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Physical Scientist

Company: Lynker Corporation
Location: Chesapeake
Posted on: January 26, 2023

Job Description:

Lynker is searching for a talented Physical Scientist who will be responsible for a mixture of hands-on instrumentation work, environmental monitoring, research, and coding (MatLAB, Python, Labview) and data processing/analysis. The Physical Scientist selected is expected to provide leadership, guidance, and supervision to junior-level contract employees. Travel includes trips that are typically less than one week in duration. These tasks require the operation of Government-owned vehicles (a valid driver's license is required). The Physical Scientist shall perform field work utilizing standard physical abilities including light lifting, ladder climbing, and occasional deployment aboard small vessels (which requires completion of a boater safety course). Occasional surge support may be required.
Duties of the Physical Scientist will include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Calibrating sensors that measure water level, wind, temperature, air pressure, and other parameters to ensure proper field operation.
  • Conducting firmware and software updates to keep systems performing optimally.
  • Performing component and system upgrades per manufacturer specifications.
  • Assisting with the assembly, experiment preparation, and conduct of laboratory and field testing of new measurement systems including setting up data acquisition systems and conducting data processing in preparation for post-test data analysis.
  • Developing maintenance plans for new oceanographic and meteorological sensor technology and related systems.
  • Remote and on-site troubleshooting to include assessment of electronic systems and sensors by connecting directly to the observatory via computer and using system verification techniques and protocols to isolate problems or faults and restore data service at the station.
  • Testing sensors that measure water level, wind, temperature, air pressure and other parameters to determine suitability for CO-OPS field use.
  • Analyzing firmware and software updates for equipment to assess system functionality; assess potential system improvements to include recommended component and system upgrades to identify possible negative effects on data; and ensure updates do not affect the calibration or data ingestion.
  • Assessing and developing test plans and leading the assembly, experiment preparation, and conduct of laboratory and field testing of new oceanographic and meteorological sensor technology and related systems including setting up data acquisition systems and conducting data processing in preparation for post-test data analysis.
  • Managing projects involving the laboratory setup, testing, and field deployment of new Ocean/MET sensors, including evaluation of sensor performance using data analysis and quantitative data analysis of test data collected by measurement systems.
  • Preparation of new and experimental Ocean/MET systems for field deployment that includes sensor testing, integration of power and sensors to the data collection platform, and confirmation of data throughput via satellite and cellular telecommunication systems.
  • Develop test procedures for new and existing systems and sensors.
  • Provide field support, to include the installation, maintenance, and repair of sensors.
  • Provide technical equipment training to field crews.
  • Assist with minor drawings in reference to equipment placement on stations and or buoys.
  • Monitor data acquisition, track activities and problems, and provide resolutions for all field systems assigned
  • Investigate and resolve problems in engineering, system operations, and installation procedures
  • Coordinate with subject matter experts to obtain, store, and relay project information
  • Prepare and review documentation, test results, and reports of various data, drawings, schematics, and other sources
  • Provide support and technical expertise as required
  • Perform site inspections to assess suitability for use and any modifications that may be required
  • Develop and document new station installation/maintenance procedures.
  • Assist in sensor/system selection, procurement, acceptance/bench tests, field deployment, data acquisition and processing, and inter-comparison of the resulting data sets to accepted standards.
  • Utilize strong technical writing abilities to document systems, convey OSTEP recommendations, and present findings in formal written and oral presentations to CO-OPS personnel and at workshops or conferences which includes occasionally leading those workshops or convening conferences.
  • Provide a monthly status report of actions taken, actions pending, or anticipated issues with recommended resolutions.
  • Interact with cooperating universities, other government agencies, and sensor/system manufacturers.



    The Ideal Physical Scientist will have the Following:


    • Masters Degree with 4 years of relevant experience OR
    • Bachelors Degree with 6-8 years of relevant experience.



      About Lynker

      Lynker is a growing, Hub-zone certified small business specializing in professional, scientific and technical services. Our continually expanding team combines scientific expertise with mature, results-driven processes and tools to achieve technically sound, cost effective solutions in hydrology/water sciences, geospatial analysis, information technology, resource management, conservation, and management and business process improvement.

      We focus on putting the right people in the right place to be effective. And having the right people is critical for success. Our streamlined organization enables and empowers our talented professionals to tackle our customers' scientific and technical priorities - creatively and effectively.

      Lynker offers a team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries and benefits, and the opportunity to work in a culture of exceptionally skilled and diverse professionals who embrace sound science and creative solutions.

      Lynker is an E-Verify employer.

      Lynker is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply.

Keywords: Lynker Corporation, Chesapeake , Physical Scientist, Other , Chesapeake, Virginia

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