The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
(CIRES) is seeking a Post-Doctoral Associate to support a new,
NOAA-funded, research project. This project will use long-term
measurements from NOAA’s Global Monitoring Laboratory's (GML)
Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network, NOAA aircraft campaigns,
and TROPOMI satellite greenhouse gas measurements to fully quantify
the impact of COVID-19 on US non-CO2 Greenhouse Gas emissions. This
project team is composed of scientists from NOAA/GML, NOAA/CSL, the
US EPA, and a research group from John’s Hopkins University. This
Post-Doctoral Associate will work closely with project team members
to ensure the progress and success of this project. Specifically,
they will conduct HYSPLIT transport simulations to generate
footprints for the atmospheric measurements mentioned above to
support in-situ and satellite inversion analyses. They will also
analyze the atmospheric measurements and emission results from
atmospheric inverse modeling and US GHG inventories to quantify the
COVID-19 impacts. We will also expect the selected candidate to
summarize these scientific findings, present them to other project
team members and in scientific conferences, and publish them in
This position duration is for two years, with the possibility of
extension based on performance and the availability of
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 scientific and societal understanding of the Earth
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What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
What You Should Know
- Learn to conduct HYSPLIT transport simulations using NOAA
supercomputers and parallelize these processes to increase
- Analyze atmospheric trace gas measurements and emissions
derived from atmospheric inverse modeling and inventory methods for
quantifying COVID-19 on US national and regional non-CO2 greenhouse
- Discuss progress regularly with other project members.
- Present key research findings at national and international
- Publish results in peer-reviewed journals.
What We Can Offer
- This is a 2-year position with the possibility of extension
based on performance and the availability of funding.
- 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.
- CIRES can offer a generous compensation package. Salary is
commensurate with education and experience and determined based on
our CIRES internal career track classification.
- The annual hiring salary range for this position is $58,000 -
- Relocation funds are available for this position following
CIRES's and the University of Colorado’s relocation processes and
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits
, including medical, dental,
retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The
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What We Require
What You Will Need
- Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences, oceanography, environmental
sciences, geosciences, chemistry, statistics, data sciences,
computer sciences or other quantitative science or engineering
- Demonstrated ability to conduct data analyses and communicate
results to the scientific community via peer-reviewed publications
- Proficiency in computer programming in python or MATLAB.
What We Would Like You To Have
- Familiarity with Linux environment and basic Linux line
- Proven ability to work independently and in a team.
- Atmospheric transport modeling.
- Processing and analyzing atmospheric trace gas data from in
situ or satellite measurements.
- An understanding of emission inventories.
- Knowledge of inverse modeling.
- Parallel computing.
- Experience with supercomputing.
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- Resume or CV
- Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly
describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific
interest in this position.
- 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
The position will be open until filled. Applications will be
screened as they are received.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For
consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs
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