The UC Davis Air Quality Research Center (AQRC) is a growing interdisciplinary Organized Research Unit (ORU). Its mission is to facilitate research on the scientific, engineering, health, social, and economic aspects of gaseous and particulate atmospheric pollutants.
AQRC analyzes particulate matter samples for the United States National Park Service (NPS) Interagency Monitoring for Protected Visual Environments (IMPROVE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Chemical Speciation Network (CSN). IMPROVE was established in 1985 to monitor visibility in the National Parks and Wilderness Areas, and AQRC operates over 150 air pollution sampling sites for IMPROVE, as well as analyzes samples, processes the analysis data, and delivers data to the NPS and EPA. CSN collects samples in an urban monitoring network with over 140 sites. For CSN, AQRC analyzes samples, processes the analysis data, and delivers data to the EPA.
Under general supervision of the Laboratory Manager, provide expertise and perform quality assurance oversight for the analytical measurements including X-ray fluorescence (XRF), light absorption, gravimetric mass, and thermal optical analysis. The lab analyzes over 100,000 samples/year for two nationwide air quality monitoring networks. Routine responsibilities include assisting with performing quality control tests and reviewing results, preparing quality assurance report sections, preparing analysis reports, developing enhancements to standard operating procedures, training new laboratory technicians, developing quality assurance procedures and quality control checks, performing data validation, and serving as the laboratory safety officer. Periodic responsibilities include analyzing data for trends in both the atmosphere and the measurements and developing calibration reference materials.