CIRES/NOAA CSL Atmospheric Chemistry Professional Research Assistant

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Oct 28, 2020
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) encourages applications for an Associate Scientist I (Professional Research Associate) to work on ozone measurements and data analysis. This position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL) in Boulder, Colorado. The selected candidate will work in close cooperation with the CIRES and federal research staff of the Atmospheric Composition and Chemical Processes (ACCP) group of NOAA CSL in maintaining, calibrating, and deploying instruments on airborne platforms for measurement of ozone and other trace gasses and aerosols in the troposphere and lower stratosphere, and analyzing the resulting data. These measurements are important for addressing scientific questions in atmospheric chemistry and physics.
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Who We Are

At CIRES, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership between NOAA and CU Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at the Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing the scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

In the Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL) of the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratories, researchers develop and use instruments to make detailed atmospheric measurements, conduct laboratory experiments, design and execute field missions, analyze observations, and use sophisticated computer models to better understand how our changing atmosphere is influencing climate - and therefore people.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Participate in the maintenance, calibration, and deployment of instruments for measuring ozone and other atmospheric trace species and aerosols.
  • Participate in field missions to make atmospheric composition measurements. Field missions often require a number of consecutive weeks at deployment sites.
  • Prepare and interpret collected data to address scientific questions related to atmospheric processes and climate. This requires analysis of multi-parameter data sets, interaction with other instrument investigators, and the use of models and model results.
  • Present findings at scientific meetings and in manuscripts in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

What You Should Know

  • The position is available for a period of 2 years.
  • This position will be rostered in CIRES at CU Boulder but will be physically situated in the David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305, on a federal research campus. If you are the finalist you will be required to pass a background clearance for site access.

What We Can Offer

CIRES/NOAA provides an engaged and collaborative work environment and the opportunity to contribute to addressing scientific questions of societal relevance. Within the ACCP group, you will be part of an encouraging team with extensive experience and success carrying out atmospheric measurements from the boundary layer to the stratosphere. CIRES offers a competitive salary with a generous and comprehensive benefits package.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits , including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder .

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What We Require

  • B.S./B.A. in chemistry, physics, or engineering field.
  • Experience with the operation, calibration, and maintenance of sophisticated instrumentation in a laboratory or field environment.

What You Will Need

  • Interest in building and using custom instrumentation to make measurements in the atmosphere and analyzing these observations to address atmospheric science questions of modern interest.
  • Excellent writing skills proven by a record of publication in peer-reviewed scientific literature.

What We Would Like You To Have

Experience with data analysis and interpretation for the presentation of scientific results at national or international meetings and in scientific journals.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume or CV.
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. List of contact information for 3 references who will be willing to write a confidential Letter of Recommendation for you.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version (if applicable) as an optional attachment.

For consideration please apply by November 2, 2020 .

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs .

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Joseph Katich, Hiring Supervisor

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