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CIRES/NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory Aerosol Scientist

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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), University of Colorado Boulder, is encouraging applications for an aerosol scientist within the Global Monitoring Laboratory (GML) of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratories (ESRL) in Boulder, Colorado. The scientist will help operate the NOAA/GML Federated Aerosol Network (NFAN). The researcher will be employed at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder. The researcher will work alongside federal and university employees engaged in research examining the Earth’s surface radiation budget and climate forcing properties of atmospheric constituents at long-term, international sites as part of the NFAN and NOAA/GML Radiation Networks.

Their research will improve the scientific understanding of aerosol optical properties and the atmospheric impacts of wildfires related to aerosol optical properties and aerosol feedbacks in the climate system. They will use in-situ aerosol observations to evaluate aerosol output and aerosol feedbacks from climate models. 

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.

Global Monitoring Laboratory:

Our mission is to conduct research that addresses three major challenges: greenhouse gas and carbon cycle feedbacks, fundamental understanding between clouds, aerosols, and surface radiation, and recovery of stratospheric ozone.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Provide support for NFAN operations to maintain high quality data flow. This includes data evaluation, travel to sites for instrument calibration and maintenance, testing instruments and instrument systems in the laboratory.
  • Within the GML Aerosol Program, work closely with GML scientists and US and international partners in the NFAN to characterize means, variability, and trends of climate-forcing properties of different types of aerosols, and to understand the factors and processes that control these properties.
  • Using in-situ aerosol data, satellite data, and ensembles of Earth system weather and climate model output, develop a better understanding of aerosol forcings and feedbacks on the climate system.
  • Develop and optimize procedures to evaluate/compare in-situ measurements of aerosols made by GML with chemical transport models, numerical weather, and climate models. This requires analysis of large, multi-parameter data sets, interacting with other investigators including atmospheric measurement researchers and climate modelers.
  • Present findings at scientific meetings and publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  • Propose new research topics, and, if necessary, write proposals for funding of these new activities.

What You Should Know

  • This position will be hosted in CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder, but will be physically situated in the NOAA ESRL David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305, on a federal research campus. 
  • Selected finalists will be required to pass a federal background check for site access.
  • Contact Dr. Betsy Andrews (, hiring supervisor, for further information concerning this position.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

  • CIRES can offer a generous compensation package.
  • The annual hiring salary range for this position is $65,000- $90,000. Salary is commensurate with education and experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track classification.
  • Relocation funds are available for this position following CIRES 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. degree in Atmospheric Science, Meteorology, Chemical, or Physical Sciences, environmental engineering/sciences, or related field is required.
  • Hands-on experience with aerosol measurements and instrumentation is required
  • Statistics and programming experience, preferably in Python or R, is required.
  • Experience in handling large scientific data sets, including strong data analysis skills, is required.

What You Will Need

  • A solid understanding of aerosol/radiation interactions and feedbacks is required.
  • Willingness to actively engage with the modeling community to evaluate and improve the models using GML measurements is required.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience using, and a demonstrated knowledge of, the methods, limitations, and necessary corrections of in-situ aerosol instruments is desirable.
  • A strong publication record that includes first author publications is desirable. 

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 professional references (name, title, professional relationship, email) who may be contacted on your behalf for a professional reference. You don’t need to include letters of recommendation with your initial application. If you are selected as a finalist for this role, the search committee will request 2 letters of recommendation at a later time.  

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: Dr. Betsy Andrews

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