Weather Radar Engineer—Mid-Career (ARM-related)


9 August 2022 - 21 September 2022

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is expanding its support of the Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM radar program. The ARM Program operates and maintains of a network of fixed and mobile sites providing data to the climate research community. ARM sites include a broad array of instrumentation including radars, lidars, radiometers, and meteorological sensors. The candidate will become a member of a team of engineers and technicians responsible for the operations and maintenance of microwave and millimeter wavelength radars deployed around world, ensuring the data output is calibrated and of research quality for the scientific community.

The successful candidate has the ability to troubleshoot complex systems that include RF and electronic components and electromechanical systems, advance the design of radar systems, and has general engineering experience. Day-to-day duties involve the installation, repair, upgrade, calibration, maintenance, and operational assessment of the radars in the global ARM radar network. The candidate will also support the implementation of new radar systems, calibration techniques, and signal processing applications. The candidate will work with team members that span a broad area of expertise, including engineers, scientists, and technicians. The candidate must be self-motivated, able to work with little supervision, take initiative to complete projects, engage with diverse stakeholders, and flexible to adapt to changing project needs. The position involves periodic travel (25-30%) to ARM sites in the US and around the world.

The preferred candidate will have skills in one or more of the following areas:

  • Design, develop, assemble, and test radar systems
  • Perform system analysis, simulation, and modeling
  • Design responsibilities may include RF system, power system management, antenna servo system, cooling, and signal processing architectures
  • Radar or RF systems at millimeter wave frequencies (microwave electronics and techniques)
  • Electromagnetic fundamentals: waveform propagation, antenna theory, scatter theory
  • Signal and data processing techniques
  • Data analysis to evaluate system performance
  • Troubleshooting and testing electronic/microwave systems