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Postdoctoral Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at CU Boulder encourages applications for a full-time Post-Doctoral Research Associate to be involved in the Chemical Assessments of Surfaces and Air (CASA) experiment. The CASA project is a collaborative indoor chemistry field campaign taking place in Spring 2022 at the NIST Net Zero Energy Residential Test Facility and involving multiple research groups from at least a dozen universities ( This position will be responsible for performing measurements of aerosol liquid water content during CASA, performing follow-up laboratory experiments if needed, analyzing data, and preparing presentations and manuscripts for publication based on this work.

This is a full-time position for two years with an anticipated start date of late Fall 2021. The post-doc will be working directly with Dr. Marina Vance, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Engineering at CU Boulder.

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.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Under the direction of the project’s faculty investigator, the Post-Doctoral Research Associate will contribute to data collection and management as well as the scientific aims of the research project, including but not limited to: 
  • Instrument deployment and operation during the CASA experiment in Maryland in Spring 2022.
  • Participating in the leadership of the study and interacting with other research groups during the CASA experiment.
  • Data collection, management, and analysis.
  • Participating in or leading additional follow-up experiments at the University of Colorado Boulder, should they become necessary.
  • Writing manuscripts and crafting presentations on research findings.

What You Should Know

  • The post-doc will have a workspace at the Environmental Engineering wing of the Sustainability, Energy and Environment Community (SEEC) complex and will have the opportunity to collaborate with in interdisciplinary scholars there and elsewhere on the University of Colorado Boulder campus.
  • The CASA project will enable interactions with air-quality related research groups from over a dozen other universities in the US and Canada.

What We Can Offer

The salary for this position is $54,000/annually. There will be a salary increase after the first year. 


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What We Require

  • Experience in experimental research in aerosols, preferably using scanning mobility particle sizer (SMPS) systems.
  • Ph.D. in environmental engineering, atmospheric chemistry or science, mechanical engineering, or related fields.
  • Evidence of peer-reviewed publications, either already published or under review.

What You Will Need

  • Strong project management skills with outstanding attention to detail required.
  • Ability to work respectfully and collegially with people from a diverse set of backgrounds.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively, collaboratively, and collegially with colleagues from different fields.
  • Interest in teamwork and in helping other co-workers in the laboratory succeed. Our laboratory has researchers with a broad range of experiences (undergraduate, MS, PhD) and this researcher is expected to interact with other team members in a productive and constructive way.
  • Strong time management skills with an ability to multitask and to prioritize to successfully complete projects with little supervision.
  • Spring scientific writing and oral communication skills.

What We Would Like You To Have

Experience with research on one or more of the following topics:
  • Particulate matter measurements;
  • Aerosol size distributions;
  • Air pollution monitoring.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/CV
  3. PDF Sample of Work
    • Please provide at least one example of your written work about your research. This should be a published journal article if you already have one or a manuscript ready for publication or a chapter of your dissertation.
  4. Optional: Proof of Degree
    • 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.
During the application process, you will also need to enter contact information for three references, and we will request letters of recommendation and additional materials if needed, as the search progresses.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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