Research Associate

Boulder, CO
May 20, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

A postdoctoral position is available in the Fried Group in the Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research at the University of Colorado-Boulder, collaboratively with Mary Barth ( at the NCAR Atmospheric Chemistry Observations and Modeling Laboratory. The successful candidate will employ various tools (WRF-Chem modeling, time series analysis of various trace gases, in conjunction with analysis of radar storm images, and parcel model simulations for particular storm intercepts, etc.) to investigate scavenging efficiencies, entrainment rates, and ice retention factors of various trace gases for data acquired during recent NASA sponsored field campaigns: the 2013 SEAC4RS (Studies of Emissions, Atmospheric Composition, Clouds and Climate Coupling by Regional Surveys) and, where possible, during 2016 Korean-United States Air Quality (KORUS-AQ) NASA aircraft studies. The successful candidate will employ similar methodology as used in Fried and Barth 2016 Journal of Geophysical Research papers studying convective transport during the DC3 study. The results from the SEAC4RS and KORUS-AQ analysis will be combined with those from DC3 to establish a more comprehensive picture of processes involved in convective transport of O3 precursors for a variety of storms.


A Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences, chemistry, physics, environmental engineering, or a related discipline is required. Experience with computer modeling in FORTRAN, in particular for regional or global models, is needed. Experience in complex data analysis using analysis tools, such as NCL, IDL, Igor Pro, Matlab, Python, is highly desirable. Independence, drive and collaboration are important and will be encouraged in order to develop the candidate's career.

Background information about the research groups and previous publications and projects is available at the Fried ( and Barth ( web pages. Boulder is a great place to live (see, and it also houses the greatest concentration of atmospheric scientists and chemists in the world, thanks to the combined strengths of the University of Colorado, NCAR, and the NOAA National Laboratory.

To apply, please submit an application via email to and with a cover letter describing your research interests, a CV, date of availability, 2-3 first-author journal papers in PDF (submitted papers can also be included), and a list of 4-5 references who are very familiar with your research work. The initial appointment will be for one year, with the expectation of renewal for a second year upon satisfactory performance. The University of Colorado and NCAR are equal opportunity employers.

Review of applications will start on 10 June 2017, and continue until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

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Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Unofficial transcript(s), Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below

Application Materials Instructions:Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following documents: 1 - Cover Letter; 2 - Curriculum Vitae including contact information of three references; 3 - Unofficial transcript; 4 - Document uploaded for proof of degree can be a transcript which shows the date the degree was confirmed, copy of diploma, or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College confirming the degree. This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accrual.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10099 - INSTAAR-Inst,Arctic&Alpin Rsch

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: May 19, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Sedrick L. Frazier

Posting Contact Email: Sedrick.Frazier@Colorado.EDU

Position Number: 00178904