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CIRES/ NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory, Postdoctoral Associate in Laboratory Kinetics and Photochemistry

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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 a Postdoctoral researcher to join the Chemical Processes and Instrument Development group ( of NOAA’s Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL). Within this group, the CIRES Postdoc will work closely with a team of NOAA and CIRES scientists to perform laboratory kinetic and photochemical studies of proposed replacement compounds, species emitted from wildfires, e.g., furanoids and phenols, and trace species impacting air quality. For a research perspective visit the CPID publication list at This is a multi-year project, contingent on performance.

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

CIRES is an internationally recognized leader in innovative environmental science and research and is located at the University of Colorado Boulder. At CIRES, more than 950 environmental science professionals work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES has partnered with NOAA since 1967, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, solid Earth sciences, and more. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

The mission of the NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL) is to advance scientific understanding of the chemical and physical processes that affect Earth’s atmospheric composition. CSL’s vision is a nation that has the needed scientific understanding and information about atmospheric composition to make optimal decisions for the well-being of current and future generations.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Work closely with a team of NOAA and CIRES scientists to advance the understanding of the atmospheric chemical and physical processing of replacement compounds and species emitted from wildfires.
  • Assist in the design laboratory experiments, perform experiments, and interpret data.
  • Report on this research in scientific conferences and in peer-reviewed publications.

What You Should Know

  • This is a 2-year position with the possibility of extension based on performance and the availability of funding.
  • This position will be rostered in CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder but will be physically situated in the NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory located within 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.
  • Non-US citizens without green cards may have limited building access and require an escort in the building.

What We Can Offer

  • CIRES offers a generous compensation package.
  • The annual hiring salary range for this position is $64,000 - $68,000. Salary is commensurate with education and years of experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track classification.
  • Some relocation funds are available for this role following CIRES and the University of Colorado Boulder’s rules and regulations for relocation reimbursement.
  • This position can accommodate a hybrid work modality in accordance with project needs.
  • CIRES and the University of Colorado Boulder offer a robust training curriculum, opportunities for professional development and a Mentorship Program.
  • 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 ranked as one of the top places to live in the U.S. by U.S. News.
  • As an employee at CU Boulder, you receive a pass allowing free access to the regional public transit system, which is an outstanding network of buses and light rail systems that provide service within Boulder and connect to Denver, the Denver airport, and surrounding communities.


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 chemistry, chemical-physics, atmospheric science, physics, or a related field.
  • Research experience in time resolved and relative rate chemical kinetics and photochemistry.
  • Experience in performing and interpreting laboratory experiments.
  • Experience with pulsed lasers and data acquisition systems.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to learn and apply new skills.
  • Eagerness to advance scientific understanding.
  • Willingness to work both independently and collaboratively in an inclusive team environment.
  • Strong ability to communicate results in both written and oral form.

What We Would Like You to Have

We invite applicants to apply even if they do not have the preferred skills and experience outlined in this section. If you meet the minimum qualifications and have passion for the work, you are encouraged to apply. We encourage on-the-job training for any additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the position.

  • Experience with mass spectrometry (quad and ToF instruments).
  • Experience with gas chromatography.
  • Experience with infrared spectroscopy.
  • Experience with laser induced fluorescence and resonance fluorescence techniques.

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. Although not required at the time of application, please be ready to submit information for 3 professional references (must include at least 1 supervisor). If you are identified as a finalist for this role, you will be asked to invite your references to complete a SkillSurvey questionnaire on your behalf. SkillSurvey is an online reference check solution. All information is kept confidential and shared only with the search committee members.

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.

This position will remain open until finalists have been identified. Applications will be screened 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: Jeffrey Peischl

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