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CIRES/NOAA CSL Stratospheric Dynamics Research Associate

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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 CU Boulder encourages applications for a Research Scientist within the Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL) of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratories (ESRL) in Boulder, Colorado! The researcher will work alongside federal and university employees to characterize the relationship of large-scale atmospheric dynamics and teleconnections to surface climate and chemical transport. The researcher will analyze stratospheric dynamics, chemistry, and transport in different climate change and intervention model simulations. The researcher will be involved in developing model diagnostics to evaluate the role of stratosphere-troposphere coupling in NOAA’s Unified Forecast System.

We seek an individual with proven expertise in large-scale atmospheric dynamics on sub-seasonal to decadal timescales. It is also desired that the applicant has a record of publications in the peer-reviewed literature and experience communicating his/her research at scientific meetings. A Ph.D. in the field of atmospheric science, environmental science, or the equivalent is required as is experience with analysis of global climate model output. 

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, 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 CU 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 the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratories, researchers build instruments to make detailed 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.

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What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Analyze tracer transport in climate model simulations to understand how large-scale atmospheric processes and teleconnections influence stratosphere-to-troposphere transport of chemical constituents.
  • Analyze dynamics and stratospheric chemistry in climate intervention simulations.
  • Develop and/or test diagnostics for assessing stratosphere-troposphere coupling in sub-seasonal to seasonal forecast models.
  • Summarize results in scientific manuscripts and conference presentations.

What You Should Know

This position will be rostered in CIRES at CU Boulder but will be physically situated in the David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305. If you are the selected finalist you will be required to pass a federal laboratory background clearance for site access.

What We Can Offer

We can offer 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

  • Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences or a related field
  • Programming experience
  • Proven knowledge of large-scale atmospheric dynamics
  • Background in data analysis and statistics

What You Will Need

  • Excellent organizational skills and logical thinking ability
  • Ability to work as a team member in data analysis and interpretation of results

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience in manipulating large datasets (including model output)
  • Proven track record writing scientific journal articles and giving conference presentations

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. 
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 (if applicable).

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. 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: Claire Granier

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