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CIRES/NOAA PSL Ocean Data Analysis/Visualization Associate 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 CU Boulder encourages applications for an Associate Scientist position within the Physical Sciences Laboratory (PSL) of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratories (ESRL) in Boulder, Colorado. PSL and CIRES are participating in the NOAA “Climate-Fisheries initiative” to enhance access, analysis, and visualization of ocean data and model output. The chosen candidate will assist in the development of a centralized hub for climate and oceanographic information and the creation of new data portals for use in marine resource applications. The position will entail working with federal and university employees to build PSL’s data archive by downloading and processing large Earth System Model data sets and developing software that will enable users worldwide to access, analyze, and display the data. In addition, the individual may also participate in research projects contributing to publications and presentations. 

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

Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

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.

Physical Sciences Laboratory

Our mission is to conduct scientific research to observe, understand, model, predict and forecast weather, water and climate extremes and their impacts. An informed society that uses science-based environmental intelligence to effectively anticipate and respond to threats and opportunities related to weather, water and climate extremes. Our research goals are as follows:
  • Rigorously characterize and predict weather, water, and climate extremes and their uncertainties to support NOAA's mission.
  • Develop new process understanding, observing, and modeling capabilities to predict conditions associated with too much or too little water for early warning, preparedness, resource management, and adaptation.
  • Improve monitoring and prediction of weather, climate, and water conditions impacting marine resources.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Obtain, process, and document existing and new datasets, including in situ and satellite data, global and regional model simulations, and ocean reanalyses (which combines observations with model fields).
  • Evaluate data quality and the accuracy of ocean model simulations.
  • Develop software to analyze and visualize different types of data using modern programming languages.
  • Contribute to publications in scientific journals and conference presentations.

What You Should Know

  • If you are a selected finalist you will be required to pass a federal laboratory background clearance for site access.
  • 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.

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 $50,000- $85,000.
  • 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. 


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

  • BS degree in Oceanography, Atmospheric Science or a related field, AND at least two years of relevant experience or a MS or PhD in Oceanography, Atmospheric Science or a related field. 

What You Will Need

  • Ability to work as a team member.
  • Ability to contribute to a diverse and inclusive workforce.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Understanding of general aspects of oceanography.
  • Demonstrated experience working with large observational, reanalysis, or model datasets, such as analysis, visualization, and/or statistical evaluation.
  • Experience developing structured code in commonly used languages.

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. 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, we will contact you through email and request that you submit 1 name and email of a reference who will be asked to submit a letter of recommendation (can be one of the 3 noted above). This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.
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 (if applicable) as an optional attachment.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Position will remain posted until filled.

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: Cathy Smith

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