The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental
(CIRES) in Boulder, Colorado and the NOAA Global
System Laboratory (GSL) have an immediate opening for a motivated
Postdoctoral research associate with experience in atmospheric
sciences, numerical weather prediction, and atmospheric composition
modeling to apply and perform state-of-the-art coupled atmospheric
composition models developed at NOAA/GSL for medium-range and
subseasonal to seasonal (S2S) forecast. The Postdoctoral research
associate will have an appointment within the Earth Prediction
Advancement Division (EPAD) of NOAA GSL to perform the S2S
experimental predictions, evaluate the results, and compare them
against those of additional models and configurations developed by
GSL and other NOAA Research laboratories.
EPAD has been leading the development of regional and global
aerosol and atmospheric composition forecast models in
collaboration with other NOAA Research laboratories and the
National Weather Service (NWS) over many years. One of the global
forecast systems, Global Ensemble Forecast System (GEFS)-Aerosols
v12, based on the Unified Forecast System (UFS, ufscommunity.org),
has been in operations at NWS since 2020 ( https://gsl.noaa.gov/focus-areas/atmospheric-chemistry-and-smoke-prediction/gefs-aerosols
). A second-generation coupled aerosol system (UFS-Aerosols) has
been collaboratively developed for the UFS by NOAA and NASA since
2021, and is planned to be implemented into the GEFS v13.0 in the
coming years. Meanwhile, an innovative community model for
Configurable ATmospheric Chemistry (CATChem), to be coupled online
with the UFS, is under development. CATChem, developed under a wide
collaborative effort between NOAA Research laboratories and the
National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), is able to utilize
the Common Community Physics Package (CCPP) infrastructure to link
the gas and aerosol chemistry modules to the rest of the model. In
addition, EPAD has been leading the improvement of aerosol forecast
systems by including aerosols direct and semi-direct radiative
feedback for scales ranging from a few hours to S2S. The successful
candidate will conduct retrospective and real-time S2S simulations
using an ensemble of fire emissions, validate the predictions with
an emphasis on aerosol optical depth (AOD), and assess the direct
and indirect impacts of aerosols in the meteorological
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
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 Global Systems Laboratory
one of ten NOAA Research laboratories and is located in Boulder,
Colorado. The GSL researchers develop the-state-of-the-art weather
and air quality models, state-of-the-science decision support tools
and visualization systems, and use high-performance computing
technology to support a Weather-Ready Nation. GSL strives to
advance its workforce scientifically, technically, and
professionally. We are also committed to increased diversity equity,
inclusion and accessibility
as well as a strong foundation for
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
What You Should Know
- Evaluate retrospective and real-time S2S meteorological
predictions that incorporate an ensemble of fire emissions in
UFS-Aerosols and CATChem, with a primary focus on AOD
- Quantify the impact of fire emissions on S2S prediction.
- Investigate aerosol-weather interactions by evaluating the
sensitivity of the direct and semi-direct radiative effect when
using different fire emission products.
- Present research findings in conferences and peer-reviewed
What We Can Offer
- This is a 12-month appointment, with the possibility of
extension up to 2 years, contingent upon performance and the
availability of funding.
- 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 the selected finalist, 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.
- CIRES offers a generous compensation package.
- The annual hiring salary range for this position is $64,000 to
$69,000. 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
environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder
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What We Require
What You Will Need
- PhD degree in atmospheric, oceanic, earth science, or related
fields of meteorology, physics, or mathematics.
- Experience in data analysis of model prediction and observation
- Experience with shell scripting skills in Linux or UNIX
What We Would Like You to Have
- Excellent programming and data analysis ability using languages
(such as Fortran, C++ or Python etc.), and plotting tools.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in
- Ability to work both independently and in a team
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 in performing model experiments using coupled
meteorology-chemistry models or similar earth system modeling.
- Experience in S2S model prediction modeling systems and aerosol
- Experience with the UFS model.
- Experience with diagnostics and verification of meteorological
and air quality forecasts.
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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