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CIRES/CSD Physical Research Scientist - Laser-Based Instrumentation

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Scientist to work on laser-based instrumentation for measurement of atmospheric constituents. This position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Earth System Research Laboratory Chemical Science Division (NOAA/ESRL/CSD) in Boulder, Colorado. The selected candidate will work primarily on developing fiber laser systems for spectroscopic detection of atmospheric trace gases. She or he will be expected to work independently and in collaboration with researchers in CSD and collaborators at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to improve upon existing ultraviolet single-frequency fiber-based laser systems for deployment on mobile platforms including aircraft. The goal of this work is the routine measurement of concentrations and isotopic composition of sulfur dioxide and nitric oxide throughout the troposphere and lower stratosphere.

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.

Chemical Sciences Division

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Participation in the design, construction, and testing of fiber laser systems and atmospheric analytical instrumentation.
  • Participation in field missions to make atmospheric measurements. Field missions often require up to several weeks at deployment sites.
  • Preparation of data and itsinterpretation for presentation at scientific meetings and for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

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.

What We Can Offer

CIRES can offer a competitive compensation package.  Salary is 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

  • PhD in physics, chemistry, or related field.
  • Knowledge of laser physics and experience in the design and construction of fiber lasers and amplifiers.
  • Knowledge and experience with nonlinear optics and nonlinear optical frequency conversion.
  • Experience in the design of geometric optical systems and stray-light reduction.
  • Interest in building and using custom instrumentation to make measurements in the atmosphere. A background in atmospheric science is desirable but not required.
  • Knowledge of UV/visible molecular absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy.
  • A record of presentation of scientific results at conferences and publication in scientific journals.

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 will be willing to write a confidential Letter of Recommendation for you. 
    • Should you be short-listed or the finalist, only 1 letter will be required. In advance, please notify your references that you have listed them as possibly providing a Letter of Recommendation. If a Letter of Recommendation is needed for your application, you will receive an email from the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department, asking you to specify which one of the references you would like to be contacted. Your reference will receive the email from CU Boulder Campus Human Resources, and then the reference will be able to upload the Letter of Recommendation through the link provided in the email.This process is time-sensitive and it is important to inform the reference to upload the letter as quickly as possible. This Letter of Recommendation will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.
If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department 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. Full consideration will be given to applicants who apply by March 31, 2019.

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

Posting Contact Name: Nancy Lathrop

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