PostDoctoral Associate

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Volkamer Research Group



Postdoctoral Position in modeling of biomass burning emissions and their atmospheric impact

A postdoctoral position is available in the Volkamer Group in CIRES and the Dept. of Chemistry at the University of Colorado-Boulder in collaboration with the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory's Global Systems Division (Dr. Ravan Ahmadov). The Volkamer group is using research aircraft to quantify biomass burning emissions of trace gases and aerosols from wildfires in the northwestern US during summer 2018 (BB-FLUX field campaign). The primary responsibilities of the successful candidate include:
• Analysis of the aircraft measurements (in-situ and remote sensing) from the BB-FLUX field intensive
• Simulation of the BB emissions during the BB-FLUX project period utilizing satellite data
• Conducing simulations of plume rise, transport and chemical transformations of the BB emissions during BB-FLUX using the meteorology-chemistry model WRF-Chem
• Publication of the research results in peer-reviewed literature

A Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences, physics, chemistry, environmental engineering, or a related discipline is required. Skills in the atmospheric modeling, computer programming (preferably Fortran and Python) and analysis of complex data are highly desirable. Independence, drive and collaboration will be encouraged in order to develop the candidate's career.

Background information about the research group, techniques, and previous publications and projects is available at the Volkamer Group webpage and NOAA/ESRL/GSD's Model Development Branch's page. A detailed information about the WRF-Chem model can be found at

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.

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 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.

Review of applications will start on 1-May-2018, and continue until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply by that date. If that is not possible, please email Dr. Volkamer to alert that your application is coming and the expected completion date (email: [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, 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: Jul 11, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Matthew Bohn

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00748721





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Posted: 9/10/2018
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