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CIRES/ NOAA CSL Atmospheric Aerosol Research Scientist

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

We are seeking a Research Scientist to drive exciting research relevant to the Earth’s climate atmosphere, and specifically to work on obtaining and interpreting aircraft-based measurements of black carbon-containing aerosol. Black carbon is a radiatively active species with important global impacts on the Earth’s radiation budget, and is also valuable as a tracer of aerosol processes in the atmosphere. The selected candidate will work in close cooperation with an inclusive, supportive, and enthusiastic team of research staff in deploying customized single particle soot photometer (SP2) instruments to measure black carbon’s abundance and microphysical properties. We will fly the SP2s on research aircraft such as the NASA WB-57F and the NSF GV research aircraft. This position is focused on the ACCLIP field campaign, where NOAA will fly two SP2s on these aircraft out of Seoul, South Korea, in the summer. 

The successful applicant will learn to operate, calibrate, and maintain the SP2s, learn to use an existing software suite to analyze and quality assure data and analyze data for scientific findings that will be presented at meetings and in written manuscripts for publication in the peer-reviewed literature. Experience with instrumentation including trouble shooting, electronics, laser systems are helpful qualifications for this position.

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.

Who We Are

This university position is located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL) in Boulder, Colorado, and will be hired through the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at CU Boulder. The successful applicant will work with a team of both university and federal employees. At CIRES, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership between 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 Laboratory (CSL) of NOAA, researchers develop and use instruments to make scientifically valuable atmospheric 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

  • Maintain and calibrate SP2 instruments.
  • Support deployment of SP2 instruments on research aircraft as part of ACCLIP ( and ACCLIP will include field activities out of Houston, TX, and South Korea. Other locations, domestic or international, may also be used.
  • Process and analyze the data from this instrument from airborne missions. This requires interpretation of multi-parameter data sets, and interaction with other instrument investigators.
  • Present findings at scientific meetings and in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

What You Should Know

  • The position is available for a period of 1 year with the expectation of an extension for 1 additional year.
  • This position will be rostered in CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder, but will be physically situated in the David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305, on a federal research campus. If you are the finalist you will be required to pass a background clearance for site access.
  • Boulder is a vibrant community with access to mountain parks, dog parks, miles of trails, rivers, lakes, cafes, restaurants, boutiques, theaters, museums, and sports venues. Boulder was recently listed as number one of the “best places to live” in the US (
  • Boulder is located just 20 miles from Denver, which is a large, diverse city also ranked as one of the best places to live in the US.
  • As an employee at CU Boulder, the ECO Pass benefit mentioned below allows you to have free access to the public transit system, which is a fantastic network of buses and light rails that connect Boulder, Denver, the Denver airport, and surrounding communities.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

CIRES/NOAA provides an engaged and collaborative work environment and the opportunity to contribute to addressing scientific questions of societal relevance. Working within CSL, you will be part of a supportive team with extensive experience and success in carrying out atmospheric measurements from the boundary layer to the stratosphere. CIRES offers a competitive salary with a generous and comprehensive benefits package.

  • The annual hiring salary range for this position is $60,000- $83,000. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track classification.
  • Relocation expenses are available for this position following CIRES and the University of Colorado’s relocation processes and procedures.


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, chemistry, engineering, atmospheric science, or a related field. 

What You Will Need

Candidates will be assessed based on:

  • Knowledge of and experience with the operation and/or maintenance of complex instrumentation.
  • Experience with data interpretation for the presentation of scientific results at meetings and in scientific journals.
  • Capability for self-guided, motivated, and original research.
  • Ability to work well with other researchers and support staff in a diverse and collaborative research environment.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Knowledge of and experience with the operation of research-grade scientific equipment.
  • Excellent writing skills are highly desirable.
  • Ability to program and/or process scientific data using advanced programs such as Igor Pro, Matlab, R, or the like.

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. You don’t need to include letters of recommendation with your initial application. If you are identified as a finalist for this role, the search committee will request letters of recommendation at a later time.
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.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and position will remain posted until filled. 

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: Elizabeth Asher

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