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Atmospheric Scientist

Job ID 3049 Date posted 03/03/2022

Brookhaven National Laboratory ( delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University. BSA salutes our veterans and active military members with careers that leverage the skills and unique experience they gained while serving our country. Our organization fully supports service members transitioning from active duty to civilian life and pledge’s our commitment to actively hire veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Military personnel who have been formally trained or have relevant experience obtained while in service may meet educational requirements and are encouraged to apply for job opportunities at BSA.

Organizational Overview

The Environmental & Climate Sciences Department (ECSD) ( at Brookhaven National Laboratory focuses on a wide range of theoretical, experimental, and field studies in support of the U.S. Department of Energy's climate and energy research agendas. Work is supported by the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) User Facility (, an observations-based program that measures aerosols, clouds, precipitation, radiation, and atmospheric dynamics; the Atmospheric Systems Research Program (, and the Environmental System Science Program ( This work is pursued with the ultimate goal of improving predictability and reducing the uncertainty in global and regional climate models. The department research portfolio also includes development of environmental technologies and applications for renewable energies, urban science, and national security.

The ECSD has an opening for an Atmospheric Scientist with a focus on high-resolution cloud process modeling. The successful candidate will join the Cloud Processes Group ( that is recognized for its state-of-the-art observational and modeling studies of the microphysical and dynamical processes that impact the lifecycle of clouds, with the aim of improving their representation in earth system models and increase our ability to understand and project global change.

Position Description
In this position you will work with a team of scientists in the Environmental & Climate Sciences Department, an exciting, collaborative group that spearheads innovative cloud research using modeling, observations, theoretical development, and analysis methodologies for the study of cloud dynamical, microphysical, and radiative processes that impact cloud lifecycle, particularly with a focus on aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions. You will have a strong interest in the complementary and innovative use of observational datasets for the cloud process studies, particularly engaging in the use of the group’s state-of-the-art retrievals and observations. Candidates with an appetite for team approaches and solid independent thinking are strongly encouraged to apply.   You will interact with faculty and students at neighboring Stony Brook University and will have a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community. Additionally, there will be opportunities to work on urban science through engagement with the Center for Multiscale Applied Sensing (CMAS;

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Use and development of high-resolution modeling to examine the microphysical, dynamical, and radiative processes that affect cloud lifecycle and aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions.
  • Complementary and innovative use of data from atmospheric observing systems towards model development, evaluation, and scientific discovery.
  • Publish and present research results at national and international venues.
  • Lead and participate in applications for funding opportunities.
  • Work and communicate effectively in a team-oriented environment.

Position Requirements
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s and 5+ years, or Master’s and 3+ years, or Doctorate, in meteorology, atmospheric science, or a closely related field
  • Demonstrated experience in the use and development of high-resolution modelling for the study of cloud processes
  • Demonstrated experience in understanding processes that control clouds and/or aerosol-cloud-precipitation interactions
  • A record of publication in high-quality, internationally recognized journals
  • Clear and concise verbal and written communication and strong collaborative skills.
  • Ability to interact effectively in a team environment with a diverse group of scientists, engineers, technical staff.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ph.D. and at least 2 years additional experience in meteorology, atmospheric science, or a closely related field
  • Experience using atmospheric observations of cloud properties and processes for model development, evaluation, and scientific discovery.
  • Modeling or analysis of the urban boundary layer and/or land-atmosphere interactions
  • Use and/or development of instrument simulators
  • Application and development of machine learning techniques at the intersection of advancing physical models
  • Experience and/or interest in leadership of a scientific research group

Other info:

  • Appointment level will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
  • Review of applications begins immediately.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled
  • The position reports directly to Dr. Michael Jensen

At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)
  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Flexible Work Arrangements
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation:  Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Ping Pong, Softball, Tennis)

Brookhaven Science Associates requires proof of a COVID-19 vaccination for all employees. Proof of full vaccination as recognized by the CDC and/or WHO, inclusive of the two-week waiting period, is required at the start of your employment.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab. We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

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