CIRES/CSD Research Associate

CIRES/CSD Research Associate

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to participate in the NASA Atmospheric Tomography mission (ATom) ( The successful candidate will participate in the deployment and operation of the NOAA NOyO3 (nitrogen oxides and ozone) chemiluminescence instrument aboard the NASA DC-8 research aircraft, and perform data analysis to improve our scientific understanding of the effects of human and natural emissions on the chemical reactivity of the background atmosphere. The position is located in the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Earth System Research Laboratory (NOAA ESRL) in Boulder, CO, and this work will be carried out as part of a team of federal and CIRES scientists in the Chemical Sciences Division ( of NOAA ESRL. The initial appointment will be for 2 years with the possibility of extension following exemplary performance.

Key Responsibilities

• Maintain and operate the NOAA NOyO3 chemiluminescence instrument in the laboratory and in the field. Design, test, and implement upgrades to this instrument as needed.

• Carry out atmospheric measurements of reactive nitrogen oxides and ozone (NO, NO2, NOy, and O3) aboard the NASA DC-8 research aircraft. Perform data reduction, critical evaluation, and archiving of the data.

• Excel under pressure as part of a dynamic field research group to prepare for and participate in ATom airborne deployments.

• Analyze the data, in conjunction with other ATom measurements and model results, to evaluate and improve current understanding of atmospheric emissions, the processes that affect them, and the climate- and air quality-relevant consequences.

• Identify and carry out novel analyses leading to the presentation of scientific results at conferences and publications in peer-reviewed journals.


Skills and Qualifications

• A Ph.D. in a physical science (physics, chemistry, engineering, or a related field) is required. Proven capability for self-guided, motivated, and original research as documented by first-authored publications.

• Proven experience in design, construction, operation, and maintenance of custom-built scientific instrumentation.

• Ability to work well with other researchers and support staff in a collaborative research environment.

Ability to perform required duties associated with ~2 month field deployments in support of the ATom mission.

Contact information : Thomas B. Ryerson, Ph.D.

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Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Reference Letters (Not Confidential), Unofficial transcript(s)

Application Materials Instructions:Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1 - Cover Letter; 2 - Resume; 3 - The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree; 4 -One letter of recommendation This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10080 - Coop Inst Res/Envrm Sci - Dir

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Apr 26, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Karen Dempsey

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00676122