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Scientific Associate - Aerosol Measurement

Job ID 2202 Date posted 06/01/2020
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Organizational Overview
The Environmental & Climate Sciences Department focuses on a wide range of theoretical, experimental, and field studies in support of the U.S. Department of Energy's climate research agenda. Within the Department, the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) program is an observation-based program created to measure aerosols, clouds, precipitation, radiation, dynamics, and thermodynamics, with the ultimate goal of reducing the uncertainty in global and regional climate models.  These observations are supported by various measurement platforms and instrument suites designed to conduct in situ observations of aerosols and related trace gases.

Position Description
A scientific associate will, under the supervision of scientific staff, work with aerosol instrumentation in a diverse, international, and collaborative environment for the analysis and interpretation of atmospheric aerosols measured in laboratory and field studies.  The aerosol instrumentation includes aerosol generators, condensation particle counters, aerosol electrometers, aerodynamic particle spectrometers, and scanning mobility particle spectrometers.  

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • As an ARM Associate Mentor, work with ARM Mentor at BNL to support field instruments (and other aerosol-related systems) deployed long term at field sites around the world.  Perform regular performance checks using: remote instrument access, working with scientists, on-site Operators, and inspection of data.
  • Participate in field visits to domestic and international sites during instrument startup, regular servicing and calibration, and unscheduled service.  Schedules vary, generally 6-8 x 1-week trips a year.  
  • Become knowledgeable with associated instrument data streams and processing algorithms.
  • Work with PIs, other Mentors and Site Operations to address site-specific measurement requirements as they arise
  • Calibration, troubleshooting, coordination of maintenance, performance analysis, data processing, and documentation of instrument portfolio.
  • Attend ARM conferences and workshops at 1-2 required meetings a year.
  • Enter timely QA/QC analysis and reports, weekly data reviews and acceptance, working with programmers for automated ARM processing, support of data users and Principal Investigators
  • Contribute to the identification and implementation of instrumental and procedural improvements to ARM measurement systems.
Initial appointment is for 2-years with expected renewal subject to continued funding and performance.

Position Requirements
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • BS in Chemistry, Physics, Atmospheric Science, Environmental Science or related fields
  • Minimum of three (3) years progressively responsible related work experience including supporting scientific research programs following established methods and standards for investigation and experimentation.
  • Understanding and proficiency in basic aerosol instrumentation hardware – installation, operation, maintenance, and repair
  • Demonstrate oral and written communications skills with data end-users, Mentors, and on-site Technicians (high school or BS level) 
  • Python, or Igor, or Matlab programming experience
  • Ability to travel (foreign and domestic) in support of instruments
  • Ability to work well in a diverse team across cultures, language skills and experience

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Master’s degree. 
  • Familiarity with environmental data sets across multiple instruments and formats
  • Experience with project management

Environment, Safety & Health, and other information

  • Ability to work in tight spaces
  • Routinely lift more than 30 pounds

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
  • Retirement 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.

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