The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
(CIRES) is seeking a Research Scientist to support the NOAA Global
Monitoring Laboratory's (GML) Technology Transitions, Engineering,
and Applications (TTEA) division. Within the broader GML mission of
conducting research that addresses three major challenges:
greenhouse gas and carbon cycle feedbacks, changes in clouds,
aerosols and surface radiation, and stratospheric ozone recovery,
the TTEA division aims to advance observing capabilities for direct
measurements of atmospheric trace gases to enhance a) global and
regional scale carbon emissions and/or uptake detection, b) model
and satellite evaluation used to understand trends and variability
of greenhouse gases and ozone-depleting substances and c) the
understanding of tropospheric and stratospheric composition
feedbacks on earth’s radiation budget in a changing climate.
The TTEA division develops, implements and/or transitions to
operations innovative atmospheric observing platforms, instruments,
and sampling techniques to fulfill this mission. We collaborate
across GML to provide new technologies and measurement capabilities
for field campaigns and for the Global Greenhouse Gas Reference
Network (GGGRN), an international measurement effort that includes
regular discrete sampling from NOAA/GML baseline observatories and
cooperative fixed sites, as well as mobile aircraft, balloon, UAS
and ship-based platforms. A two-year full-time position is
available, with the possibility for extension based on performance
and funding availability.
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 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
- Lead or co-lead research projects using commercial aircraft and
small instrumented aircraft to address new or
scientifically-relevant questions relating to greenhouse gas
- Lead independent research related to NOAA/GML’s mission
stemming from new aircraft platforms and technologies
- Assist in the acquisition and quality control of in situ
atmospheric measurements during shorter, field campaign studies
and/or within the broader GGGRN
- Interpret airborne atmospheric data to better understand the
global and North American carbon budgets
- Assist with the development and improvement of techniques,
procedures and instrumentation used within the GGGRN, in particular
for in situ measurements of atmospheric greenhouse gases and
ozone-depleting substances from surface, airborne, or ship-based
- Publish papers in peer-reviewed journals and present results at
What We Can Offer
- 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.
- This position requires the ability to travel and conduct
fieldwork up to 20% of the time per year on average.
- Normal working hours will be observed except for occasional
irregular hours during campaigns or conferences/workshops.
- Given project deliverables, the targeted start date for this
position is October 1, 2023.
- CIRES offers a generous compensation package.
- The annual hiring salary range for this position is $70,000-
$105,000. 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.
- CIRES and CU 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
What You Will Need
- Ph.D. in atmospheric physics or chemistry, oceanography, or a
- Minimum of 2 years of experience developing and/or making
high-accuracy measurements of trace gases with a background that
includes techniques such as in situ gas chromatography and/or
- Ability to conduct full-time, in-person laboratory work in a
U.S. government facility (which requires successful completion of a
federal background check) with possible situational telework.
- Demonstrated ability to analyze and interpret atmospheric
measurements and communicate results to the scientific community
via peer-reviewed publications and presentations at scientific
- Proficiency in understanding of atmospheric dynamics and
boundary layer processes.
- Proficiency in computer programming with MATLAB, Igor, R, or
- Ability to fly on research aircraft.
- Demonstrated ability to lead independent research.
- Demonstrated ability to conduct field measurements.
- Demonstrated ability to successfully conduct work in a
collaborative environment with a diverse group of scientists.
- Good oral, written and interpersonal communications
- Detail-oriented, organized and meticulous.
- Ability to travel up to 20% of time.
To apply please submit the following:
- Resume or CV.
- One page cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly
describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific
interest in this position.
- If you are selected as a finalist, we will contact you through
email for you to initiate a SkillSurvey questionnaire. You will be
asked to offer contact information for 5 professional references
(including 2 supervisors) and they will be asked to complete a
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
If you are selected for the position, 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
The position will remain open until filled.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For
consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.
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