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CIRES/NCEI Solar Researcher

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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 Research Associate for work related to the solar imager and irradiance monitors on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Series-R (GOES-R). This position has an initial appointment of one year with the possibility of extension depending on funding and performance. The space weather team within NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (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 irradiance instruments are the Extreme Ultraviolet and X-ray Irradiance Sensors (EXIS). Instrument descriptions are available at The selected candidate will work closely with the NCEI EXIS instrument team to improve the on-orbit instrument calibration and validation of the EXIS instrument as well as to improve X-ray and ultraviolet time series datasets from previous GOES satellites. The position is located at the NOAA David Skaggs Research Center in Boulder, Colorado.

Who We Are

At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute or 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.

National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)

NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) is responsible for preserving, monitoring, assessing, and providing public access to the Nation's treasure of geophysical data and information.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Participate in the development, implementation and maintenance of operational space weather products.
  • Develop calibration methods for EXIS and analyze intercalibrations between solar instruments.
  • Work with the space weather team to implement new methods in real-time operations.
  • Conduct related science research leading to peer-reviewed publications.
  • Write and present technical reports, publish in research journals, attend conferences and help write grant applications.

What You Should Know

CIRES commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

This position is rostered in CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder, but will physically work in the David Skaggs Research Center (NOAA), 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO, 80305, a Federal facility. You must be able to pass a federal security check to be granted access to the building.

Due to U.S. Export Control restrictions, this position is only open to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

What We Can Offer

CIRES 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, Space Physics, or Atmospheric Science.
  • U. S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident status.

What You Will Need

  • Excellent technical skills and experience analyzing and calibrating science datasets.
  • Ability to independently develop innovative solutions for complex scientific problems.
  • Expertise in scientific code development in languages including Python and IDL.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team on multiple parallel projects.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Expertise in time series and spectral data analysis.
  • An understanding of the design and calibration of optical instrumentation.

Special Instructions

To 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 references: the names, professional titles, and contact information of those who are familiar with your qualifications and work history.
  4. One (1) confidential Letter of Recommendation (LOR) will be required, if you are a short-listed candidate or the finalist, depending on the selection process. Please contact your LOR writer in advance, that they should expect to receive an email about submitting the letter. It may be someone who you have already named on your “List of References.”
Your degree will be verified by CU Boulder Campus HR. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated, certified version as an optional attachment.

Full consideration will be given to applications received by April 30, 2019.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs

Posting Contact Name: Janet Machol

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer