Sprint Fellowship Application: Public Lab Oil Sheen Testing
With the Public Lab Oil Testing Kit, we have been working with up to grade prepared samples and have a test that works in a controlled setting. We need your help taking this test into the field to collect oil on water -- this fellowship will support a community researcher to explore and pioneer techniques for collecting and concentrating oil sheens from the surface of bodies of water for analysis in the Oil Testing Kit.

Methods published (primarily on the PublicLab.org site) during this fellowship should avoid hazardous chemicals and utilize widely available, low-cost equipment in order to ensure that the techniques are accessible to members of the public without special equipment or expertise. The fellow will design and conduct sample preparation experiments, document experimental results, and write protocols for appropriate techniques.

The fellow should have a background in chemistry, with environmental chemistry and analytical chemistry experience preferred. The fellow should have experience conducting independent laboratory-based studies and be familiar with data quality assurance and quality control metrics. The fellow will work closely with the Data Ambassador and the Director of Production throughout the fellowship tenure, and will have support particularly in study design, material sourcing, and trouble-shooting.

Successful completion of this fellowship will produce:
1. A robust and easily replicable sample preparation method for analysis of oil sheens using the Public Lab Oil Testing Kit
2. Documentation of trial methods, successes and failures on the Public Lab website
3. A collection of spectra from experimental sample analysis, published on Spectral Workbench
4. Integration of the documented techniques with the upcoming Spectral Workbench 2.0 (e.g. through guides or wizards).
5. Coordination with three contributors to independently test the developed methods

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Describe your relevant experience *
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What is your motivation for applying? Why are you interested in being a Public Lab Fellow? *
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Provide an outline of your proposed work during the Fellowship period. *
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Please provide a link to a recent work sample related to the Fellowship topic. If your work sample is not hosted online, please email a copy to Klie@publiclab.org. For coding projects, link to recent contributions to open source projects (such as GitHub). *
Examples of work may include poster or oral presentations, published manuscripts, technical reports, or similar work.
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Do you have access to a commercial spectrometer with detection range at least 200 - 1000 nm and wavelength resolution of +/- 2 nm?
Access to commercial equipment is not a requirement of the fellowship.
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