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CIRES/NOAA CSL Visiting Researcher

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 19, 2024

Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for a temporary Visiting Researcher within the Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Boulder, Colorado. This is an approximately 2-month temporary appointment that is scheduled for May 13, 2024 - July 5, 2024. The researcher will work with federal and university employees to perform and analyze laboratory studies and perform molecular level theoretical chemistry calculations to investigate the atmospheric processing of compounds related to climate intervention, greenhouse effect, and biomass burning. CSL is a world-class leader in atmospheric chemistry research using state-of-the-art instrumentation and methods such as pulsed laser photolysis-laser induced fluorescence, cavity ring-down spectroscopy, infrared spectroscopy, and chemical ionization mass spectrometry. The ideal candidate will perform laboratory studies and molecular theoretical calculations that support NOAA and CIRES air quality and climate goals.

We seek an individual with demonstrated expertise in molecular level theoretical chemistry calculations and laboratory studies, investigating how oceanic emissions of sulfur compounds and biomass burning emissions affect atmospheric processes. It is also desired that the applicant have a record of publications in peer-reviewed literature, and experience presenting their research at scientific meetings. A PhD in the field of physics, chemistry, atmospheric science, or an equivalent closely-related field is required.

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

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.

In the Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL), researchers build instruments to make precise measurements, conduct laboratory experiments, design and execute field missions, analyze observations, and use sophisticated computer models to better understand how a changing atmosphere influences climate and people.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
  • Process, analyze, and interpret data from laboratory chemical kinetics experiments.
  • Collaborate with laboratory researchers on design and interpretation of laboratory kinetics experiments.
  • Perform computational quantum chemical analyses of atmospheric processes important to the composition of the troposphere.
  • Use computational studies to determine reaction rate coefficients and product yields of atmospheric reactions of trace gases.
  • Summarize results in scientific manuscripts and conference presentations.
What You Should Know

This is a ~2-month temporary position scheduled for May 13, 2024 through July 5, 2024.

What We Can Offer
  • $7,125/month for approximately two months total.

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
  • PhD in physics, chemistry, atmospheric sciences, or a closely related field.
  • Demonstrated expertise in computational quantum chemistry.
  • Demonstrated expertise investigating how climate intervention and biomass burning chemical processes affect atmospheric composition, climate, and air quality.
  • Background in data analysis and statistics.
What We Would Like You to Have
  • Record of publications in the peer-reviewed literature.
  • Experience presenting their research at scientific meetings.
Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume/CV

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.

Please apply by February 21, 2024 for consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs .

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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