CIRES/ NOAA GML Carbon Cycle Greenhouse Gases (CCGG) Airborne Program Post-Doctoral Associate

Boulder, Colorado
Mar 25, 2021
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Employment Type
Full Time
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Four-Year Institution

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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19-Mar-2021 Close All Job SummaryThe Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) is seeking a Post-Doctoral Associate to support the NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory's (GML) Carbon Cycle Greenhouse Gases (CCGG) Airborne Program. This project is part of the larger Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network, an international measurement effort that includes regular discrete sampling from the NOAA/GML baseline observatories and cooperative fixed sites, as well as mobile airborne and ship platforms. The CCGG Airborne Program’s current focus is on understanding the North American continent’s carbon budget and identifying and understanding carbon sources and sinks on regional to continental scales, as well as long-term monitoring of greenhouse and trace gases from the surface to the stratosphere for detecting trends and potential changes in atmospheric composition and dynamics due to climate change. The position duration is for one year, with the possibility for extension based on funding availability and performance.
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 Are

At 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 scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

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What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
  • Assist in the acquisition and quality control of in situ (in-flight), flask (post-flight analysis at the Boulder lab), or balloon-based measurements from a network of airborne platforms in North America.
  • Interpret airborne atmospheric data over North America and the surrounding marine regions to better understand the carbon budget of the North American continent and the carbon cycle.
  • Improve techniques, procedures, and instrumentation used in the network, in particular with in situ measurements of atmospheric CO2, CH4, CO, N2O, and other trace gases.
  • Participate in the development of new instrumentation and measurement techniques for use on regularly-scheduled commercial aircraft or development of balloon-borne high-altitude sampling system known as the AirCore.
  • Implement field campaigns on behalf of CCGG Airborne Program.
  • Publish papers in peer-reviewed journals and present results at scientific conferences.
What You Should Know
  • The position duration is for one year, with the possibility for extension based on the ability of funding and performance.
  • 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. If you are the selected finalist you will be required to pass a federal laboratory background clearance for site access.
What We Can Offer
  • We can offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.
  • The annual hiring salary range for this Post-Doctoral Associate position is $58,000 to $65,000.
  • Relocation funds are available for this role following CIRES's and the University of Colorado's 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 Engaged. Be Resourceful. Be Boulder.What We Require
  • Ph.D. in atmospheric physics or chemistry, oceanography, or a related field.
What You Will Need
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and interpret atmospheric measurements and communicate results to the scientific community via peer-reviewed publications and presentations at scientific meetings.
  • Minimum of 2 years experience making high-accuracy measurements of trace gases with a measurement background that includes techniques such as gas chromatography and/or spectrometry.
  • Basic understanding of atmospheric dynamics.
  • Proficiency in computer programming in MATLAB, R, or Python.
What We Would Like You To Have
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully conduct work in a collaborative environment with a diverse group of scientists.
  • Experience with conducting field measurements.
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. 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, we will contact you through email and request that you submit 1 name and email of a reference who will be asked to submit a letter of recommendation (can be one of the 3 noted above). This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.
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 (if applicable) as an optional attachment.
Review of applications will begin April 1, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.
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: Bianca Baier

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

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