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CIRES/ NOAA GML Post-Doctoral Researcher

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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 a Post-Doctoral Research Scientist to work in close association with investigators of the University of Colorado Radiocarbon Lab and the Carbon Cycle Greenhouse Gases group of NOAA’s Global Monitoring Laboratory. Together, these groups have pioneered the application of detailed measurements of 14C in CO2 within air samples acquired from the Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network (GGGRN) in order to determine emissions of fossil fuel-derived CO2 and correlate gases. The successful candidate will engage in an ongoing, joint NOAA-CU effort to derive annual-to-monthly national and regional CO2 emissions for the US for the decade of the 2010s, along with revised estimates of associated Net Ecosystem Exchange.

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 the scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

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What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Prepare prior mass- and iso- flux products and 14C and CO2 observations for assimilation by NOAA’s dual-tracer modeling system.
  • Derive inverse estimates of net CO2 exchange, fossil CO2 emissions and Net Ecosystem Exchange using the dual-tracer system.
  • Assist in the evaluation of alternate transport models and system sensitivity to prior fluxes within the dual tracer system for assessment of posterior flux uncertainties.
  • Present the results at scientific meetings and publish them in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.

What You Should Know

This position will be rostered in CIRES at CU 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.

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

  • Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences, or related subject area.
  • Understanding of anthropogenic emissions and atmospheric, observation-based methods of emissions detection and quantification.

What You Will Need

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate the results to the scientific community via peer-reviewed publications and presentations at scientific meetings.
  • Proven ability to critically interpret and evaluate data and to operate atmospheric transport models.

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 3 references:
    • The names, professional titles, and contact information of those who are familiar with your qualifications and work history. You don't need to include letters of recommendations at the time of application. If you are identified as a finalist, we will request those at a later time.
  4. Copy of Degree (optional)
    • Your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department.  If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated, certified version as an optional attachment "Copy of Degree".

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: Don Neff

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