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 Kit2. Documentation of trial methods, successes and failures on the Public Lab website3. A collection of spectra from experimental sample analysis, published on Spectral Workbench4. 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