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CIRES Solar Irradiance and Imagery Post-Doctoral Researcher


Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder has an immediate opening for a one-year position as a Research Associate, with a possible extension to three years depending on funding and performance, to support NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) work related to the solar imager and irradiance monitors on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Series-R (GOES-R). The Space Weather Team within NCEI is responsible for supporting NOAA’s space weather mission and for ensuring the operational and scientific utility of NOAA’s space environmental data. The GOES-R spacecraft include a complement of space weather sensors to monitor the local space environment and the sun. The first two of the next-generation GOES-R satellites were recently launched and are now called GOES-16 and GOES-17. The solar instruments are the Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI) and the Extreme Ultraviolet and X-ray Irradiance Sensors (EXIS). Instrument descriptions are available at The selected candidate will work closely with the NCEI SUVI and EXIS instrument teams to improve the on-orbit instrument calibration and validation of the SUVI and EXIS instruments. The position is located within NCEI's Solar-Terrestrial Physics Section at the David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado.

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.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Maintain on-orbit radiometric calibrations especially to quantify degradation and detect anomalies. 
  • Analyze intercalibration between the GOES instruments and other solar instruments.
  • Participate in the development, implementation and maintenance of operational space weather products, including empirical spectral models.
  • Work with CIRES software developers to implement methods into operations.
  • Write and present technical reports, publish in research journals, attend conferences and help write grant applications.
  • Conduct related science research leading to peer-reviewed publications.

What You Should Know

Due to U.S. Export Control Restrictions, only U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents may apply.

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.


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.

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What We Require

  • A Ph.D. in Physics or similar scientific or engineering discipline with an emphasis on solar physics.
  • Knowledge of ultraviolet and/or X-ray instrumentation and calibration and an understanding of instrumental and external factors that affect solar data quality.
  • Experience in solar data analysis.
  • Expertise in scientific code development in languages including Python and IDL.
  • U. S. citizenship or permanent resident status.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to work both independently and in a team on multiple parallel projects.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV.
  2. Cover Letter, briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. Proof of degree. This can include either a transcript confirming your highest degree or a scanned copy of your diploma.
  4. List of contact information for 3 references who would be willing to write a recommendation letter if you are selected as the finalist.
    • 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 the search committee.
Screening will begin immediately, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Posting Contact Name: Nancy Lathrop

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