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Atmospheric Remote Sensing-Postdoctoral Researcher

Entry Level | Full-time
Physical Life Sciences | livermore, CA | 01/11/2024

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Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Pay Range

$108,840 Annually

Job Description

We are excited to offer an opportunity for a Postdoctoral Researcher to conduct research in atmospheric observations for a variety of applications in one of the following areas: satellite measurements, radar meteorology, satellite retrieval algorithms.  Research projects require diverse skills in atmospheric remote sensing, which often requires development of atmospheric simulation codes for improved performance. Familiarity with remote sensing small-scale phenomena like turbulence and cloud microphysics is desired.  You will work with a multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, programmers, and project managers to analyze satellite data, apply new modeling capabilities, and validate atmospheric simulations. 

This position is in the Atmospheric, Earth & Energy Division, Atmospheric Science Research and Applications Group.

In this role you will 

  • Conduct creative research in the field of atmospheric remote sensing.
  • Develop, validate, and apply algorithms to retrieve atmospheric or weather dynamics.
  • Analyze model and observational datasets relevant to climate and weather.
  • Document research by publishing papers in peer-reviewed journals and present technical results at scientific conferences.
  • Collaborate with others in a multidisciplinary team environment to accomplish research goals.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 


  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. Citizenship.
  • PhD in atmospheric science, mechanical, civil or environmental engineering, computational science, or a closely related field.
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: atmospheric science, atmospheric remote sensing, stratospheric turbulence, cloud microphysics, atmospheric gravity waves, atmospheric chemistry, aerosol science, or satellite data analysis.
  • Familiarity with programming languages such as Fortran, Python, or MATLAB.
  • Experience with high performance computing or interest in learning this skill.
  • Experience conducting research in atmospheric science, engineering, or a closely related field.
  • Travel as required to collaborate with researchers or attend meetings and conferences. 
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills, as evidenced by published results and presentations. 

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience developing retrieval algorithms.
  • Familiarity with atmospheric science including theory, observations, modeling.
  • Familiarity with uncertainty quantification, ensembles, and statistical analysis.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Position Information

This is a Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years.  Eligible candidates are those who have been awarded a PhD at time of hire date.


Position Information

This is a Postdoctoral appointment with the possibility of extension to a maximum of three years, open to those who have been awarded a PhD at time of hire date.

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

Security Clearance

This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.  If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. Also, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship. 

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position must pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

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