Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Research Scientist - Boundary Layers and Lidar in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308903

Directorate: Earth & Biological Sciences

Division: Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change

Group: Atmospheric Measurement and Data Sciences

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is recruiting an early career scientist interested in developing new scientific insights into complex terrain and marine atmospheric boundary layers for applications to wind energy. You will be expected to work as part of a team of scientists investigating boundary layer structure and dynamics that drive wind and turbulence fields encountered by wind turbines. Specifically, you will be expected to understand and manipulate profiling and scanning Doppler lidar data from the system spectral level to derived quantities such as wind fields. You will also be expected to incorporate lidar data into more general analyses of the boundary layer data including the structure of turbulence using data from eddy correlation systems, the surface energy balance and other land–surface or air-sea interactions, and the validation of new parameterizations for mesoscale and microscale atmospheric models.

An ability to understand lidars at the system level is critical as is a solid understanding of atmospheric turbulence and boundary layer meteorology. Experience in using mesoscale and microscale models such as WRF and WRF-LES is desirable as is demonstrated experience in carrying out research in complex terrain or over the ocean. In collaboration with others on the team, you may also contribute to the development of new theoretical concepts and parameterizations for the boundary layer, including the impacts of clouds and atmosphere-surface interactions.

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

  • PhD plus 2 years’ experience.

  • Experience with field deployment and analysis of data from Doppler lidars

  • Experience with techniques of computation of statistical turbulence variables using the eddy correlation technique

  • Familiarity with a broad spectrum of boundary layer measurement systems including Doppler radars, rawinsondes, energy balance stations, and radiation measurements.

  • Experience in the use of observations to validate numerical models.

  • 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

  • Strong 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: 2019-02-05

Closing Date: 2019-02-19