Research Associate for Aerosol Microphysics

Published: 10 June 2020

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Within the Aerosol Chemistry and Microphysics group, one of our science focus areas is light-absorbing aerosols and their direct and semi-direct effects on Earth’s radiation balance. Our research on this topic has involved measurement and analysis of field campaign data, in particular quantifying particulate emissions from wildfires; data acquisition and analysis; and targeted laboratory studies that augment field results. The aerosol optical properties group is seeking a post-doctoral candidate to expand our research into the microphysical, optical, hygroscopic, and cloud-nucleating properties of aerosols, specifically light-absorbing aerosols, and how these properties affect radiation transmission through the atmosphere, including aerosol-cloud interactions. Our laboratory is outfitted with several state-of-the-art instruments that include the Single Particle Soot Photometer (SP2), Centrifugal Particle Mass Analyzer (CPMA), BNL-designed Photothermal Interferometer (PTI) for measurement of light absorption, and Cloud Condensation Nuclei (CCN) counter, along with core aerosol instrumentation such as particle counters, scanning mobility particle sizers, and particle generation devices. Our research environment is energetic, dynamic, highly collaborative, and cutting edge.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Design and conduct laboratory experiments to investigate microphysical, optical, hygroscopic, and cloud-nucleating properties of black carbon-containing particles, and analyze the data collected from these experiments. This will require operating CCN, SP2, CPC, CPMA, PTI, and other instruments, and may also involve off-site work for field testing and campaigns;
  • Publish peer-reviewed articles; and,
  • Present at national and international meetings.
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This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, through the Biological and Environmental Research program as part of the Atmospheric System Research program.