The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
(CIRES) and the NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory (GML) in Boulder,
Colorado announce an opportunity for postdoctoral research related
to the global atmospheric methane budget. The position involves
using in situ and remote sensing data, along with data
assimilation/flux inversion methods and atmospheric transport
modeling to estimate methane emissions and its atmospheric
distribution. Potential areas of inquiry include evaluating the use
of remotely sensed flux mapping and source imaging data in methane
flux inversions, improved quantification of model transport errors,
use of stable methane isotopes to discriminate between fossil and
microbial emissions, and reducing uncertainty related to
atmospheric chemical sinks. The goal of this research is to explore
possible improvements to the NOAA CarbonTracker-CH4 modeling
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.
Global Monitoring Laboratory (GML)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) operates
long-term observing systems of atmospheric carbon, water vapor,
ozone, ozone depleting substances, aerosols, radiation and clouds,
and develops new observing, analytical and modeling capabilities to
enable a process understanding of past and future changes.
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
What You Should Know
- Prepare remote sensing and in situ data for use in a modeling
system, including consideration of measurement and model
- Design and execution of model experiments aimed at
understanding constraints imposed by different types of
observations at various spatial and temporal scales.
- Consider how super-emitter data can be incorporated into
regional or global atmospheric inversions.
- Design and execution of model experiments to identify improved
prior emissions and better approaches for treatment of atmospheric
chemical methane sinks.
- Evaluate the potential benefits of using stable isotope
observations in atmospheric methane inversions.
What We Can Offer
- This is a 3-year appointment.
- The targeted start date for this appointment is October 1st,
- This position will be rostered in CIRES at the University of
Colorado Boulder, but will be located at the David Skaggs Research
Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO.
- 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
$65,000-$71,000. Salary is commensurate with education and
experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track
- Relocation funds are available following CIRES and the
University of Colorado’s relocation processes and procedures.
- This position offers a hybrid work environment with both
on-site and remote work hours.
- 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
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What We Require
What You Will Need
- A Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, Earth System Science or a
- Demonstrated experience with numerical modeling preferably on
high performance computing systems
- Experience in publishing peer-reviewed journal articles, and
presenting research findings at scientific conferences.
What We Would Like You to Have
- Skill in analysis and visualization of large data sets.
- Familiarity with both compiled and high-level programming
- Ability to work as part of an inclusive and productive team as
well as the ability to formulate independent ideas.
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 working with atmospheric models and data
- An interest in investigating ways to improve our knowledge of
the atmospheric methane budget and to exploit new observational
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.
- Although not required at the time of application, please be
ready to submit information for 3 professional references (must
include at least 1 supervisor). If you are identified as a finalist
for this role, you will be asked to invite your references to
complete a SkillSurvey questionnaire on your behalf. SkillSurvey is
an online reference check solution. All information is kept
confidential and shared only with the search committee
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
This position will remain open 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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