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Research Scientist: CIRES/ NOAA CSD Lab Studies of Atmospheric Chemistry

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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 PhD Research Scientist to conduct laboratory studies in kinetics, photochemistry, and heterogeneous processes related to atmospheric chemistry. The opportunity is located in the Chemical Sciences Division (CSD) of the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado.

The Research Scientist will perform laboratory experiments and contribute to ongoing research efforts within CSD on research topics related to stratospheric ozone, climate change, and tropospheric air quality using a suite of laboratory instrumentation. They will operate and maintain laboratory instrumentation and develop improved measurement capabilities and will also be responsible for data analysis and preparation of results for publication. 

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.

NOAA's Chemical Sciences Division Website:

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Design, plan, and perform laboratory experiments.
  • Analyze data and interpret results.
  • Maintain and develop laboratory equipment.
  • Prepare manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals.
  • Maintain knowledge of current and relevant scientific literature.

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.
  • There are two positions available which will be filled at the Research Associate level (career track designation will be Research Scientist I or Research Scientist II depending on qualifications and experience). 
  • For questions about this job, please contact James Burkholder (, or Andy Neuman (
  • The appointment is 1-year renewable with the possibility of extension following exemplary performance. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

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

  • PhD in Chemistry, Chemical Physics, or related field.
  • Experience in laboratory studies.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to think independently and work in collaboration with other members of the team. 
  • Ability to be highly self-motivated, technically skilled, and have a strong background in gas-phase and/or heterogeneous laboratory measurements.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English are highly desirable. 

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience in chemical kinetic methods and data analysis/interpretation.
  • Experience with pulsed laser systems and time-resolved data acquisition.
  • Experience with chemical ionization mass spectrometry.
  • Experience with IR and UV spectroscopy, cavity ring-down spectroscopy, and flow reactors.

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: Andy Neuman

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