[ES_JOBS_NET] Postdoc, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Aerosols and Greenhouse Gases

Allison Aiken allison.aiken at gmail.com
Wed Nov 28 14:38:23 MST 2018

Dear all –

It is my pleasure to bring to your attention a postdoctoral opportunity at
Los Alamos National Laboratory.  We are looking for an aerosol
experimentalist to join us in laboratory and field studies with a focus on
measurements of aerosol optical and chemical properties to parameterize
aerosol processes.  Previous experience with aerosol mass spectrometry
(AMS) is a plus.  Please see the job ad below for further information and
the provided link to apply.




Allison C. Aiken, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Earth Systems Observations (EES-14)

Los Alamos National Laboratory

P.O. Box 1663, MS J535

Los Alamos, NM 87545

P: (505) 665-6597


Postdoc in Experimental Atmospheric Aerosol and Greenhouse Gas Process
Research in Los Alamos, New Mexico

What You Will Do

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Division (EES) at the Los Alamos
National Laboratory (LANL) seeks outstanding postdoctoral candidates to
perform world-class experimental atmospheric aerosol and greenhouse gas
research in an interdisciplinary environment to solve problems in climate,
energy, air pollution and national security. The candidate will be part of
the Center for Aerosol-gas Forensic Experiments (CAFÉ) with state of the
art aerosol chemistry, microphysics and optical property instrumentation:
soot particle high resolution aerosol mass spectrometer (SP-AMS), single
particle soot photometer (SP2), multiple wavelength Photoacoustic Soot
Spectrometers (PASS: 375, 405, 532, 781 nm), Humidified Cavity Attenuated
Phase Shift Particle Extinctiometer (CAPS PMex), laser aerosol sizer,
scanning mobility particle sizer, centrifugal particle mass analyzer
(CPMA), and potential aerosol monitor (PAM). Trace gas capabilities include
laser based and isotope specific instruments (Picarros-CO2, CO, 13CH4, HOD,
Aerodyne-N2O isotope and Aeris-CH4, C2H6) and solar spectrometers for
regional scale trace gas monitoring (Bruker 125HR and EM27-SUN, and
Pandora). The candidate is expected to sustain the strong scientific
synergy with our field campaigns for DOE’s Atmospheric Radiation Monitoring
(ARM) program, aerosol process research for DOE’s Atmospheric Systems
Research (ASR) program and regional greenhouse gas monitoring as part of
our international Total Column Carbon Observing Network (TCCON)

The candidate will design and conduct laboratory and field studies focused
on biomass burning, fossil combustion and/or explosion processes and
signatures for climate science and chemical forensics. Collaborations with
fire and explosion dynamics modeling groups in EES, particularly using
measurements to improve treatments of the fate, transport, and climate
effects of mixed light absorbing aerosols are expected. There will be
opportunities to participate in DOE aerosol field campaigns and for
regional greenhouse gas flux verification. There are also opportunities for
sub grid process scaling using satellite data. For further information
contact Manvendra Dubey (*Dubey at lanl.gov <Dubey at lanl.gov>*) and/or Allison
Aiken (*aikenac at lanl.gov <aikenac at lanl.gov>*)

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:


   Demonstrated experience in real-time laboratory and field atmospheric
   measurements, particularly of aerosol processes.

   Demonstrated ability to integrate large field data sets with models to
   gain process level understanding of aerosols and trace gas signatures of
   sources and processes.

   Self-motivated with a strong background in atmospheric chemistry,
   aerosol analysis, in situ and remote sensing, field and laboratory
   experiments and simulations. Some combination of these is preferred.

   Excellent communication and language skills, as evidenced by
   publications, presentations, and the cover letter.

   Proven ability to work effectively in a collaborative,
   multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary scientific environment.

   Existing knowledge or willingness to understand energy, environmental,
   and national security applications.

   Research aimed at improving understanding of aerosol and carbon cycle
   processes for climate science is open to all qualified applicants. Research
   in explosion forensics requires Q clearance that normally requires US

Desired Skills:


   Programming experience with merging, analyzing and synthesizing large
   data (Igor, Python, Fortran, Java, C/C++, R, and/or MatLab).

   Operating state-of-the art aerosol & gas instruments in the field or

   Record of collaborative research with modelers and writing proposals.

   Experience synthesizing results of large data sets and analysis using
   process or chemical transport modeling (WRF-Chem, GEOS-Chem,

Education:A Ph.D. in Atmospheric Chemistry, Physics, Civil or Chemical
Engineering, Remote Sensing or a related field. The candidate must have
completed all Ph.D. requirements by commencement of the appointment and be
within five years of completion of the Ph.D. Candidates may also have
previous experience including postdoctoral experience.

Notes to Applicants:

Additional Details:

Position does not require a security clearance. Selected candidates will be
subject to drug testing and other pre-employment background checks.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to
complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy
that includes random drug testing.

Candidates may be considered for a Director's Postdoc Fellowship and
outstanding candidates may be considered for the prestigious Richard P.
Feynman, Darleane Christian Hoffman, J. Robert Oppenheimer, or Frederick
Reines Distinguished Postdoc Fellowships.

For general information go to Postdoc Program.

Equal Opportunity:

Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and
supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are
based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national
origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation
or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental
disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran,
genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal
laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our
workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide
reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in
the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation,
please send an email to applyhelp at lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.
Where You Will Work_

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a
multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on
behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring
the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing
technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and
solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health,
and global security concerns.

*Location:* Los Alamos, NM, US

*Organization Name:* EES-14/Earth System Observations

*Job Title:* Postdoc in Experimental Atmospheric Aerosol and Greenhouse Gas
Process Research

*Appointment Type:* Postdoc

*Req ID:* IRC69563
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