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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Post Doctorate RA - Measurement/Analysis of Atmospheric Aerosols in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 310517

Directorate: Earth & Biologica Sciences

Division: Atmospheric Science & Global Change

Group: Atmospheric Science & Technology

Job Description

The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks a motivated postdoctoral research associate that will contribute to our Integrated Cloud, Land-surface, and Aerosol System Study (ICLASS) project team supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Atmospheric System Research (ASR) program (see for more information). The selected candidate is expected to discover new scientific insights on processes influencing the formation, growth, and fate of secondary organic aerosols using laboratory chamber experiments and field measurements. This information will be used by other team members to develop new model treatments of key processes. We also expect the candidate to define their own research objectives and strategy.

The candidate should have demonstrated expertise in collecting and analyzing measurements from mass spectrometer instruments (e.g. AMS) and other instruments that characterize particle chemical properties. The candidate should also have an interest in developing instruments with enhanced capabilities of measuring aerosol properties and their precursors.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have received a PhD within the past five years (60 months) or within the next 8 months from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with a range of aerosol instruments in either a laboratory or field setting

  • Strong understanding of atmospheric chemistry and aerosol processes

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

  • Ability to work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams as well as ability to independently pursue original ideas and new directions

  • Interest in contributing to an active intellectual environment

  • Ability to think critically and develop and test hypotheses using a combination of measurements and models.

  • Demonstrated record of publications in peer reviewed journals

  • Experience in performing chemical analysis on aerosols and hands-on experience in running instruments

  • Experience running mass spectrometers, AMS, CIMS, or PTR-MS preferred.

  • Understanding of secondary organic aerosol formation chemistry

  • Experience in running laboratory chamber experiments.

  • Experience with computer languages usually used in atmospheric science (e.g., Python, Matlab, Igor)

A Ph.D. in Chemistry or Atmospheric Science

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 participation in certain foreign government talent recruitment programs. If you are offered a position at PNNL and are currently a participant in a foreign government talent recruitment program you will be required to disclose this information before your first day of employment.

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Job Category: Post-Graduates and Post-Docs

Group: Atmospheric Science & Technlgy

Opening Date: 2020-02-17

Closing Date: 2020-04-02