Cloud and Aerosol Research Associate

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CIRES Research Associate / CSD Research Associate

The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at CU-Boulder and the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) Chemical Sciences Division (CSD, are seeking a research associate to measure the chemical composition of aerosols in the atmosphere. The successful candidate will obtain and analyze field measurements of single-particle composition from NASA ATom ( and other field campaigns in support of NOAA and CIRES air quality and climate goals. Research foci include investigating the abundance, sources, transport, and removal of mineral dust, biomass burning, sea salt, and other climate relevant aerosol. The project will involve collaborations with external modeling groups to incorporate aerosol measurements into global climate simulations.

Background information about the Cloud and Aerosol Processes research group including previous publications and projects is available at

The initial term of the appointment is for one year, with expectation of renewal for up to three years. Review of applications will start in April, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply early.

For further information, contact Dr. Karl Froyd ([email protected]).


  • Work within an existing group of researchers within NOAA/ESRL to perform field and laboratory measurements of aerosol composition related to air quality and climate.
  • Work independently to operate and maintain aerosol instrumentation aboard research aircraft at remote field locations. Field studies may include travel for periods up to four weeks.
  • Analyze and interpret measurements to improve our physical understanding of atmospheric aerosol processes.
  • Prepare and present scientific findings in peer-review publications, scientific meetings, and workshops.


Desired qualifications
  • PhD (required) in chemistry, chemical-physics, physics, or related field.
  • Experience with mass spectrometry.
  • Experience with the design, construction, and operation of complex instrumentation.
  • Experience in analyzing complex data sets.
  • Experience in aerosol research.
  • Experience with airborne measurements of atmospheric properties.
  • Excellence in development and presentation of scientific results for meetings and for publication in scientific journals.
  • Ability to work independently and in a closely collaborative group.

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 - 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 12, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: karen dempsey

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00676090





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Posted: 10/8/2018
Application Due: 12/7/2018
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