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CIRES/ NOAA GML Technology Transfer, Engineering and Applications (TTEA) AirCore Program Postdoctoral 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 Postdoctoral Associate to support the NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory's (GML) Technology Transfer, Engineering and Applications (TTEA) AirCore Program. The AirCore Program is part of the larger NOAA Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network (GGGRN), an international measurement effort that includes regular discrete sampling from the NOAA/GML baseline observatories and cooperative fixed sites, as well as mobile airborne and ship-based platforms. The TTEA AirCore Program is focused on long-term monitoring of greenhouse and trace gases from the surface to the stratosphere – via balloons and small UAS – for detecting trends and potential changes in atmospheric composition and dynamics due to climate change, as well as for evaluating satellite retrievals and carbon model output. This position will support NOAA/GML/TTEA efforts within NOAA’s Earth Radiation Budget Initiative in conducting balloon-borne observations of baseline upper tropospheric/lower stratospheric composition.

This is a one-year position with the possibility of up to two additional years 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

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 Global Monitoring Laboratory (GML) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration conducts research that addresses three major challenges: greenhouse gas and carbon cycle feedbacks, changes in clouds, aerosols, and surface radiation, and recovery of stratospheric ozone.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Assist in the acquisition, analysis and quality control of measurements from balloon-based AirCore samples.
  • Interpret global in situ data and/or model output to better understand stratospheric composition and dynamics in a changing climate.
  • Assist with improving the techniques, procedures, and instrumentation used in the GGGRN, in particular with in situ vertical measurements of atmospheric CO2, CH4, CO, N2O, SF6, CFCs, Halons, and other trace gases.
  • Participate in the development of new instrumentation and measurement techniques for the AirCore balloon borne high-altitude sampling system.
  • Implement field work or campaigns on behalf of TTEA AirCore Program.
  • Publish papers in peer-reviewed journals and present results at scientific conferences.

What You Should Know

  • This is a one-year appointment, with the possibility of extension of up to two additional years 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.
  • Non-US citizens without green cards will have limited building access and require an escort in the building.
  • This position may require both foreign and domestic travel of up to 15% of the year, on average; candidates who apply may be required and be able to obtain a visa for field work in South America, Central America and/or Europe.
  • This position will require the ability to perform field and laboratory work, including the ability to participate in low physical activity like walking for field work and lifting and carrying items weighing up to 20 pounds.

What We Can Offer

  • We can offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.
  • The annual hiring salary range for this Post-Doctoral Associate position is $65,000 to $70,000.
  • Relocation funds are available for this role following CIRES's and the University of Colorado's processes and procedures.
  • This is a laboratory position requiring mostly in-person work. Some situational telework may be allowed after an initial period of training and at the discretion of the supervisor.
  • 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

  • Ph.D. in atmospheric physics or chemistry, oceanography, or a related field.
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience making high-accuracy, high precision measurements of trace gases, data QA/QC and archival with a measurement background that includes techniques such as gas chromatography and/or spectrometry. Experience completed during or as part of the Ph.D. program is acceptable. 

What You Will Need

  • Proficiency in computer programming in MATLAB, Python or R.
  • Ability to communicate proficiently in the English language both orally and in writing within a professional scientific environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and interpret atmospheric measurements and communicate results to the scientific community via peer-reviewed publications and presentations at scientific meetings.
  • Basic understanding of atmospheric dynamics.
  • Ability to participate in low physical activity like walking for field work; able to lift and carry 20 pounds.
  • Ability to participate in both foreign and domestic travel up to 15% of the year, on average, with the ability to obtain a visa for field work in South America, Central America and/or Europe.

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.

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully conduct work in a collaborative environment with a diverse group of scientists
  • Experience with conducting field measurements
  • Meticulous work ethic, and keen interest in laboratory studies and accurate analyses of air samples

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 5 references who will be willing to conduct a SkillSurvey for you if chosen as a final candidate. The search committee will request SkillSurveys 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.

This posting will close on June 6, 2024.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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Posting Contact Name: Fred Moore

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