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CIRES/ NOAA CSL Instrument Software Engineer Professional Research Assistant

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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 seeking an Associate Scientist to join the Atmospheric Composition and Chemical Processes (ACCP) group of the NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL). The ACCP group builds and adapts instruments to make aerosol and gas-phase composition measurements for studying atmospheric processes related to climate and air quality. We deploy these instruments on airborne platforms ranging from small balloons and UAVs (drones) to large (e.g. NOAA P-3 and NASA DC-8) and high-altitude (e.g. NASA WB-57 and Global Hawk) research aircraft, as well as in ground-based networks. 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  being developed and already in use for laboratory and field atmospheric research. The candidate will assist in instrument hardware development and participate in the deployment of instruments during field measurement operations domestically and abroad. 

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

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 the scientific and societal understanding of th 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 the 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

  • 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.
  • Contact Joseph Katich ( of CIRES for further information concerning this position.

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. Within the ACCP group, you will be part of a collaborative and encouraging team with extensive experience and success carrying out atmospheric measurements from the boundary layer to the stratosphere. CIRES offers 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 for hardware (e.g. using C, C++, LabView)
  • Able to travel for field deployments (occasionally, up to several weeks at a time)

What You Will Need

  • Eagerness to learn and apply new skills and programming languages
  • Excellent organizational skills and logical thinking ability
  • Ability to work as a team member on multiple parallel projects. 

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Analog and digital electronic's experience.
  • Experience with the design and/or operation of sophisticated scientific instrumentation.

Special Instructions

Please include the following materials with your application:

  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 3 references: the names, professional titles, and contact information of those who are familiar with your qualifications and work history. You don't need to include letters of recommendations at the time of application. If you are identified as a finalist, we will request those at a later time. 

Your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department.  If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated, certified version as an optional attachment "Copy of Degree".

Full consideration will be given to applications received by July 15 2020, and review of applications will continue until the position is 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: Joseph Katich

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