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CIRES/CSD Instrument Software Engineer Professional Research Assistant

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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 is seeking an Associate Scientist to join the Atmospheric Composition and Chemical Processes group of the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory/Chemical Sciences Division (ESRL/CSD). Within this group, the Associate Scientist will work closely with a team of federal and CIRES scientists to design and implement data acquisition, control and communication software for a variety of custom research instruments that are used for laboratory and field atmospheric research, assist in instrument hardware development, and participate in deployment of instruments during field measurement operations. The ACCP group builds and adapts instruments that we fly on airborne platforms ranging from small balloons and UAVs (drones) to large (e.g. NASA DC-8) and high-altitude (e.g. NASA WB-57 and Global Hawk) aircraft to make aerosol and gas-phase composition measurements for studying atmospheric processes related to climate and air quality.

We seek an individual with experience in data acquisition and control programming utilizing microprocessors and/or industrial controllers. A Bachelor’s Degree or higher is required, preferably in an engineering field, computer science, physics, atmospheric science or similar, and the ideal candidate would have experience with electronics and/or scientific instrumentation, be able to communicate effectively, and work independently as well as collaboratively within a group.

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

  • Work closely with a team of federal and CIRES scientists to develop and implement data acquisition, instrument control and communication software
  • Assist in design and construction of custom research instruments
  • Support maintenance of existing instruments
  • Support deployment of instrumentation during field missions (some travel required)

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 physically work in the David Skaggs Research Center (DSRC) at 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO, 80305.  Applicant must be able to pass the federal security check to access the DSRC which is a Federal Laboratory facility.

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

  • A Bachelor’s Degree or higher in Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Atmospheric Science or related field
  • Experience with programming (C, C++, or similar)
  • Ability to work as a team member on multiple projects in parallel
  • Able to travel for field deployments (occasionally, up to several weeks at a time)

What You Will Need

  • Excellent organizational skills and logical thinking ability
  • Eagerness to learn and apply new skills

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Analog and digital electronics
  • LabView programming
  • Design and/or operation of complex scientific instrumentation

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. Contact information for 3 references who would be willing to write a letter of recommendation for you if you are selected as a finalist for the position.
    • One (1) confidential Letter of Recommendation will be requested if you are short-listed, or the finalist, depending on the selection process. It is important that your referees are prepared in advance to expect an email from CU Boulder Campus HR requesting that the letter be uploaded through the link provided in the email. The confidential Letter of Recommendation is mandatory and no offer of employment can be made without it. This will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.
If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by CU Boulder Campus HR using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

Position will remain 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 Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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