PostDoctoral Associate

Boulder, CO
Mar 28, 2018
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Postdoctoral Position to study Biomass Burning Emissions using airborne SOF

A postdoctoral position is available in the Volkamer Group in CIRES and the Dept. of Chemistry at the University of Colorado-Boulder (CU) to study wildfire emissions using the innovative CU airborne Solar Occultation Flux (CU SOF) prototype instrument as part of the BB-FLUX field campaign (Biomass Burning Flux Measurements of Trace Gases and Aerosols (BB-FLUX) Using SOF on the Wyoming King Air, PI: R. Volkamer). The BB-FLUX project is coordinated with the WE-CAN deployment of the NSF/NCAR C130 to study wildfires in the Pacific Northwest during the 2018 wildfire season (July-Sept 2018). SOF employs absorption spectroscopy to measure multiple trace gases directly in the open atmosphere (above the aircraft) by recording solar spectra at mid-infrared and ultra-violet/visible wavelengths every few seconds (facilities an inlet free detection of, e.g., NH3, NOx, small acids, hydrocarbons, etc). It is a young -yet mature- technique under development in the PI's research group, and the SOF prototype has been successfully deployed in biomass burning plumes before. As prominent member of the PI's research team, the postdoc will help deploy CU SOF during BB-FLUX, conduct data analysis, and develop innovative SOF retrievals. The successful candidate will have unique access to innovative data sets from multiple aircraft, explore synergistic benefits of remote sensing and in-situ observations, collaborate closely with atmospheric modelers, and BB-FLUX collaborators at NOAA/ESRL, NOAA/NESDIS, NASA/JPL, and researchers at LMU/Munich, and KIT/Karlsruhe (both Germany).

Background information about the research group, techniques, and previous publications and projects is available at the Volkamer Group Web Page. Boulder is a great place to live, and it also houses the greatest concentration of atmospheric scientists in the world, thanks to the combined strengths of CU and the NOAA and NCAR National Labs.


A Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, atmospheric sciences, environmental engineering, or a related discipline is required. Skills in the operation and data interpretation for advanced chemical instrumentation, as well as computer programming and/or complex data analysis (especially Igor Pro, Python) are highly desirable. Experience with laboratory or field studies of atmospheric chemistry is also desirable. Independence, drive and collaboration will be encouraged in order to develop the candidate's career.

To apply, please submit an application via CU Careers Link, with a cover letter describing your research interests, a CV, date of availability, 2-3 first-author journal papers in PDF, and a list of 4-5 references who are very familiar with your research work. The initial appointment is for one year (preferably starting in late Spring/early summer 2018, depending on candidate availability), with the expectation of annual renewal for additional years upon satisfactory performance. The University of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer.

Special Instructions to Applicants:The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks on all final applicants being considered for employment, prior to the issuance of an offer letter. The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and an EPLS (Excluded Parties List System) check. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

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Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, 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; and 4 - 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 - 10167 - Chemistry & Biochemistry

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Mar 27, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Matthew Bohn

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00744939


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