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CIRES/ NOAA CSD Organics in the Atmosphere 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 at Boulder encourages applications for an early career scientist to study the composition and transformation of organic compounds in the atmosphere. The successful candidate will maintain and operate a PTR-ToF-MS instrument and other CIMS instruments, participate in laboratory and field experiments, and perform data analysis to improve our scientific understanding of the effects of volatile chemical products, biomass burning, biogenic, and anthropogenic emissions on air quality and climate.

The position is located in the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Earth System Research Laboratory (NOAA ESRL) in Boulder, CO, and this work will be carried out as part of a team of federal and CIRES scientists in the Chemical Sciences Division ( of NOAA ESRL.

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 the scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

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What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Maintain and operate the NOAA PTR-ToF-MS instrument in the laboratory and in the field. Design, test, and implement upgrades to this instrument as needed.
  • Carry out atmospheric measurements of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) aboard the NOAA WP-3 research aircraft and other platforms. Perform data reduction, critical evaluation, and archiving of the data.
  • Be involved in box- and 3D-modeling of ozone and aerosol production.
  • Excel under pressure as part of a dynamic field research group to prepare for and participate in the AEROMMA airborne and other related ground-based deployments in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
  • Analyze the data, in conjunction with other AEROMMA measurements and model results, to evaluate and improve current understanding of volatile chemical products in urban areas by characterizing the emissions, the processes that affect them, their chemical transformation, and the climate- and air quality-relevant consequences.
  • Identify and carry out novel analyses leading to the presentation of scientific results at conferences and publications in peer-reviewed journals. Write project reports to partners.

What You Should Know

  • This appointment will be at this Research Scientist 1 level and will be for 2 years with a large focus on the deployment of the PTR-ToF-MS on the NOAA WP-3D aircraft during the NOAA AEROMMA mission.
  • 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.
  • If you have questions about this role, please contact the Hiring Supervisor, Carsten Warneke, at

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, along with a generous 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 a physical science (Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, or a related field) is required. 
  • Proven experience in design, construction, operation, and maintenance of custom-built scientific instrumentation.
  • Proven capability for self-guided, motivated, and original research as documented by first-authored publications.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to work well with other researchers and support staff in a collaborative research environment.
  • Ability to perform required duties associated with ~2-month field deployments in support of the AEROMMA mission.
  • Ability to program and/or process scientific data using advanced programs preferably Igor Pro and LabView or others such as Python, Matlab, R.

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.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is 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: Carsten Warneke

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