CIRES/ NOAA CSL Stratospheric Aerosol Post-Doctoral Associate or Research Associate (Research S...

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04-Jan-2022 Close All Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) is seeking a Post-Doctoral Associate or a Research Scientist to join the Atmospheric Composition and Chemical Processes group of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL) in Boulder, Colorado. This position entails working in close cooperation with the research staff of CIRES and NOAA CSL to measure aerosol size distributions and optical properties in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere. The selected candidate will manage the regular deployment of miniature optical particle instruments on small weather balloons and other platforms, analyze the resulting data, and work to develop and use additional balloon-borne or high-altitude research instrumentation. These measurements are important for addressing issues as far-ranging as stratospheric aerosol microphysics; Earth’s radiative balance; chemistry of the ozone layer; and the impacts of volcanic eruptions, large wildfires, aircraft, and rocket emissions, and potential geoengineering on the atmosphere.

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 between 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.

In the Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL) of the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratories, researchers develop and use instruments to make precise atmospheric measurements, conduct laboratory experiments, design and execute field missions, analyze observations, and use sophisticated computer models to better understand how our changing atmosphere is influencing climate - and therefore people.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
  • Manage the local deployment of instruments for measuring aerosol on a high-altitude balloon and potentially other platforms.
  • Build, operate, maintain, and calibrate the Portable Optical Particle Spectrometer aerosol instrumentation.
  • Prepare and interpret aerosol data to address science questions on the role of aerosol in atmospheric processes and climate. This requires analysis of multi-parameter data sets, interaction with other instrument investigators, and the use of models and model results.
  • Present findings at scientific meetings and publish results in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Potentially participate in remote field deployments to make atmospheric measurements, in the US or abroad.

Responsibilities for Research Associates (Research Scientists)

  • In addition to the duties identified above, within CIRES/NOAA CSL, a Research Scientist s also responsible for conducting original research and/or supporting research through work in the field of Atmospheric Sciences.
  • Outreach, education, and service activities are also important components of a Research Scientist’s effort.
What You Should Know
  • The position is available for a period of 2 years with the possibility of extension based on performance and the availability of funding.
  • This position will be administrated by CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder, but will be physically situated in the NOAA David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305, a federal campus.
  • Selected finalists will be required to pass a federal background check for site access.
  • As an employee at CU Boulder, the ECO Pass benefit mentioned below allows you to have free access to the public transit system, which is a fantastic network of buses and light rails that connect Boulder, Denver, the Denver airport, and surrounding communities.
  • Contact Dr. Elizabeth Asher ([email protected]) of CIRES for further information concerning this position.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.
What We Can Offer
  • CIRES can offer a generous compensation package. This position will be hired at the Post-Doctoral Associate or Research Associate (Research Scientist) level and salary will be determined accordingly to education, experience, and our internal career track.
  • The annual hiring salary range for Post-Doctoral Associates is $60,000 - $64,000; for Research Associates (Research Scientists) the range is $64,000 to $85,000.
  • Relocation funds are available for this position following CIRES and the University of Colorado’s relocation processes and procedures.
  • CIRES/NOAA CSL provides an engaging and collaborative work environment, and the opportunity to contribute to addressing scientific questions relevant to all of society.
Benefits The 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 ambitious. Be encouraged. Be Boulder.What We Require

For Post-Doctoral Associates

  • Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, engineering, atmospheric science, or related field.
  • A valid driver’s license.
  • Physical ability to hike for up to two or three hours across rugged terrain to retrieve scientific payloads launched biweekly using weather balloons from Boulder, CO.

Additional requirements for Research Scientists

  • At least 1 year of post-doctoral research experience.
What You Will Need
  • Experience with the operation and maintenance of research grade instrumentation in a laboratory or field setting.
  • Experience with data analysis and presentation of scientific results for meetings and for publication in scientific journals.
  • Capability for self-guided, motivated, and original research.
  • Ability to work well with other researchers and support staff in a diverse and collaborative research environment.
What We Would Like You To Have

Please note that while the position details the requirements in the "minimum qualifications" and "what you will need" sections, we want applicants to be aware that they do not need to have all the skills and experience from the "what we would like you to have" section to be considered for this position. If you meet the requirements, you are encouraged to apply. We encourage on-the-job training for any additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the position.

  • A background in atmospheric science.
  • Experience with instrument design and fabrication.
  • Experience with optics and optical sensors.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Enthusiasm for working in a collaborative research environment.
  • Interest in developing additional balloon-borne instrumentation.
Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • Resume or CV.
  • Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  • List of 3 references including the names, professional titles, and contact information for people who are familiar with your qualifications and work history and who may be asked to provide a professional reference on your behalf.

Please do not include letters of recommendation with your application materials. If you are selected as one of the finalists, the Search Committee will request one or more letters of recommendation at a later time in the process.

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 InformationPosting Contact Name: Elizabeth Asher

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

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