Work Within ARM: Apply Now for Radar Data Mentor Position

Published: 16 February 2021
Radars for COMBLE campaign in Norway
ARM radars operated in northern Norway during the 2019–2020 Cold-Air Outbreaks in the Marine Boundary Layer Experiment (COMBLE). Applications are now being accepted for an ARM radar data mentor position, responsible for leading the characterization and processing of ARM radar measurements. Photo is by Stephen Springston, Brookhaven National Laboratory.

The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Washington state seeks a scientist to serve as the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility’s radar data mentor.

Applications are now due by the scheduled closing date of February 27, 2021.

The radar data mentor will serve a critical function within ARM by leading the characterization and processing of ARM radar measurements. The radar data mentor is expected to have experience with meteorological radar systems and the analysis of measurements collected from these systems.

It is expected that the successful candidate will have experience with unprocessed radar data, including radar reflectivity, polarimetric parameters, and Doppler spectra.

The radar data mentor will be the primary point of contact within ARM for issues related to the characterization and processing of radar measurements and will lead the future development of ARM radar measurement strategies, including operations and new instrumentation.

The responsibilities of the radar data mentor position include:

  • developing and applying strategies, in partnership with the ARM radar hardware engineering team and other ARM staff, for radar calibration and the application of complementary field measurements to constrain radar measurements
  • analyzing radar measurements to assess instrument performance and identify and diagnose performance issues
  • developing diagnostic software tools to aid in the identification of radar performance issues
  • overseeing the processing of radar data to standard ARM format and a well-characterized state using a consistent methodology across the ARM radar network to minimize uncertainty in radar reflectivity and other parameters
  • communicating radar status and performance issues to ARM staff and the science community
  • providing assessments and recommendations to ARM management regarding near-term and long-term radar operations planning.

The radar data mentor will be expected to work as part of a multi-laboratory team that includes the instrument operations manager, radar hardware mentor, site operations staff, the ARM Data Quality Office, and data product developers. It is expected that the radar data mentor will be supported by one or more data analysts.

Travel is expected to several ARM-related meetings each year (<10% of the time). There are also opportunities for engagement with the science community and other ARM staff regarding the development of new data products, measurement strategies, and new measurement capabilities.

Though not explicitly part of this position, there will also be opportunities for fieldwork for candidates with skills and interests in that area.

For more information about the position, including job qualifications and how to apply, please see the posting on the PNNL Careers website.

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ARM is a DOE Office of Science user facility operated by nine DOE national laboratories.