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CIRES/CSD Doppler Lidar Researcher

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute of Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) is looking for a research scientist to work in the Chemical Sciences Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA/CSD) in Boulder, Colorado. The selected candidate will carry out remote-sensing-based boundary layer research, analyze data, develop new research goals and strategies, and assist with installation and monitoring of Doppler lidar systems deployed for various field campaigns.

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.

In the Chemical Sciences Division (CSD) of the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, researchers build instruments to make precise 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

  • Perform data analysis of the lidar measurements to produce various dynamical products, such as wind profiles, dissipation profiles, turbulence kinetic energy profiles, mixed layer height.  Investigate development of new or improved products.
  • Collaborate with modeling community to use lidar measurements for model improvement.
  • Use measurements for various boundary layer research studies.  Collaborate with other researchers within and outside CSD.
  • Publish research in peer-reviewed journals and present at scientific meeting and conferences.
  • Participate in the deployment of Doppler lidar systems in CSD for various field campaigns, monitor performance, design optimal measurement strategies, and ensure continuous operation.

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 will be rostered in CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder, but will be physically situated in the David Skaggs Research Center (a NOAA Federal Laboratory), 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305.  If you are the finalist you will be required to pass a background clearance for site access.

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, along with a generous benefits package.


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

  • PhD in Physics, Atmospheric Science, or related field.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform boundary layer research, publish in peer-reviewed journals, and present at national/international conferences.
  • 1-3 years of professional experience (or experience obtained through academic training) in data analysis and programming (matlab and IDL ideal).
  • 1-3 years of professional experience (or experience obtained through academic training) with deployment and operation of Doppler lidar systems desirable.
  • Ability to work well in teams, be self-driven and meet deadlines.

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.
    • 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.
Full consideration will be given to applications received by May 31, 2019, or 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 Name: Yelena Pichugina

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