New York Hire Now

Job Information

Brookhaven National Laboratory Postdoctoral Research Associate - Environmental Sciences in Upton, New York

Postdoctoral Research Associate - Environmental Sciences

  • Job ID #: 2704

  • Position Type: Full Time - Post Doc

  • FLSA: Exempt

  • Job Category: Postdoctoral Res Assoc/Fellows

  • Department: EECP-EE Cloud Process

Email a Friend Save SaveApply Now

Why Work at BNL?

Brookhaven National Laboratory ( 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.

Organizational Overview

The Environmental & Climate Sciences Department ( at Brookhaven National Laboratory focuses on a wide range of theoretical, experimental, and field studies in support of the U.S. Department of Energy's climate and energy research agendas. Work is supported by the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) User Facility (, an observations-based program that measures aerosols, clouds, precipitation, radiation, and atmospheric dynamics; the Atmospheric Systems Research Program; and the Terrestrial Ecosystems Science Program. This work is pursued with the ultimate goal of improving predictability and reducing the uncertainty in global and regional climate models. The department research portfolio also includes development of environmental technologies and applications for renewable energies, urban science, and national security.

The Cloud Processes Group within the Environmental & Climate Sciences Department seeks to gain improved understanding--through remote sensing, process-level theory and analysis, and modeling studies--of the microphysical and dynamical processes that impact the lifecycle of clouds to improve their representation in climate models and increase our ability to understand and project global change. We are also interested in applying our expertise to address energy needs, such as solar energy forecasts and quantification of storm impacts on utility outages for improvement of grid resiliency and restoration.

Position Description

The Cloud Processes Group ( has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate. The successful candidate will work with a team of scientists at BNL and partner institutionson understanding deep convective processes and aerosol-convection interactions. The candidate will have a strong interest in the use of observational datasets for the study of deep convective clouds. This position has a high level of interaction with an international and multicultural scientific community.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities :

  • Examine the processes that drive the lifecycle of deep convective clouds using observations and/or modeling

  • Determine the physical reasons and pathways for environment/aerosol-convection interactions

  • Publish and present research results at national and international venues.

    Position Requirements

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities :

  • Ph.D. in meteorology, atmospheric science, or a closely related field

  • Demonstrated experience in understanding processes that control clouds and/or aerosol-cloud interactions

  • Clear and concise verbal and written communication and collaboration skills

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Experience with remote sensing instrumentation for clouds and precipitation (e.g., cloud radar, passive or active satellite sensors)

  • Experience with machine learning techniques

  • Experience with atmospheric modeling at LES or cloud-resolving scales

  • Strong programming skills, such as a familiarity with data analysis software (e.g., Python, IDL, MATLAB, R, FORTRAN)


  • BNL policy requires that research associate appointments be made to individuals who have received their doctorate within the past five years.

  • Review of applications begins immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

  • The initial appointment will be one year, subject to renewal contingent on funding and satisfactory performance.

  • Research will be under the direction of Dr. Dié Wang.

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:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans

  • Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave)

  • 401(k) Plan

  • Flexible Work Arrangements

  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs

  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation: Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Ping Pong, Softball, Tennis)

    Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab. We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

*VEVRAA Federal Contractor