Research Associate /Atmospheric trace gas and aerosol measurements

Job description

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to develop and apply novel analytical instrumentation in atmospheric research. This position requires expertise in optical instrumentation, its application in laboratory and field experiments, and data interpretation and reporting of scientific results. The position is located in the Chemical Sciences Division (CSD) of the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado.

The successful candidate will operate, maintain, and improve instrumentation based on cavity enhanced spectroscopy, as required to address specific atmospheric trace gas and aerosol science goals in laboratory and field settings. The candidate will further undertake analysis, publication and presentation of the data generated during field intensives and laboratory work. The candidate will use results from these analyses, and skills related to analytical instrument development, to identify and pursue new areas of research pertinent to the scientific mission of CIRES and NOAA CSD. The candidate will be required to work both independently and in a collaborative role with other investigators as project needs dictate. The candidate will be expected to participate in remote field deployments of approximately 4-6 weeks duration approximately every other year. The initial appointment will be for 2 years with the possibility of extension following exemplary performance. This position has a notional start date of 01 June 2018 but may be adjusted depending on candidate availability.

Review of applications will begin on February 1 and continue until the position is filled.

The specific duties of this Research Scientist position include the following:

1. Instrument development, improvement and support including:

• Maintenance, testing, and optimization of existing NOAA CSD laboratory and field instrumentation based on optical methods.

• Design, construction, testing, and optimization of novel instrumentation for atmospheric trace gas and aerosol measurements in laboratory and field studies, including airborne platforms.

2. Data collection, field and laboratory measurements including:

  • Operation and maintenance of instruments during field campaigns.
  • Laboratory experiments to elucidate chemical and physical processes relevant to the interpretation of atmospheric field data.
  • Calibrate and define the capabilities and limitation of field and laboratory instrumentation.
  • Data reduction, quality control and archiving.

3. Data analysis, and publication and presentation of scientific results including:
  • Analysis of data from field intensives and laboratory work.
  • Presentation of scientific results at conferences, workshops and meetings.
  • Publication of scientific results in peer-reviewed journals.

4. Identification of research priorities, including:

• Maintaining familiarity and knowledge of relevant scientific literature.

• Initiating new directions for instrumentation, laboratory or field research.

Contact information: [email protected]


PhD in related field

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The University of Colorado is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Inquiries may be directed to the Boulder Campus Title IX Coordinator by calling 303-492-2127. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting Human Resources at [email protected]

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 - CV; 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 -A non-confidential letter of reference 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: Jan 9, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Position Number: 00742295





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Posted: 3/12/2018
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