Weather Radar Scientist (ARM-related)


4 November 2022 - 3 December 2022

The Department of Energy Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) facility operates and maintains a network of fixed and mobile atmospheric observatories providing data to the atmospheric research community ( ARM observatories include a broad array of instrumentation including radars, lidars, radiometers, and meteorological sensors. The candidate will become a member of a team of scientists, engineers, and technicians responsible for characterizing and processing data from precipitation and cloud radars deployed around the world to ensure the data are research quality to meet the needs of the scientific community.

The Atmospheric Sciences and Global Change Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) seeks a radar data expert to serve a critical function within ARM. This position will report to the lead radar data mentor and work closely with the radar hardware engineering team and other ARM staff such as site operations staff, the data quality office, and data product developers.  Travel is expected to several ARM-related meetings each year (<10% of the time).


The Weather Radar Scientist will characterize and process the ARM radar measurements. The primary goal of this work is to advance the utility of the ARM radar data for scientific applications.  The weather radar scientist is expected to have experience with weather radar systems and the analysis of radar measurements.  The responsibilities of the weather radar scientist position include:

  • Analyze radar calibration measurements with the ARM radar hardware engineering team and other ARM staff.
  • Analyze radar measurements to evaluate instrument performance and to identify data quality issues.
  • Develop diagnostic tools and methodologies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of calibration and measurement analyses.
  • Quantify radar measurement uncertainty in radar reflectivity and other parameters.
  • Communicate radar status and performance issues to ARM staff and the science community.