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CIRES/ NOAA NCEI Paleoclimatology 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 Boulder is seeking a Research Scientist to work with the Paleoclimatology team at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). The successful applicant will conduct use-inspired research in paleoclimatology or paleoenvironmental science and will provide expert guidance for the operational and development activities of the World Data Service for Paleoclimatology (WDS-Paleo). The WDS-Paleo is the world’s primary long-term repository for paleoclimate data, archiving data from numerous sources and making them publicly available for understanding and modeling environmental variability on time-scales beyond what is possible from the instrumental record. In addition to managing the WDS-Paleo, the NCEI Paleoclimatology team develops authoritative, scientific products to enhance decision-making, research, and discovery, and partners with national and international science initiatives to expand the use of paleoclimatic data.

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:

National Centers for Environmental Information, World Data Service for Paleoclimatology website:

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Conduct use-inspired and self-directed research in paleoclimatology or paleoenvironmental science, with an emphasis on one or more of the following NOAA or NCEI priorities: climate extremes, climate indicators, climate modeling, data assimilation, fire, hydroclimate, or quantitative climate reconstructions.
  • Communicate scientific results via peer-reviewed publications and presentations at scientific meetings.
  • Provide subject matter expertise for operational data ingest and development of improved data access capabilities for the WDS-Paleo.
  • Develop and apply metadata and data standards that advance data stewardship for the WDS-Paleo.
  • Interact with user groups of the WDS-Paleo, including researchers, other government agencies, resource managers, and the general public.
  • Increase the visibility and use of paleo data across NOAA and to a wider audience outside the field, ranging from climate scientists to resource managers and decision-makers.
  • Contribute to project management and strategic planning for the Paleoclimatology Team.
  • Serve as the CIRES lead for the Paleoclimatology Team, including reporting and budgeting responsibilities for NOAA Cooperative Agreement funding.

What You Should Know

  • 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 $65,000 to $90,000.
  • 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. in paleoclimatology or a related field is required, such as geosciences, atmospheric science, oceanography, geography, or environmental sciences.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to work well in a team and to build strong interpersonal relationships that facilitate cross-team knowledge sharing.
  • Commitment to doing service-based scientific research and informatics development work.
  • Experience organizing, documenting, integrating, and analyzing paleoclimatic or paleoenvironmental data.
  • Strong communication skills, demonstrated through peer-reviewed articles and oral presentations.
  • General understanding of multiple paleoclimate proxies and reconstruction techniques.
  • Interest in communicating research results to non-specialist or non-scientific audiences.
  • Experience with programming, such as in R, Python, MATLAB, or SQL.

What We Would Like You To Have

Please note that while the position details both required skills above as well as desired skills and experience below, we want applicants to be aware that they do not need to have all of the desired skills and experience to be considered for this position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, have passion for the work, along with experience in a related field, you are encouraged to apply. We encourage on-the-job training for any additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the position.

  • Experience generating paleoclimatic or paleoenvironmental data.
  • General understanding of relational databases.
  • Knowledge of metadata standards and formats such as DIF, ISO, and SKOS.
  • Experience supervising or working with students and professional research staff.
  • Experience writing proposals, managing grants, and fulfilling requirements of funding agencies.
  • Ability to contribute to a diverse and inclusive workforce.
  • Post-doctoral experience is preferred, but not required.

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 remain 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: Barry Eakins

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