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CIRES/ NOAA PSL Post-Doctoral Researcher

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The shallow clouds that cover swaths of the tropical oceans are intimately linked to the structure of the atmospheric boundary layer and the way the boundary layer transports energy and moisture between the ocean, the boundary layer, and the free atmosphere. That coupling, in turn, helps to establish the planet's large-scale circulation, especially the strength and magnitude of the ITCZ. The University of Colorado’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and NOAA’s Physics Sciences Lab (PSL)  in scenic Boulder, Colorado, seeks a curious and capable postdoc to help us better understand these interactions.

The project will involve high-resolution modeling, informed by an analytic framework that focuses on surface-boundary layer-free atmospheric coupling, with the aspiration of improving the representation of air-sea coupling in models with parameterized shallow convection. The process modeling study will be focused on and informed by measurements made  east of Barbados during January and February, 2020 as part of the ATOMIC/EUREC4A field campaign. One focus of the work will be understanding how mesoscale circulations in the atmosphere and ocean affect this coupling, with the long-term goal of representing these partly-resolved “grey-zone” circulations in global predictive systems. We seek a postdoctoral researcher with experience in some mix of atmospheric boundary layer dynamics, air-sea interactions, and upper ocean physics. Candidates should be comfortable with high-performance computing and data analysis. 

This position allows for remote hiring, onboarding and supervising and we are excited to add another Post-Doc to our team in the coming months!

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

  • Work with NOAA and CIRES scientists at PSL to perform large-eddy simulation experiments to examine the roles of mesoscale organization in changing surface-boundary layer-free atmospheric coupling. 
  • Tasks will involve a combination of model development, designing numerical experiments, and developing a framework for analyzing model output. 
  • Engage in scientific activities related to ATOMIC/EUREC4A field campaign, present results at scientific meetings, and prepare manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals.

What You Should Know

  • This position allows for remote hiring, onboarding and supervising and we are excited to add another Post-Doc to our team in the coming months!
  • The project is funded for two years with some possibility of extensions.
  • 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.
  • Please address questions about the position or project to Robert Pincus:

What We Can Offer

We offer 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

  • A Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences or a related field. 
  • Previous experience and skills in one or more of the topics described in the job summary (e.g. boundary layer dynamics, cloud physics, air-sea coupling). 

What You Will Need

  • Comfortable with high-performance computing and data analysis.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience with Large Eddy Simulations (LES). 
  • Experience in some mix of atmospheric boundary layer dynamics, air-sea interactions, and upper ocean physics.

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: Robert Pincus

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