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CIRES/ NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory, Data Management and Software 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) at CU Boulder encourages applications for an Associate Scientist within NOAA’s Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL) in Boulder, Colorado. The successful candidate will work in the Tropospheric Chemistry program alongside a number of federal and university employees engaged in research investigating trace gases and aerosol particles and their impacts on air quality and climate. Our group develops and uses world-class instrumentation to measure these species and deploys these instruments on aircraft and at field sites.

This Associate Scientist position is responsible for archiving the data acquired during field missions and making that data accessible to CSL scientists and outside collaborators through a user-friendly website. In addition, this position also requires writing software tools using Igor Pro and other software packages for data analysis and creating publication-quality graphs. Individuals without an Igor Pro background, but with relevant experience in math, graphics, and programming software for scientists and engineers such as MATLAB, are strongly encouraged to apply. CSL has a collaborative lab culture, and we are looking for a candidate who actively subscribes to this philosophy. Successful candidates will demonstrate competency and sensitivity in working in a diverse community.

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

CIRES is an internationally recognized leader in innovative environmental science and research and is located at the University of Colorado Boulder. At CIRES, more than 950 environmental science professionals work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES has partnered with NOAA since 1967, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, solid Earth sciences, and more. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

The mission of the NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL) is to advance scientific understanding of the chemical and physical processes that affect Earth’s atmospheric composition. CSL’s vision is a nation that has the needed scientific understanding and information about atmospheric composition to make optimal decisions for the well-being of current and future generations.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Develop software tools for data analysis.
  • Archive data from air quality and climate field missions.
  • Reformat/extract/import data from a variety of sources.
  • Maintain website containing data and information about field campaigns.
  • Support the group with programming advice and software debugging.
  • Periodic travel for several weeks at a time is required.

What You Should Know

  • This is a 2-year position with the possibility of extension based on performance and the availability of funding.
  • This position will be rostered in CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder but will be physically situated in the NOAA Chemical Sciences Laboratory located within 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.
  • Non-US citizens without green cards may have limited building access, and require an escort in the building.
  • This position does not allow for fully remote work modality.

What We Can Offer

  • CIRES offers a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.
  • The annual hiring salary range is $53,000 to $90,000. Salary is commensurate with education and years of experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track classification.
  • Relocation expenses are available for this position following CIRES and the University of Colorado’s relocation processes and procedures.
  • This position can accommodate a hybrid work modality in accordance with project needs.
  • CIRES and the University of Colorado Boulder offer a robust training curriculum, opportunities for professional development and a mentorship program.
  • Boulder is a vibrant community with access to mountain parks, dog parks, miles of trails, rivers, lakes, cafes, restaurants, boutiques, theaters, museums, and sports venues. Boulder was recently ranked as the top place to live in the U.S. News.
  • As an employee at CU Boulder, you receive a pass allowing free access to the regional public transit system, which is an outstanding network of buses and light rail systems that provide service within Boulder and connect to Denver, the Denver airport, and surrounding communities.


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 Computer Science, Physical Science, Engineering, or a related field.
  • Experience in developing data analysis software.
  • Experience in archiving and managing data.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment with a diverse group of scientists in an inclusive laboratory.
  • Ability to participate in the development of original research projects.
  • Expertise in managing data best practices.
  • Experience with data reformatting, extracting, and importing.
  • Ability to assist scientists in the group with coding and creating user interfaces.

What We Would Like You to Have

Please note that while the position details both required skills and desired skills, applicants do not need to have all of the desired skills and experience to be considered for this position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, have passion for the work, along with experience in a related field, you are encouraged to apply. We provide on-the-job training for any additional skills or knowledge that become relevant to the position.

  • Experience with data analysis software such as Igor Pro or MATLAB.
  • Experience with creating publication quality figures.
  • Experience creating interactive, dynamic websites with php.
  • Knowledge of Python, Perl, JavaScript, Grep patterns, GIS.
  • Experience with a variety of data formats including ICARTT, NetCDF, HDF5, kml.
  • Understanding of data acquisition and data transfer protocols including FTP, TCP, UPD.
  • Experience with LabVIEW or other data acquisition software.

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. If you are identified as a finalist for the position, we will ask you to contact five references to complete a SkillSurvey questionnaire on your behalf. SkillSurvey is an online automated reference check solution. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.

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.

The position will close on March 8th, 2024. Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

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: Kristen Zuraski

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