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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Boundary Layer Meteorology

Job ID 1903 Date posted 10/01/2019


Brookhaven National Laboratory is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located on the center of Long Island, New York, Brookhaven Lab brings world-class facilities and expertise to the most exciting and important questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. We operate cutting-edge large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory's almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. Our award-winning history, including seven Nobel Prizes, stretches back to 1947, and we continue to unravel mysteries from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale, and everything in between. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.



The successful candidates will join the Cloud Processes Group in the Environmental and Climate Sciences Department of Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) (https://www.bnl.gov/envsci/cloud/). The Cloud Processes Group seeks to gain improved understanding, through remote sensing and modeling studies, of the microphysical and dynamical processes that impact the lifecycle of clouds to improve their representation in climate models and increase our ability to understand and project global change. We are also interested in applying our expertise to address energy needs, such as solar energy forecasts and quantification of storm impacts on utility outages for improvement of grid resiliency and restoration.



Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on a project to advance predictive understanding of urban meteorology. In this position, you will work with a collaborative team of scientists from BNL and Stony Brook University to spearhead analysis of the urban datasets and high-resolution modeling output.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Analyze urban meteorological remote sensing and surface meteorology datasets, and high-resolution model output to improve predictive understanding of urban meteorology;
  • Work closely with scientists on the project from the Environmental and Climate Sciences Department and Stony Brook University;
  • Publish peer-reviewed articles; and,
  • Present at workshops and national and international meetings.

Review of applications begins immediately. The initial appointment will be one year, with renewal contingent upon availability of funding and satisfactory performance. Research will be under the direction of Dr. Andrew Vogelmann.



Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • PhD in atmospheric sciences or related field;
  • A background analyzing observations of atmospheric processes;
  • A background analyzing atmospheric model output; and,
  • Skill in programming and analysis languages (e.g., FORTRAN, IDL, and/or Matlab)
  • Effective oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to conduct independent research as well as work as part of a team

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience working on turbulence and/or boundary layer processes;
  • Experience analyzing lidar measurements;
  • Experience analyzing atmospheric model output against measurements;
  • Demonstrated record of publishing;

BNL Policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past five years.

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 Plans
  • Dental Plans
  • Vacation
  • Holidays
  • Life Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Swimming Pool, Weight Room,Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits


We invite you to consider Brookhaven National Laboratory for employment. To be considered for this position, please apply online at BNL Careers and enter the job title into the Keyword Search.

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer 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.

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