CIRES/ NOAA CSL Emissions Scientist (Research Associate)

Boulder, Colorado
Feb 12, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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10-Feb-2021 Close All Job SummaryCIRES and the NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL) are looking for a Research Scientist to develop and advance emission processing systems of air pollutants and greenhouse gases.
The aim of this research is to improve the understanding of the emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases and the processes that control the regional distributions of ozone and aerosols and their radiative impacts. The work will be closely coordinated with extensive measurement and modeling programs at CSL in evaluating emission inventories with atmospheric observations and with other NOAA labs in implementing near real-time emission updates for air quality forecasting applications. The results of measurement programs and modeling studies will be used interactively to identify and solve outstanding questions in air quality and climate.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Who We AreAt CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at the Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing the scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.
Chemical Sciences Laboratory website: Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
  • Developing and maintaining the emissions processing system utilized in NOAA research and forecast models, including the Weather Research Forecast with Chemistry (WRF-Chem) and Finite-Volume Cubed-Sphere Dynamical Core (FV3) models.
  • Actively support multi-institutional field experiments by processing model-ready gridded emission inventories of anthropogenic and biogenic emissions of air pollutants as well as greenhouse gases.
  • Work closely with scientists from various experimental groups at CIRES and ESRL/CSL in the analysis of emission inventories during recent field missions such as LISTOS, COVID-AQS, and AEROMMA (planned), as well as with NOAA/NASA/ESA polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites.
What You Should Know

  • If you are the selected finalist you will be required to pass a federal laboratory background clearance for site access.
  • This position will be rostered in CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder but will be physically situated in the David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305.
What We Can Offer
  • We can offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.
  • The annual hiring salary range for this Research Associate/Research Scientist I position is $60,000- $78,000.
  • Relocation expenses are available for this position following CIRES and the University of Colorado’s relocation processes and procedures.
BenefitsThe University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.Be StatementsBe Game-Changing. Be Resourceful. Be Boulder.What We Require
  • Ph.D. in environmental or mechanical engineering, atmospheric sciences or computer science.
What You Will Need
  • The ability to produce quality emission inventories, and communicate and interpret the results, with a minimum of guidance.
What We Would Like You To Have
  • Strong programming skills (e.g., Python, FORTRAN, etc.), or prior experience with emission processing systems for regional and global earth system models is desired.
Special InstructionsTo apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. List of contact information for 3 references who will be willing to write a confidential Letter of Recommendation for you. You don’t need to include letters of recommendation with your initial application. The search committee will request letters of recommendation at a later time If you are identified as a finalist for this role.
If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.
The position will be open until filled. Applications will be screened as they are received.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Stuart McKeen

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

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