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CIRES/NOAA GML Technical specialist for NOAA ozone measuring network and data manager PRA

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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 encourages applications for a Professional Research Assistant. This role will work in the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Earth System Research Laboratory/Global Monitoring Laboratory (NOAA ESRL/GML). GML provides numerous products and services in support of atmospheric research, including outstanding ozone datasets, and world-class calibration facilities for Dobson and surface ozone instrumentation.

Direct responsibilities for the upkeep and maintenance of the NOAA surface and aircraft ozone network are expected. This requires staying abreast of developments in the materials and products useful to maintain successful instrument operations for continuous collection of the in-situ ozone data from 15 stations (national and international locations) and from the light commercial aircraft (three or more stations). Operation of Dobson instruments in Boulder, CO is also included in this position. This opportunity will require field deployment for repairs or installation of the instrumentation located at remote stations (in the US and internationally). The Professional Research Assistant will be responsible for daily data collection, instrument troubleshooting, and repairs, assuring data quality, producing and applying calibrations to the data stream, and producing ozone data products in the formats required for archival of the data at the NOAA NCEI, WOUDC, NDACC, and WDCGG archives, which requires writing and maintenance of programming codes, production of status plots, as well as critical visual control skills to identify sudden changes in the data production streams.

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, 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

  • Perform routine maintenance, installation, and repair of Aircraft and Surface ozone instruments.
  • Perform and maintain data processing, quality checks, and submission of data to world archive centers for all data in the Surface ozone and Aircraft Ozone Measurement Networks as well as the Dobson Total Ozone and Umkehr Measurement Network. 
  • Maintain and complete NIST Traceable calibrations of all Aircraft and Surface Ozone instruments.
  • Participate in routine Dobson Observations and inter-comparison of Dobson instruments to the Dobson world standard 83.
  • Carry on research regarding surface ozone network observations and influences on surface ozone conditions
  • Supervise the operation of instruments in the field.
  • Train new technician on instrument operation, maintenance, and data collection
  • Routinely collaborate with technicians regarding instrument performance
  • Ensure instruments are functioning within the specified parameters and remedy any malfunctions.
  • Document instrument records, site visit information, data quality parameters, and repair procedures
  • Engage in opportunities for public and student outreach when available
  • Collaborate with other groups and research institutes for campaigns and research opportunities

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 comprehensive benefits package and a competitive salary.


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 Bachelor or higher degree in Atmospheric Science, Meteorology, Engineering, or related field.
  • Experience working with instrumentation, data collection, analyses, and interpretation of data.

What You Will Need

  • Technical skills, i.e. electronics troubleshooting, soldering, and repair
  • Proficiency in, or ability to learn, a programming language such as C++, Python, etc
  • Familiarity with scientific formats, such as GRIB, HDF, NetCDF and other formats for the conversion of data
  • Proven track record of analyzing data, and familiarity with quality control procedures
  • Knowledge of Linux and Windows operating systems
  • Ability to calibrate and characterize the TEI, 2BTech and Dobson spectrophotometers instrumentation, field installation, and maintenance
  • Ability to interact, coordinate, and negotiate with contractors and service personnel
  • Ability to work with direct and extended colleagues in a respectful manner
  • Resourcefulness and problem-solving ability to address problems, e.g., equipment failure or missing parts, that arise while working in remote areas
  • Ability to train new personnel on all aspects of instrumentation used within the lab, data acquisition, field deployments, and maintenance procedures
  • Ability to share your work through oral presentations, and succinctly present research results in poster format during scientific meetings

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Skills and experience in web development
  • Experience in writing science/technical reports and blogs for general public communications

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. 

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.

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: Irina Petropavlovskikh

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