Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Why Work at BNL?
Brookhaven National Laboratory (www.bnl.gov) delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation's future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department;of Energy's (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University.
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.
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.
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
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:
Paid Parental Leave
Swimming Pool, Weight Room, Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits
Brookhaven National Laboratory is a multipurpose research institution funded primarily by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Located on the center of Long Island, New York, Brookhaven Lab brings world-class facilities and expertise to the most exciting and important questions in basic and applied science—from the birth of our universe to the sustainable energy technology of tomorrow. We operate cutting-edge large-scale facilities for studies in physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, applied science, and a wide range of advanced technologies. The Laboratory's almost 3,000 scientists, engineers, and support staff are joined each year by more than 4,000 visiting researchers from around the world. Our award-winning history, including seven Nobel Prizes, stretches back to 1947, and we continue to unravel mysteries from the nanoscale to the cosmic scale, and everything in between. Brookhaven is operated and managed by Brookhaven Science Associates, which was founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, and Battelle, a nonprofit applied science and technology organization.