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CIRES / NOAA NCEI Marine Geophysicist Research 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) at the University of Colorado in Boulder has an opening for a Marine Geophysicist, experienced in collecting and working with multibeam bathymetric, seafloor backscatter, and/or along-track geophysical data, to join a team of CIRES and Federal scientists supporting data stewardship, dataset enhancement, scientific research, and new product development.

This scientist will take advantage of the treasure trove of seafloor data stewarded by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) over the last 50 years. They will provide advice and guidance on marine geophysical data management, test systems designed to manage and deliver these data to the public, lead new product development, and pursue new program opportunities.

We seek candidates who will develop and grow an outstanding research program at CIRES / NCEI, one that will contribute to ongoing national and international seafloor mapping initiatives, such as the Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project and the National Strategy for Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the United States Exclusive Economic Zone (NOMEC Strategy). We welcome a full range of expertise and approaches, from focused product creation to wide-ranging innovative techniques like AI/ML application development.

This effort directly supports the Ocean and Coastal Mapping Integration Act and the Memorandum on Ocean Mapping of the United States Exclusive Economic Zone and the Shoreline and Nearshore of Alaska.

This position is located at NOAA NCEI, David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado, and supports the CIRES Research Theme of Advance Modeling and Observing Systems. NCEI is a part of the US Department of Commerce, NOAA, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service. NCEI’s mission is to provide scientific stewardship of and timely access to global geophysical data from satellites and other sources to promote, protect, and enhance the Nation’s economy, security, environment, and quality of life.

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

NOAA NCEI is responsible for hosting and providing access to one of the most significant archives on Earth, with comprehensive oceanic, atmospheric, and geophysical data. From the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun and from million-year-old sediment records to near real-time satellite images, NCEI is the Nation’s leading authority for environmental information. This includes: multibeam bathymetric and seafloor reflectance data; along-track gravity, magnetic, and sub-bottom profile data; and seafloor geologic sample information that are acquired by NOAA, academia, and national and international agencies.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Conduct use-inspired and self-directed research in seafloor science, with an emphasis on marine geophysical and bathymetric data, and develop new, innovative science products.
  • Collaborate with researchers in other national labs, government, academia, industry and international groups.
  • Communicate scientific results via peer-reviewed publications and presentations at scientific meetings.
  • Integrate marine geophysical data from a variety of sources to develop documented, scientifically based, value-added, blended, and derived products to address community gaps and needs.
  • Test and advise on tools and processes to manage, document, and deliver marine geophysical data to the scientific community and the public.
  • Increase the visibility, use, and value of NCEI’s marine geophysical data archive and services to NOAA and a wider audience outside the field, ranging from hazards scientists to resource managers and decision makers.

What You Should Know

  • Given project deliverables, candidates need to be able to start work by September 1, 2024.
  • Visa sponsorship is not offered for this position.
  • Candidates must be able to work in the U.S on a full-time basis at the time of application.
  • This position requires occasional travel.
  • 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.
  • The selected finalist will be required to pass a federal background check for site access. Non-US citizens without green cards will have limited building access, and require an escort in the building.

What We Can Offer

  • CIRES offers a generous and comprehensive compensation package.
  • The annual hiring salary range for this position is $72,000 - $110,000. 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.
  • This position can accommodate a hybrid work modality.
  • 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.
  • CIRES and the University of Colorado Boulder offer a robust training curriculum, opportunities for professional development and a Mentorship Program.


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 relevant scientific subject area (e.g., marine geophysics, geological oceanography, environmental science)
  • At least 3 years of experience in working with marine geophysical data including collecting, processing, analyzing, assessing, and interpreting data

What You Will Need

  • Ability to work well in a diverse team and to build strong interpersonal relationships that facilitate cross-team knowledge sharing
  • Commitment to doing service-based scientific research and informatics development work
  • Willingness to lead initiatives that move CIRES and NCEI forward
  • Strong problem solving skills, attention to detail, organizational skills, and passion for collaborating with others
  • Desire to actively participate in the scientific community, including the organization of sessions, workshops and meetings, disseminating results through published papers or other relevant forms, and writing proposals
  • Excellent English verbal and written communication skills, demonstrated through peer-reviewed articles and oral presentations

What We Would Like You to Have

Please note that while the position details both required skills and desired skills, applicants do not need to have all of the desired skills and experience listed in this section. If you meet the minimum qualifications, have passion for the work, along with experience in a related field, you are encouraged to apply. We provide on-the-job training for any additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the position.

  • Creative ideas for producing derived data products or integrating diverse datasets
  • Interest in demonstrating AI/ML techniques
  • Demonstrated competence, either individually or as a member of a team, in the pursuit and support of scientific research
  • Experience writing proposals and managing grants
  • Experience using GIS software and/or cloud-based systems
  • Experience in a leadership or supervisory role
  • Interest in communicating research results to non-specialist or non-scientific audiences
  • Strong desire to learn and apply new skills and technologies in a rapidly evolving environment

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. You don’t need to include letters of recommendation with your application. If you are identified as a finalist, you will be asked to provide 3 letters of recommendation at a later time.

If you are selected as a finalist, your degree will be verified by CU Boulder Campus HR 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 close July 4, 2024.

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: Barry Eakins

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