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CIRES/NOAA GML Data Manager-Field Support Associate Scientist

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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) encourages applications for mid-career data manager and field technician! The candidate will need experience in high accuracy radiation and meteorological measurements for research in climate monitoring. The position will be in the Global Monitoring Laboratory (GML) of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratories in Boulder, Colorado. This position will work at CIRES at CU Boulder alongside federal and university employees engaged in research examining the Earth’s surface radiation budget and climate forcing properties of atmospheric constituents at long-term U.S. and international sites as part of a GML Observatories network and in field campaign activities. 

The successful candidate will provide management of data streams from long-term and short-term field observations, process new data products, manage calibration data, and assist in field logistics and related technician activities. The staff member will be responsible for assisting in maintaining the flow of data from GML and partner sites for instrument health and assisting with the preparation of Observatories data submitted to the Baseline Surface Radiation Network (BSRN). This might involve data quality analysis for multiple classes of instruments, using diagnostics to assess instruments, communications, and siting problems. The successful candidate will work with the database manager to implement processing routines required by scientists who are crafting final, scaled, and QC-edited data products and making them available to the general public for scientific use. This will include assisting with algorithm development and evaluation of new atmospheric data products. Assisting with field deployments, including distribution of instruments to sites, site communication, and basic instrumentation and site maintenance is also encouraged. 

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.

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What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Collect, process, and manage meteorological and atmospheric data from ground-based observations
  • Support data monitoring operations at 5 international GML Observatories and 14 U.S.-based measurement stations, and field campaign activities, requiring, at times, substantial local and international travel
  • Archive and distribute radiation and ancillary data collected and retrieved by the GML Radiation group Global Observatories program
  • Develop code to support and streamline data quality assurance activities
  • Assist with the development and evaluation of new atmospheric related products
  • Support calibration activities as needed before instrument installation at Observatory and campaign field sites
  • Help coordinate travel and field logistics and installation of instrumentation and related equipment at field campaigns

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

  • Bachelor’s degree in Atmospheric Science, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Engineering, or related field
  • Programming experience, preferably in one or more of these languages: R, Python, C, Java, Matlab, IDL
  • Experience with Linux/Unix and shell scripting

What You Will Need

  • Phenomenal coordination and organizational skills

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Master's degree in Atmospheric Science, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Engineering, or related field
  • Experience with QA/QC of atmospheric data
  • Experience participating in scientific field programs and experiments
  • Direct experience with radiometers and related instrumentation for climate and atmospheric science applications
  • Knowledge of calibration science
  • Experience working with a database
  • Technical lab skills, e.g., soldering and electronics troubleshooting and repair
  • Experience handling and processing moderately large scientific data sets
  • Experience working with scientific instrumentation

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 if applicable.

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: Gary Hodges

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