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CIRES/ NOAA GML Post-Doctoral 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) is seeking a Post-Doctoral Associate to support a new, NOAA-funded, research project. This project will use long-term measurements from NOAA’s Global Monitoring Laboratory's (GML) Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network, NOAA aircraft campaigns, and TROPOMI satellite greenhouse gas measurements to fully quantify the impact of COVID-19 on US non-CO2 Greenhouse Gas emissions. This project team is composed of scientists from NOAA/GML, NOAA/CSL, the US EPA, and a research group from John’s Hopkins University. This Post-Doctoral Associate will work closely with project team members to ensure the progress and success of this project. Specifically, they will conduct HYSPLIT transport simulations to generate footprints for the atmospheric measurements mentioned above to support in-situ and satellite inversion analyses. They will also analyze the atmospheric measurements and emission results from atmospheric inverse modeling and US GHG inventories to quantify the COVID-19 impacts. We will also expect the selected candidate to summarize these scientific findings, present them to other project team members and in scientific conferences, and publish them in peer-reviewed journals.

This position duration is for two years, with the possibility of extension based on performance and the availability of funding.

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.

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What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Learn to conduct HYSPLIT transport simulations using NOAA supercomputers and parallelize these processes to increase computing efficiency.
  • Analyze atmospheric trace gas measurements and emissions derived from atmospheric inverse modeling and inventory methods for quantifying COVID-19 on US national and regional non-CO2 greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Discuss progress regularly with other project members.
  • Present key research findings at national and international conferences.
  • Publish results in peer-reviewed journals.

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 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

  • 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 $58,000 - $62,000.
  • Relocation funds are available for this position following CIRES's 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

  • Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences, oceanography, environmental sciences, geosciences, chemistry, statistics, data sciences, computer sciences or other quantitative science or engineering fields.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct data analyses and communicate results to the scientific community via peer-reviewed publications and presentations.
  • Proficiency in computer programming in python or MATLAB.

What You Will Need

  • Familiarity with Linux environment and basic Linux line commands.
  • Proven ability to work independently and in a team.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Atmospheric transport modeling.
  • Processing and analyzing atmospheric trace gas data from in situ or satellite measurements.
  • An understanding of emission inventories.
  • Knowledge of inverse modeling.
  • Parallel computing.
  • Experience with supercomputing.

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. You don’t need to include letters of recommendation with your initial application. The search committee will request letters of recommendation at a later time if you are identified as a finalist for this role.
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.

The position will be open until filled. 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: Lei Hu

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