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CIRES/NOAA CSL Temporary Researcher - Atmospheric Chemical Mechanism Developer

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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 Temporary Researcher within NOAA’s Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL) in Boulder, Colorado. The successful candidate will work in the Regional Chemical Modeling program alongside a number of federal and university employees engaged in research developing and using 3D atmospheric chemistry models to better understand processes aimed at improving air quality, weather, and climate prediction. 

This position requires continuing and expanding research improving chemical mechanisms in 3D atmospheric chemistry models for volatile organic compounds including those from emerging sources such as volatile chemical products to better understand urban air pollution. CSL has a collaborative lab culture, and we are looking for a candidate who actively subscribes to this philosophy. Successful candidates will demonstrate competency and sensitivity in working in a diverse community.

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 the Earth system.

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What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Perform atmospheric chemistry 3D modeling simulations using WRF-Chem (Weather Research and Forecasting – Chemistry).
  • Update chemical mechanisms and processes within WRF-Chem.
  • Evaluate the model results against observations from past aircraft campaigns.
  • Interpret WRF-Chem model output to improve understanding of urban air pollution.
  • Present results at scientific meetings and publish them in peer-reviewed literature.

What You Should Know

  • This is a temporary position with term dates of January 1, 2022 to August 15, 2022.
  • 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 you are the selected finalist you will be required to pass a federal laboratory 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 ranked as number two of the best places to live in the US. 

What We Can Offer

  • The hourly rate range for this Temporary Researcher position is $20.00/hour - $23.00/hour.
  • No relocation expenses or benefits are available for this position.
  • Temporary positions at the University of Colorado are not benefits-eligible, however, all positions are eligible for paid sick leave.


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 chemistry, physics, atmospheric sciences, environmental engineering, or a closely related field.

What You Will Need

  • Experience in 3D atmospheric chemistry modeling. Specific examples that are desired include the following:
    • Performing 3D atmospheric chemistry model simulations preferably using WRF-Chem
    • Evaluating model output against observations (e.g., surface monitoring, satellite, and/or aircraft)
    • Developing and implementing new code into 3D atmospheric chemistry models and/or willingness to learn.
    • Troubleshooting and resolving problems with models.
    • Interpreting 3D atmospheric chemistry model output to improve understanding of air quality and/or atmospheric composition.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment with a diverse group of scientists.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience using, developing, and evaluating WRF-chem.
  • Experience with programing and data analysis using Python, Fortran, Matlab, IDL, NCL, or other similar languages.
  • Experience with Github or willingness to learn.
  • Commitment to supporting an inclusive laboratory.
  • The ability to work in a team and participate in the development of original research projects.
  • A record demonstrating the ability to communicate science through publication and conference presentations.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. A current resume. 
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
Applications received by October 18, 2021 will receive full consideration. 

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Rebecca Schwantes

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