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CIRES/ NOAA NCEI Research Scientist in Space Plasma Physics Research 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) at the University of Colorado Boulder has an immediate opening for a Research Scientist supporting NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) work related to the magnetometers (MAGs) on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Series-R (GOES-R) mission. The Space Weather Team within NCEI, is responsible for supporting NOAA’s space weather mission and for ensuring the operational and scientific utility of NOAA’s space environmental data. 

Our Scientist will be part of the CIRES-NCEI MAG team supporting all aspects of our GOES-R MAG efforts including pre- and post-launch calibration/validation activities, anomaly investigations and attending/contributing to technical meetings. They will also undertake scientific research and publish in journals and attend conferences. 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 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

  • Participate in pre- and post- launch instrument calibration/validation activities.
  • Participate in NOAA-NASA engineering technical meetings.
  • Investigate science data anomalies on-orbit and make recommendations.
  • Validate and calibrate on-orbit science data. 
  • Develop and present data product reviews to NOAA-NASA.
  • Undertake scientific research and publish in peer-review journals and at scientific conferences.

What You Should Know

The position will be located within the Solar-Terrestrial Physics Branch of the NCEI Center for Coasts, Oceans, and Geophysics (CCOG) at the David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado. The selected finalist will be required to pass a federal laboratory background clearance for site access.

Given the level of required security clearance for this position, U.S Citizenship or Permanent Residence (Green Card) is required. 

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. 


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

Please note that applicants do not need to have all the skills and experience from the "what we would like you to have" section to be considered for this position.  If you meet the requirements, you are encouraged to apply.  We encourage on-the-job training for any additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the position.
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residents (Green Card) is required. 
  • Ph.D. in Physics or similar Scientific or Engineering discipline.

What You Will Need

  • Experience analyzing time series data.
  • Experience programming in a scientific language (Python, Matlab, IDL or similar).
  • Ability to work within a team environment.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to contribute to a diverse and inclusive workforce.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Ph.D. in space plasma physics or a similar field.
  • Experience analyzing magnetometer data.
  • Experience working on spacecraft mission science or engineering teams.

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: Paul Loto'aniu

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