Aerosol Measurement Specialist


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 Environmental System 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.

Within the department, the Aerosol Processes Group is focused on improving process-level understanding of aerosol formation and evolution mechanisms, aerosol optical properties, and the influence that aerosols have on clouds formation, lifetime, precipitation. Understanding the physics, chemistry, and dynamics of interactions along this aerosol-cloud-precipitation continuum is crucial for development of a predictive understanding of the climate system. As part of this overarching research goal, the AP group is responsible for operating the DOE ARM User Facility’s Aerosol Observing System (AOS). These observatories contain a suite of instruments that measure various properties of aerosols and related trace gases.

To assure acquisition of the highest quality AOS measurements, BNL has established the Center for Aerosol Measurement Science (CAMS) – a dedicated laboratory for data quality assurance in atmospheric aerosol measurements through traceable calibration standards.