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CIRES/NOAA CSD Instrumentation Specialist

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

Our group develops world-class instrumentation to measure the properties of fine particles in the atmosphere. We deploy these instruments on aircraft and field sites such as mountaintop observatories. This position is a terrific opportunity for the person who really loved building and programming the instrumentation they used during their graduate work in a physical science or engineering. 

The successful candidate will work at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The work will be at the U. S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – Earth System Research Laboratory/Chemical Sciences Division (NOAA ESRL/CSD) alongside a number of federal and university employees engaged in research examining the health and climate forcing properties of atmospheric aerosols and clouds. The job requires continuing and expanding a research program regarding the optical and climate properties of aerosol particles.

The hire will be made at the level of an Associate Scientist I or II or Research Scientist I, depending on degree and experience. Salary will be commensurate with experience, along with a generous benefits package. 

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.

Earth System Research Laboratory, Chemical Sciences Division:

Our mission is to advance scientific understanding of three major environmental and societal issues of our time: climate, air quality, and stratospheric ozone layer through atmospheric research on the chemical and related physical processes that affect Earth’s atmospheric composition.

Our vision of the future is a nation that has the needed scientific understanding and information about our atmosphere (environmental intelligence) to make optimal decisions in the interests of the well being of current and future generations.

Integral to CSD's work is ensuring that governments, the public, and industry can access our scientific findings. We provide explanations of our research in user-friendly, policy-relevant formats, which may be used to help develop informed decisions.

CSD's work to advance the scientific understanding of atmospheric chemical processes is essential for understanding and predicting changes in Earth's environment – the heart of NOAA's mission.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Develop instrumentation to measure the optical and chemical properties of aerosols, especially aircraft operation, sampling strategies, and data acquisition.
  • Design and construct calibration systems for those instruments.
  • Independently operate these instruments, calibration systems, and other instruments in the laboratory and the field. 
  • Occasional (about once per year) travel for several weeks at a time is required.
  • Analyze and interpret data collected by these instruments.
  • For hires at the Research Scientist level, present results at scientific meetings and publish them in peer-reviewed literature.

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 need to be able to pass a Federal security clearance to access the building. The position is rostered in CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder campus, but the position will be situated at the David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO, 80305, a NOAA Federal Laboratory facility.

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

  • Master’s Degree in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, or a closely related field. 
  • Expertise in at least two of the following: 
    • Data acquisition software such as Labview
    • Computational flow modeling 
    • Mechanical design of scientific instrumentation 
    • Aerosol physics
  • Demonstrated ability for self-guided, motivated and original instrumentation development and research. We are looking for someone who has experience that goes beyond just using standard commercial instrumentation.
  • For hires as a Research Scientist, demonstrated record of publication in high-quality, peer-reviewed scientific journals.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • PhD in Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, or a closely related field. A PhD is required for a Research Scientist.

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 contact information for 3 references who may be contacted about your work history and qualifications. 
  4. One (1) confidential Letter of Recommendation will be required for those who are short-listed, or who is identified as 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. This referee may also be someone who you have used on your "List of References."

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.

This 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 Information

Posting Contact Name: Karl Froyd

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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.