CIRES/CSD Atmospheric / Physical Research Associate

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Atmospheric/Physical Research Scientist

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) has an opening for a Research Scientist, located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Earth System Research Laboratory Chemical Science Division (NOAA/ESRL/CSD), Boulder, Colorado. This position is within the Atmospheric Composition and Chemical Processes group. The selected candidate will work in close cooperation with the research staff of CIRES and CSD in developing laser-based instrumentation for measurements of atmospheric trace gases and aerosols, and interpretation of atmospheric in-situ measurements to address questions related to transport of sulfur dioxide and formation of aerosols in the upper troposphere and stratosphere.


Participation in the design, construction, and integration of field instruments for measuring aerosols and sulfur dioxide on research aircraft. Scientific objectives include sampling fire emissions during the NASA FIREX-AQ campaign.

Operation, maintenance, and calibration of sulfur dioxide and aerosol instrumentation.

Development and maintenance of custom fiber laser systems.

Participation in field missions to make atmospheric measurements. Field missions often require up to several weeks at deployment sites.

Interpretation of data sets to address the roles of sulfur dioxide and aerosols in atmospheric processes and climate change. This includes organization of multi-parameter data sets, interaction with other instrument investigators, and the use of models and model results and/or satellite datasets.

Preparation of data and its interpretation for presentation at scientific meetings and for publication in peer-reviewed journals of the atmospheric sciences.


PhD in physics, chemistry, or related field.

Interest in building and using custom instrumentation to make measurements in the atmosphere and using these observations to address atmospheric problems of contemporary interest. A background in atmospheric science is desirable but not required.

Experience with the design, building, operation, calibration, and maintenance of complex instrumentation in a laboratory or field environment. Experience with lasers, optics and optical sensors is highly desirable.

Experience with development and presentation of scientific results for meetings and for publication in scientific journals.

Contact Dr. Andrew Rollins of the NOAA/ESRL/CSD for further information concerning this position (303-497-5181 or [email protected]).

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.

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: Apr 5, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Karen Dempsey

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00745039





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Posted: 4/6/2018
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