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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory ARM Radar Data Mentor in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311468

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change

Group: Earth Systems Measurement & Data Sciences

Job Description

The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks a scientist to serve as the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) radar data mentor. ARM is a multi-laboratory, U.S. Department of Energy scientific user facility that contributes to national and international climate research efforts. The radar data mentor will serve a critical function within ARM by leading the characterization and processing of ARM radar measurements. The radar data mentor is expected to have experience with meteorological radar systems and the analysis of measurements collected from these systems. It is expected that the successful candidate will have experience with unprocessed radar data including, but not limited to, radar reflectivity, polarimetric parameters and Doppler spectra. The radar data mentor will be the primary point of contact within ARM for issues related to the characterization and processing of radar measurements and will lead future development of ARM radar measurement strategies including operations and new instrumentation. The responsibilities of the radar data mentor position include:

  • Develop and apply strategies, in partnership with the ARM radar hardware engineering team and other ARM staff, for radar calibration and the application of complementary field measurements to constrain radar measurements

  • Analyze radar measurements to assess instrument performance and identify and diagnose performance issues

  • Develop diagnostic software tools to aid in the identification of radar performance issues

  • Oversee the processing of radar data to standard ARM format and a well-characterized state using a consistent methodology across the ARM radar network to minimize uncertainty in radar reflectivity and other parameters,

  • Communicate radar status and performance issues to ARM staff and the science community

  • Provide assessments and recommendations to ARM management regarding near-term and long-term radar operations planning

You will be expected to work as part of a multi-laboratory team that includes the Instrument Operations manager, radar hardware mentor, site operations staff, the data quality office, and data product developers. It is expected that the radar data mentor will be supported by one or more data analysts. Travel is expected to several ARM-related meetings each year (<10% of the time). There are also opportunities for engagement with the science community and other ARM staff regarding the development of new data products, measurement strategies, and new measurement capabilities. Though not explicitly part of this position, there will also be opportunities for field work for candidates with skills and interests in that area.

When applying please include the following in a single document:

  • Cover letter describing your research experience and interests;

  • Curriculum vitae with list of publications in refereed journals;

  • Names and addresses of three references.

The hiring level will be determined based on the education, experience and skill set of the successful candidate based on the following:

Level 3 : Selects and develops technical approaches on assignments with occasional oversight on complex problems. Manages small to moderate projects and/or major project tasks. Integrates intellectual and technical capabilities of work teams. Supports scoping, scheduling, and budgeting at a project or major task level.

Level 4 : Selects and develops technical approaches to complex challenges. Leads multiple or significantly complex and/or high-risk projects or tasks and or involving multiple tasks, capabilities and organizations. Develops and realizes new significant project opportunities. Takes lead in scope, schedule, and budget for projects or large tasks.

Minimum Qualifications

BS/BA with 5 years of experience, MS/MA with 3 years of experience, or PhD with 1 year of experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS/BA with 7 years of experience, MS/MA with 5 years of experience, or PhD with 3 years of experience;

  • PhD in electrical engineering, atmospheric science, meteorology, or related field with relevant work experience;

  • Familiar with weather radar

  • Strong data analysis skills

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills;

  • Ability to publish work in peer-reviewed journals;

  • Strong team player with the willingness and ability to work independently.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Atmospher Sci & Global Chg

Opening Date: 2020-12-15

Closing Date: 2021-01-28