ARM Seeks Lead Mentor for Ice-Nucleating Particle Analysis

Published: 10 January 2020

The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility is seeking an instrument lead mentor (technical lead) for the collection and processing of aerosol filter samples to obtain distributions of ice-nucleating particles (INPs) at ARM observatories. ARM has supported the collection and analysis of aerosol particles to obtain INP number distributions on an as-requested basis for past ARM field campaigns. Going forward, ARM seeks to collect and analyze filter samples using a more coordinated approach.

ARM currently operates more than 400 instrument systems that provide ground-based observations of the atmospheric column. To keep ARM at the forefront of climate observations, the ARM infrastructure depends heavily on instrument scientists and engineers, also known as instrument mentors. Instrument mentors must have an excellent understanding of in situ and remote-sensing instrumentation theory and operation, as well as comprehensive knowledge of critical scale-dependent atmospheric processes. They also must possess the technical and analytical skills to develop new data retrievals that provide innovative approaches for creating research-quality data sets.

The instrument lead for INP analysis will be responsible for the following:

  • developing the technical specifications for filter measurements, storage, and processing
  • developing procedures for routine operations (e.g., daily rounds and maintenance)
  • managing instrument repairs
  • assessing instrument status and data quality
  • working with the ARM Data Quality (DQ) Office and users to identify and resolve data quality problems
  • utilizing ARM-wide administrative and business procedures and practices.

All interested candidates should email ARM Instrument Operations Manager Adam Theisen and include a CV and a technical proposal that addresses the requirements in the accompanying job description. The deadline for applications is extended to March 2, 2020.