The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
(CIRES) is seeking a highly motivated Research and Development
Scientist to join the Atmospheric Composition
and Chemical Processes (ACCP) group of the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Chemical Sciences Laboratory
in Boulder, Colorado. This scientist will conduct
research to understand the chemistry and composition of the upper
troposphere and lower stratosphere, through in-situ measurements of
reactive trace gasses using a custom-built stratospheric chemical ionization
time-of-flight mass spectrometer (StratCIMS)
. The StratCIMS
will be deployed on the NASA WB-57 high altitude aircraft in a
mission planned for summer 2024 as part of the SABRE
The Post-Doctoral Associate or Research Scientist will participate
in all aspects of performing measurements on airborne platforms
including instrument maintenance, improvements, integration,
calibration, operation, and data-reduction. Primary research themes
of this instrument project include understanding gas phase
chemistry and heterogeneous uptake of reactive nitrogen (N2O5) and
halogen species (ClONO2, ClO, BrO, etc.) in the upper troposphere
and lower stratosphere with the goal of developing observationally
constrained parameterizations of this chemistry and to assess
potential impacts of changing stratospheric composition (e.g.
wildfire smoke injections). The selected candidate will pursue
novel research into these topics using data acquired during past
and upcoming airborne science campaigns. The selected candidate
will also contribute to the development of new quantitative
calibration techniques and the extension of instrument capabilities
(such as operation in multiple reagent ion chemistries or
deployment on other airborne research platforms).
The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of
extension depending on funding and performance.
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
is an internationally recognized
leader in innovative environmental science and research and is
located at the University of Colorado Boulder. At CIRES, more than
950 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:
- Maintain, calibrate, and operate a custom chemical ionization
time-of-flight mass spectrometer developed for high altitude
airborne sampling (StratCIMS).
- Support the deployment of instruments on airborne platforms
such as the NASA WB-57 anticipating participation in the SABRE
mission in 2024. Deployments involve travel to remote work
locations for many weeks at a time.
- Develop new instrument measurement and calibration capabilities
relevant to future airborne missions.
- Contribute to data analysis from prior deployments of the
- Pursue novel research using the data acquired by these and
other instruments during atmospheric science field campaigns.
Present data, and analysis at science team meetings and research
conferences. Publish results in peer-reviewed scientific
What You Should Know
- Identify important research questions and prepare and interpret
scientific data to address these research questions.
- 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
- This appointment will be at the Post-Doctoral Associate or
Research Scientist level depending on the finalist’s
- The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of
extension depending on funding and performance.
- Deployments involve travel to remote work locations for many
weeks at a time.
- 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 will 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.
- CIRES offers a generous compensation package.
- The annual hiring salary range for this position is $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 classification.
- 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 driven. Be Boulder.
What We Require
For All Applicants:
Additional requirements for Research Scientists:
- A Ph.D. in Physics, Chemistry, Atmospheric Science,
Environmental Engineering, or a related field.
- Experience with the operation and maintenance of complex
instrumentation in a laboratory or field environment.
- Experience with data interpretation for the presentation of
scientific results at meetings and in scientific journals.
- Ability to perform required duties associated with ~ 2-month
field deployments in support of missions.
What You Will Need
- At least 1 year of post-doctoral research experience.
- Proven capability for self-guided, motivated, and original
research as documented by several first-author publications.
What We Would Like You to Have
- Interest in building and using custom scientific
instrumentation to make observations in the atmosphere and
analyzing these observations to address atmospheric problems of
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with
other researchers and support staff in a collaborative research
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 the operation and field deployment of chemical
ionization mass spectrometers is preferred but not required.
- Experience or willingness to learn instrument control software
such as LabView; data analysis software such as IGOR, Matlab, and
IDL; and publishing and presentation software such as Microsoft
Office and PowerPoint.
- Experience with atmospheric chemistry box models.
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.
- You don’t need to include letters of recommendation with your
initial application. If you are identified as a finalist for this
role, we will request references at a later time.
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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