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Research Associate for Advancing Solar Irradiance Forecast in Cloudy Conditions

Job ID 1278 Date posted 06/11/2018


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 candidate will join the Climate and Process Modeling Group in the Environmental & Climate Sciences Department of Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) (https://www.bnl.gov/envsci/CPM/). The Climate and Process Modeling group aims to address the multi-scale system by using multi-scale process modeling and observational analyses to understand the processes essential to clouds, precipitation, land-atmosphere interactions, and urban impacts; by developing parameterizations of these processes for large scale models; and by evaluating the impacts of these processes with regional and global climate models. The position will also work closely with the scientists in the Cloud Process Group (https://www.bnl.gov/envsci/cloud/), and BNL Computational Science Initiative (https://www.bnl.gov/compsci/).



Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is seeking a full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on a multi-institution project aiming to advance the WRF-Solar model to improve solar irradiance forecasts in cloudy conditions. A related focus is on improving microphysics parameterization in the WRF-Solar model.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Run WRF-Solar simulations, evaluate the model performance against measurements, and implement/develop new parameterizations for model improvement;

  • Work closely with other scientists on the project from the Environmental and Climate Sciences Department and Computational Sciences Initiative;

  • Publish peer-reviewed articles; and,

  • Present at national and international meetings.

Review of applications begins immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. 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. Yangang Liu.



Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • PhD in atmospheric sciences or related field (if not already graduated, then must be expected by January 2019).
  • A strong background in cloud microphysics and WRF model.

  • Familiarity with model evaluation against measurements
  • Skill in programming languages (e.g., FORTRAN)

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience with radiative transfer and observational analysis of measurements
  • Experience with supercomputing

  • Skills in theoretical development and statistical and machine learning approaches

  • Demonstrated record of publishing

  • Effective oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to conduct independent research as well as work as part of a team

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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