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CIRES/ NOAA CSL Atmospheric Cloud/Radiation Modeler

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder is encouraging applications for a Research Scientist to join the Clouds, Aerosol, & Climate group of the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory’s Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL). Within this group, the CIRES Research Scientist will work closely with a team of NOAA and CIRES scientists to study boundary layer clouds and radiation using high resolution simulations and radiative transfer models, and observations from field campaigns and satellites. This is a multi-year project, contingent on performance.

A doctoral degree is required in atmospheric science, physics, engineering, or a related field. The ideal candidate would have experience with high resolution (large eddy) simulations of clouds as well as with radiative transfer models. The Research Scientist should communicate effectively and must be able to work independently as well as collaboratively within a group.

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

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 Laboratory (CSL) of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratories, 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 NOAA and CIRES scientists to advance the understanding of boundary layer clouds and radiation.
  • Apply high resolution (large eddy) simulations and radiative transfer models for the study of boundary layer clouds, in the context of the NOAA ATOMIC field campaign and the ASRE (Atmospheric Science for Renewable Energy) project.
  • Report on this research in scientific conferences and in peer-reviewed publications.

What You Should Know

  • 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.
  • If selected as the finalist, you will be required to pass a federal laboratory background clearance for site access.
  • 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 can offer a generous compensation package. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track classification.
  • The annual hiring salary range for this position is $60,000 - $83,000.
  • Relocation funds 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 doctoral degree in atmospheric science, physics, engineering, or a related field.
  • Research experience in physical meteorology, cloud processes, and radiation.
  • Experience in the operation of large eddy simulations of clouds and/or of atmospheric radiative transfer models.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to learn and apply new skills.
  • Eagerness to advance scientific understanding using simulations and observations.
  • Willingness to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Outstanding ability to communicate results in both written and oral form.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience analyzing atmospheric data sets (such as in-situ aircraft measurements and satellite retrievals).
  • Experience with data analysis/visualization applications (e.g. Python, NCL, IDL, MatLab, or similar).
  • Experience with statistical evaluations of large, multi-dimensional datasets.

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.
  4. Please notify your references in advance that you have listed them as possibly providing a letter of recommendation. If you are selected as a finalist, only 1 letter will be required. 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 an email from CU Boulder Campus Human Resources and be asked to upload the letter of recommendation through the link provided in the email. This letter will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.

If selected for the position, 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.

The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified. Applications will be reviewed 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: Jan Kazil

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