CIRES/ NOAA CSL Stratospheric Data Analysis Research Scientist

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Feb 02, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at CU Boulder encourages applications for a Research Scientist within the Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL) of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratories (ESRL) in Boulder, Colorado. The researcher will work alongside federal and university employees to assess the global impact of past and potential future anthropogenic perturbations to the stratosphere (e.g., due to ozone depleting substances), as well as the processes controlling variability of stratospheric water vapor and ozone from interannual to decadal time scales. The researcher will be involved in extending and enhancing an existing long-term satellite data record of stratospheric ozone and water vapor maintained by CSL, and using this record to pursue relevant scientific topics of interest.

We seek an individual with demonstrated expertise in the analysis and interpretation of satellite atmospheric composition measurements and chemistry-climate models. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in data and statistical analysis techniques, scientific programming in languages such as IDL and Python, and Unix computing environments. Familiarity with stratospheric processes controlling ozone and water vapor as well as connections between the stratosphere and troposphere is beneficial. The ability to work well with other researchers and support staff in a collaborative research environment is essential. The applicant should have experience both in writing papers for the peer-reviewed literature and presenting his/her research at scientific meetings. A Ph.D. in the field of atmospheric science, environmental science, chemistry, physics, or the equivalent is required.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado 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.

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What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
  • Evaluate and implement new data sources, uncertainty quantification methods, and merging techniques for improving an existing long-term stratospheric composition data set.
  • Assess sub-seasonal to decadal stratospheric water vapor and ozone variability in relation to tropospheric and stratospheric processes using a variety of data from satellites, in situ measurements, and model output.
  • Summarize results in scientific manuscripts and conference presentations.

What You Should Know
  • This position will be rostered in CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder but will be physically situated in the David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305.
  • If you are the selected finalist you will be required to pass a federal laboratory background clearance for site access.

What We Can Offer
  • We can offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.
  • The annual hiring salary range for this Research Associate/Research Scientist I position is $60,000- $67,000.
  • Relocation expenses are available for this position following CIRES and the University of Colorado’s relocation processes and procedures.


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What We Require
  • Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences or a related field.
  • Programming experience.
  • Proven knowledge of large-scale atmospheric dynamics.
  • Background in data analysis and statistics.
  • Experience in manipulating large datasets (including model output).

What You Will Need
  • Excellent organizational skills and logical thinking ability.
  • Ability to work as a team member in data analysis and interpretation of results.
  • Proven track record writing scientific journal articles and giving conference presentations.

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. You don’t need to include letters of recommendation with your initial application. The search committee will request letters of recommendation at a later time If you are identified as a finalist for this role.

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 as an optional attachment.

Applications received by March 31, 2021 will receive highest consideration. The position will be open until filled.

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: Claire Granier

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