The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
(CIRES) is seeking an Associate Scientist, a Post-Doctoral
Associate, or a Research Scientist to join the Chemical Sciences
Laboratory (CSL), located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) in Boulder, Colorado. This position entails
working in close cooperation with the research staff of CIRES and
NOAA CSL to advance and extend NOAA’s “NightFOX” ( https://csl.noaa.gov/projects/firex-aq/nightfox/
) effort to measure and map fire radiative power (FRP) of wildfires
using small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). NightFOX measurements
are important for strengthening the connection between
satellite-measured FRP and fire emissions and behavior. The
selected candidate will improve existing custom instrumentation for
the measurements, coordinate deployments to fire locations, travel
to support observations, analyze data, and publish scientific
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
The Cooperative Institute for Research in
Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
is an internationally recognized
leader in innovative environmental science and research and is
located at the University of Colorado Boulder. At CIRES, more than
800 environmental science professionals work to understand the
dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the
planet. CIRES has partnered with NOAA since 1967, and our areas of
expertise include weather and climate, changes at Earth’s poles,
air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, solid Earth
sciences, and more. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a
sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal
understanding of the Earth system.
The mission of the NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory
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
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
For All Applicants:
Additional responsibilities for Research Scientists:
- Optimize, calibrate and operate the NightFOX remote sensing
payload (see https://www.mdpi.com/1424-8220/23/7/3514
); Improve data reduction software.
- Participate in remote field deployments to carry out NightFOX
observations, most likely only in the US.
- Develop collaborations with other agencies involved in fire
science measurements to identify observation opportunities.
- Quality assure and publish finalized data for further
scientific analysis and manuscript preparation.
What You Should Know
- Identify important research questions and prepare and interpret
scientific data to address them.
- Take the lead on the design of novel research
- Potentially act as a supervisor for more junior
- Outreach, education, and service activities are also important
components of a Research Scientist’s effort.
What We Can Offer
- The position is available for a period of 3 years.
- This position will be administered by CIRES at the University
of Colorado Boulder, but will be physically situated in the David
Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305, a federal
- If you are selected for this position you may be required to
pass a federal laboratory background clearance for site access.
Non-US citizens without green cards may have limited building
access, and require an escort in the building.
- Contact Dr. Ru-Shan Gao (email@example.com) of CIRES for
further information concerning this position.
- This appointment will be at the Professional Research Assistant
(Associate Scientist), Post-Doctoral Associate, or Research
Associate (Research Scientist) level based on the candidate’s
degree, interests, experience and skills. Post-Doctoral and
Research Scientist appointments require a PhD degree.
- CIRES offers a generous compensation package.
- The annual hiring salary range for this position is $53,000-
$90,000 for Associate Scientists, $64,000 - $68,000 for
Post-Doctoral Associates, and $68,000 - $90,000 for Research
Scientists. Salary is commensurate with education and years of
experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track
- Relocation funds are available for this role following CIRES
and the University of Colorado Boulder’s rules and regulations for
- CIRES and the University of Colorado Boulder offer a robust
training curriculum, opportunities for professional development and
a Mentorship Program.
- 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 one of the top places to live in the U.S. by
- As an employee at CU Boulder, you receive a pass allowing free
access to the regional public transit system
, which is an outstanding network of buses and light rail systems
that provide service within Boulder and connect to Denver, the
Denver airport, and surrounding communities.
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
Be ambitious. Be groundbreaking. Be Boulder.
What We Require
For All Applicants:
Additional requirements for Research Scientists:
- Professional Research Assistant (Associate Scientist)
appointments require a BS, MS, or PhD in physics, engineering,
atmospheric science, or a related field.
- Please note that candidates with a Bachelor’s level education
require at least one year of directly relevant experience.
- Post-Doctoral and Research Scientist appointments require a PhD
in physics, engineering, atmospheric science, or related
- A valid driver’s license.
- Ability to perform required duties associated with field
deployments of up to several weeks per year in support of NightFox
What You Will Need
- At least 1 year of post-doctoral research.
- Proven capability for self-guided, motivated, and original
Candidates will be assessed on:
What We Would Like You to Have
- Experience with the operation of research grade instrumentation
in a laboratory or field setting.
- Capability to guide interactions with external agencies to
enable research opportunities.
- Programming/analysis skills for interpreting/processing raw
- Ability to work well with other researchers and support staff
in a diverse and collaborative research environment.
We invite applicants to apply even if they do not have the
preferred skills and experience outlined in this section. If you
meet the minimum qualifications and have passion for the work, you
are encouraged to apply. We encourage on-the-job training for any
additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the
- Experience with instrument design and fabrication.
- Experience with optics and optical sensors.
- Excellent communication skills.
- Enthusiasm for working in a collaborative research
Please include the following materials with your application:
- CV or resume.
- Cover letter addressed to the Hiring Committee describing your
qualifications and specific interest in this position.
- If you are selected as a finalist, we will ask you to contact 5
professional references (including 2 supervisors/professors) and
ask them to complete a SkillSurvey questionnaire on your behalf.
SkillSurvey is an online automated reference check solution. This
information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the
search committee members.
Also, 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.
This position will remain posted until finalists have been
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For
consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.
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