Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Earth Scientist, Warm Boundary Layer Processes Translator in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 309034

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Atmospheric Sciences & Global Change

Group: Atmospheric Measure & Data Science

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is recruiting a scientist who is interested in leading the development of science products for the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) program ( at ). ARM is a Department of Energy scientific user facility whose mission is to make atmospheric measurements of radiation, clouds, aerosols, and precipitation to improve process understanding for the purpose of improving simulations in earth system models. The successful candidate will work with a team of software developers to integrate scientific algorithms into routine operational science products. You will also serve as a science liaison with the atmospheric community to understand scientific needs and help set priorities for ARM.

This position will focus on science products that will help improve understanding of warm low cloud and boundary layer processes using primarily passive radiometric and lidar techniques, but may expand to other types of atmospheric processes as the needs of the community evolve. Opportunity for research in these areas is also possible depending on the candidates interests.

The successful candidate will be expected to prepare technical reports, publish results regarding algorithms and datasets in peer-reviewed literature, and interact and present results at conferences and programmatic meetings.

Minimum Qualifications

BS/BA with 2 years of experience, or MS/MA with 0 years of experience, or PhD with 0 years of experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS/BA with at least 7 years’ experience or a MS/MA with 5 years’ experience or a PhD with 2 years’ experience

  • Masters or Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, physics, or related field

  • At least 5-years experience in a research related discipline with increasing level of responsibility

  • Experience with passive and/or active remote sensing instrumentation and retrieval algorithms

  • Experience analyzing observational data related to boundary layer processes and/or clouds

  • Experience with computational environments (Linux/Unix), computer languages (Fortran, Python, etc.), and analysis tools (R, NCL, Matlab, IDL, etc.) usually used for atmospheric data analysis and modeling

  • Experience working in a team environment

  • Strong oral and written communication skills

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

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Scientists/Scientific Support

Group: Atmospheric Measur & Data Sci

Opening Date: 2019-03-04

Closing Date: 2019-04-17