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CIRES/ NOAA CSL On-call Senior Consultant

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Jul 29, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Geology & Earth Sciences, Other Science & Technology, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at CU Boulder encourages applications for a Research Associate Senior Consultant within NOAA’s Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL) in Boulder, Colorado. The successful candidate will work in the Directorate area of CSL, along with federal and university employees engaged in cutting edge atmospheric research.

CSL has a collaborative lab culture, and we are looking for a candidate who actively subscribes to this philosophy. Successful candidates will demonstrate competency and sensitivity in working in a diverse community.

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.

The mission of the NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL) is to advance scientific understanding of the chemical and physical processes that affect Earth’s atmospheric composition. CSL’s vision is a nation that has the needed scientific understanding and information about atmospheric composition to make optimal decisions for the well-being of current and future generations.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Serve as a senior consultant to the CSL Director’s Office on the following topics:

  1. Research planning and coordination
  2. Facilities Management
  3. Agreements pertaining to field work and other research
  4. Technology transfer and intellectual property
  5. Safety requirements
  6. Purchasing
  7. Property management
  8. Other areas as specified

These duties do not require a full-time employee, but selected employee must have flexible work hours since work load will vary. Some travel is anticipated.

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.
  • Boulder is a vibrant community with access to mountain parks, dog parks, miles of trails, rivers, lakes, cafes, restaurants, boutiques, theaters, museums, and sports venues. Boulder was recently ranked as the top place to live in the U.S by U.S News.
  • Boulder is located just 20 miles from Denver, which is a large, diverse city ranked #2 in the Best Places to Live in the U.S by U.S News.
  • As an employee at CU Boulder, the ECO Pass benefit mentioned below allows you to have free access to the public transit system, which is a phenomenal network of buses and light rails that connect Boulder, Denver, the Denver airport, and surrounding communities.

What We Can Offer

  • This position will be filled at the Senior Research Scientist career track level.
  • The salary range for this hourly, on-call position is $75-$85 per hour.
  • No relocation assistance is available for this position.


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

  • PhD in Chemistry, or a closely related field.

What You Will Need

  • Organization and management of a Federal research laboratory
  • Federal regulations related to accountable, sensitive, and real property
  • OSHA, Colorado state, and local regulations related to chemical laboratory safety
  • Federal requirements and procedures for executing agreements
  • Planning and effective execution of field research investigations
  • Ideally, the selected employee will have familiarity with research currently conducted by CSL, although this is not a requirement.

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 professional references who may be contacted on your behalf. If you are identified as a finalist for this role, the search committee will request one letter of recommendation for your application file at a later time.

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.

Please apply by 8/2/21 for consideration.

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: Chris Senff

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