor metrology facility operations including sensor install/uninstall, sensor maintenance, site maintenance, gas cylinder filling and compressor maintenance. These tasks will require manual labor.
  • Gas cylinder spiking, filling and assaying with coordination to ensure stock is maintained for field deployable cylinder designations.
  • Perform laboratory procedures with focus and attention to detail to ensure quality of measurements
  • Perform fabrication of sensors and assemblies following documented procedures and drawings
  • Assist in the improvement, development and maintenance of laboratory systems
  • Procurement of services and equipment to support laboratories' operations.
  • Perform manual labor including cleaning, moving of equipment, outdoor maintenance and other project specific assistance for laboratory operations
  • Perform maintenance and ensure operations for the outdoor metrology facility
  • Follow NEON laboratory and site-specific environmental protection and safety requirements, policy and procedures
  • Order and install equipment related to fixtures, assemblies and instrumentation, and maintain stock of regularly used materials and supplies.
  • Document procedures for the calibration fixtures, repair functions, assemblies and instrumentation Key Qualifications
    • High School Diploma
    • 1 or more years of relevant experience
    • Ability to follow procedures with attention to detail and accuracy
    • Demonstrated strong organizational and multitasking skills
    • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
    • Self-directed and motivated with the ability to work independently and in a team environment
    • Experience with Microsoft Office
    • Ability to do manual labor outdoors in the field under all types of weather conditions
    • Ability to drive company vehicles
    • Ability to lift 60 pounds Applicants must have authorization to work in the United States.
      Employment is contingent on background screen, drug screen, motor vehicle records check and physical.
      Must possess a current and valid State issued driver's license with insurable Department of Motor vehicle record (parking violations, minor driving offenses excluded) as determined by Battelle's insurance provider.
      Benefits: Live an Extraordinary Life
      We care about your well-being, not just on the job. Battelle offers comprehensive and competitive benefits to help you live your best life.
      • Take time to recharge: You get paid time off to support work-life balance and keep motivated.
      • Prioritize wellness: Stay healthy with medical, dental, and vision coverage with wellness incentives and benefits plus a variety of optional supplemental benefits.
      • Better together: Coverage for partners, gender-affirming care and health support, and family formation support.
      • Build your financial future: Build financial stability with an industry-leading 401(k) retirement savings plan. For most employees, we put in 5 percent whether you contribute or not, and match your contributions on top of that.
      • Advance your education: Tuition assistance is available to pursue higher education. A Work Environment Where You Succeed
        For brilliant minds in science, technology, engineering and business operations, Battelle is the place to do the greatest good by solving humanity's most pressing challenges and creating a safer, healthier and more secure world.
        You will have the opportunity to thrive in a culture that inspires you to:
        • Apply your talent to challenging and meaningful projects
        • Receive select funding to pursue ideas in scientific and technological discovery
        • Collaborate with world-class experts in an inclusive environment
        • Nurture and develop the next generation of scientific leaders
        • Give back to and improve our communities
          Vaccinations & Safety Protocols
          Battelle may require employees, based on job duties, work location, and/or its clients' requirements to follow certain safety protocols and to be vaccinated against a variety of viruses, bacteria, and diseases as a condition of employment and continued employment and to provide documentation that they are fully vaccinated. If applicable, Battelle will provide reasonable accommodations based on a qualified disability or medical condition through the Americans with Disabilities Act or the Rehabilitation Act or for a sincerely held religious belief under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (and related state laws).
          Battelle is an equal opportunity employer. We provide employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status veteran or military status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.
          The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle's Legal Department.
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