Scientist

Posted Date: Jun 23, 2024

Location: Camden, NJ, US, 08102

Company: American Water Works Company Inc

Requisition ID:  105881 

 

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About American Water
American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest regulated water and wastewater utility company in the United States. With a history dating back to 1886, We Keep Life Flowing® by providing safe, clean, reliable and affordable drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people across 14 regulated jurisdictions and 18 military installations. American Water’s 6,500 talented professionals leverage their significant expertise and the company’s national size and scale to achieve excellent outcomes for the benefit of customers, employees, investors and other stakeholders.


As one of the fastest growing utilities in the U.S., American Water expects to invest $30 to $34 billion in infrastructure repairs and replacement, system resiliency and regulated acquisitions over the next 10 years. The company has a long-standing history of executing its core operations, aligned with sustainable best practices, through its commitments to safety, affordability, customer service, protecting the environment, an inclusive workforce and strengthening communities.


American Water has been recognized on the 2023 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Indexfor the fifth consecutive year, ranked 18th on Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable U.S. Companies 2023 List, earned the U.S. Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act designation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense® Excellence Award, among additional state, local and national recognitions.

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Primary Role

**This position will report to American Water's Delran laboratory as well as Camden HQO.

 

The Scientist assists in solving complex problems as defined in the research goals for the respective scientific, technology or engineering domain related to AW's business areas. The scientist primarily supports water research projects through water sample collection, chemical and/or microbiological analysis, and data evaluations. The Scientist adheres to research standards and the governance framework set by leadership. 

The candidate's role includes executing tasks for research investigations that require a variety of complex water quality analytical equipment and associated data processing components. They are responsible for using proper operating, maintenance and safety techniques conducted in the laboratory and in the field. They will assist with design and implementation of sampling surveys, bench- and pilot-scale testing. They assist in the creation and maintenance of a research and innovation agenda and roadmap to support AW Business needs. They contribute to research articles and papers relevant to their domain.

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Key Accountabilities

  • Maintains laboratory safety and QAQC procedures.
  • Supports experimental design and development of project objectives.
  • Executes planning and scheduling for water quality research projects.
  • Prepares samples according to established methods for chemical or microbiological analytes.
  • Develops and applies methodology for water quality constituents (e.g., organic matter fractions, chemical contaminants, cyanobacteria, etc.) using laboratory and online monitoring equipment, advanced data analytics/statistics and machine learning.
  • Performs related duties within research studies such as purchasing laboratory supplies, preparing sampling kits and materials for analysis (e.g., organic-free glassware) and manages time, budget and costs as related.
  • Analyzes and interprets water quality data through a detailed review.
  • Participates in project progress meetings by preparing written updates that include data visualization related to objectives and associated tasks.
  • Assists in preparing technical information and major findings of research and innovation projects into clear, comprehensive written weekly or monthly reports.
  • Contributes to articles in peer-reviewed journals and presentations in national and local conferences.
  • Keeps abreast of latest trends and happenings in water research.
  • Similar or related duties to support the research roadmap or business needs/requests may be included.

Knowledge/Skills

  • Good laboratory skills.
  • Effective teamworking skills.
  • Technical writing and verbal communication skills.
  • Development and design of experimental and sampling protocols.
  • Maintaining, troubleshooting, and conducting performance evaluations of laboratory equipment.
  • Analysis and interpretation of data.
  • Visualization and modeling using R, Python, Excel of complex datasets.
  • Project management.
  • Time management skills and the ability to prioritize multi-project workloads.
  • Works independently on water research projects under direction.
  • Safe laboratory practices and procedures; and quality control techniques.
  • Theory, principles, practices, methods, chemicals and agents used in chemical, microbiological, and physical analysis and testing of water.
  • Water chemistry, drinking water treatment processes including organic and inorganic contaminant removal, filtration, oxidation and disinfection.
  • Laboratory procedures for water sample preparation and analysis; Federal EPA and AWWA/APHA Standard Methods.
  • Sterile techniques and other contaminant minimization procedures for microbiological assays and organic analysis.
  • Federal EPA regulations and Safe Drinking Water Act.
  • Operation and maintenance of applicable advanced and complex laboratory instrumentation and related computer programs and software; Programmable laboratory equipment; Preparation and maintenance of standard laboratory glassware, beakers, flasks, pipettes, etc.

Experience/Education

  • Masters or PhD in environmental science, environmental engineering, chemistry, microbiology, or other relevant area.
  • 2 years of water research experience.
  • Experience from the candidate’s Masters/PhD thesis and dissertation research will be considered or post-doctoral appointment.
  • Drinking water supply monitoring (surface and ground water), research laboratory experience with chemistry or microbiology methodology and instrumentation.

Travel Requirements

  • Limited travel may include field work onsite (pilot and equipment maintenance) or field sampling. 
  • Visits to local water treatment facilities for learning the business and our locations may be incorporated with project and development goals.

Work Environment

  • The Scientist will be in a water laboratory and office setting. Depending on the project type and status this may be approximately half time for each.

Competencies

Champions safety
Customer obsessed
Cultivates innovation
Nimble learning
Drives Results
Collaborates

 

 

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