Atmospheric Scientist / Physicist
Alexandria, VA 
Posted 4 months ago
Position No Longer Available
Position No Longer Available
Job Description

Applied Research Associates (ARA), Capital Area Division is looking for a talented atmospheric scientist with focused experience in cloud microphysics. The ideal candidate will use applied knowledge to develop, integrate, test, verify, validate, and apply CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high explosive) software/scenarios based on results of experiments and predicted phenomena based on theoretical and computational methods. He/she will work closely with other engineering groups to define the modeling objectives, obtain the required model inputs and outputs, and verify and validate results. Presentation of modeling results and decision support aid to both internal and external customers in the form of written reports and oral presentations are required. Finally, this position requires the ability to critically analyze the work of other engineers performing modeling projects. Shift work is required.

The candidate will also serve as the lead expert for the organization in particle microphysics, working with senior SMEs throughout the company to review existing nucleation, condensation, and agglomeration particle microphysics models, material models and properties, document deficiencies, and devise improvements.

  • Reviewing current research in various and potentially diverse subject areas for familiarity and relevance
  • Becoming familiar with new experiments and resulting data that are relevant to the project and evaluating the overall quality of the presented results
  • Assisting in the development of program plans, timelines, and technical documents related to projects
  • Attending technical and programmatic meetings in which you coordinate responses from scientific community members and review the assembled materials for technical accuracy, consistency, and completeness.
  • Assist developers in devising, implementing, and documenting improved microphysics algorithms for fallout applications


  • Master's degree or higher in atmospheric science or a related discipline, with particular emphasis on cloud microphysics
  • At least 2 years of experience
  • Strong communication skills, technical presentation, teamwork mentality, graphic visualization, and Microsoft Office proficiency skills are required.
  • Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a DoD Secret clearance.


  • PhD in atmospheric science or related discipline, with experience developing cloud microphysics modeling code
  • Experienced running computational codes on high performance computing systems
  • Experience developing scientific codes in C++ and Fortran
  • Candidates with an active DoD security clearance are preferred.


Applied Research Associates, Inc. is an employee-owned international research and engineering company recognized for providing technically superior solutions to complex and challenging problems in the physical sciences. The company, founded in Albuquerque, NM, in 1979, currently employs over 1000 professionals. ARA offices throughout the United States and Canada provide a broad range of technical expertise in defense technologies, civil technologies, computer software and simulation, systems analysis, environmental technologies, and testing and measurement. The corporation also provides sophisticated technical products for environmental site characterization, pavement analysis, and robotics.

At ARA, employees are our greatest assets. The corporation realizes that employee ownership spawns greater creativity and initiative along with higher performance and customer satisfaction levels. ARA gives its employees the tools, training, and opportunities to take more active roles as owners. The culture is challenging; innovation and experimentation are the norm. Employees are eligible for contributions which not only add to the company's success, but also their own through the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). The motto, "Engineering and Science for Fun and Profit" sums up the ARA experience. For additional information and an opportunity to join this unique workplace, please visit our website at .

Please apply at for the Atmospheric Scientist / Physicist position.


Team Player - Works well as a member of a group
Functional Expert - Considered a thought leader on a subject
Detail Oriented - Capable of carrying out a given task with all details necessary to get the task done well
Dedicated - Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity

Self-Starter - Inspired to perform without outside help

Masters of Atmospheric Science (required)

0 - 2 years: Relevant work experience (required)

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


Position No Longer Available
Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Master's Degree
Required Experience
2+ years
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