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CIRES/NOAA CSL Ozone and Reactive Nitrogen 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 CU Boulder encourages applications for an emerging Research Scientist to participate in the NOAA Atmospheric Emissions and Reactions Observed from Megacities to Marine Areas (AEROMMA) mission in Spring 2021. Our Research Scientist will participate in the deployment and operation of the NOAA NOyO3 (nitrogen oxides and ozone) hybrid chemiluminescence (CL)/laser-induced-fluorescence (LIF) instrument aboard the NOAA P-3 research aircraft, and perform data analysis to improve our scientific understanding of urban air quality, the marine sulfur cycle and its impact on cloud formation, and/or atmospheric chemistry at the interface of urban and marine environments. This opportunity will also pursue analytical instrument development to enable new scientific directions in atmospheric reactive nitrogen emissions and cycling.

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

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 CU 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.

In the Chemical Sciences Division (CSD) of the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, researchers build instruments to make detailed measurements, conduct laboratory experiments, design and execute field missions, analyze observations, and use sophisticated computer models to better understand how our changing atmosphere is influencing climate - and therefore people.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Maintain and operate the NOAA NOyO3 CL/LIF instrument in the laboratory and in the field. Design, test, and implement upgrades to this instrument as needed, including building a new fiber laser system for the isotopic measurement of nitrogen oxides.
  • Carry out atmospheric measurements of reactive nitrogen oxides and ozone (NO, NO2, NOy, and O3) aboard the NOAA P-3 research aircraft. Perform data reduction, critical evaluation, and archiving of the data.
  • Work with a dynamic field research group to prepare for and participate in the AEROMMA field intensive.
  • Identify and carry out novel analyses leading to the presentation of scientific results at conferences and publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Participate in the design, construction, and testing of optically based analytical instruments for atmospheric sensing.

What You Should Know

This position will be rostered in CIRES but will be physically situated in the David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305.The selected finalist will be required to pass a federal laboratory background clearance for site access.

The initial appointment will be for two years with the possibility of extension.

The contact for this position is Jeff Peischl, CIRES Associate Scientist:; (303) 497-4849

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive and 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 physical science (physics, chemistry, engineering, or a related field) is required. Proven capability for self-guided, motivated, and original research as detailed by first-authored publications.
  • Experience in design, construction, operation, and maintenance of custom-built scientific instrumentation. Knowledge of optical systems, particularly fiber lasers and non-linear optics desirable.

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 two-month field deployments in support of the AEROMMA mission.

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. The position will remain open 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: Jeff Peischl

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