Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

CIRES/CSD Tropospheric Chemistry Research Associate

CIRES/CSD Tropospheric Chemistry Research Associate

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at CU-Boulder and the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) Chemical Sciences Division (CSD) are seeking a research associate. This position will require the successful candidate to operate, maintain, and deploy custom-built whole-air canister sampling and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis systems to accurately quantify volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in ambient air.  The successful candidate will work in the Tropospheric Chemistry Program of the NOAA ESRL Chemical Sciences Division (, participate in airborne, mobile, and ground-based field missions, and perform data analysis to improve our scientific understanding of atmospheric emissions and chemistry relevant to climate forcing and air quality issues. The initial appointment will be for 2 years with the possibility of renewal upon exemplary performance.


·         Operate, maintain, and deploy in field missions two custom-built GC-MS instruments used to analyze ambient air samples for a full suite of VOCs.

·         Operate, maintain, and deploy in field missions the NOAA improved whole air sampling (iWAS) system in order to collect the highest quality VOC data aboard a variety of research platforms including research aircraft, mobile laboratories, and other measurement sites.

·         Design and implement improvements to existing custom instrumentation and analytical protocols in order to optimize overall efficiency and quality of the VOC datasets produced.

·         Work effectively as part of a large and dynamic research group to prepare for, participate in, and analyze and interpret data from laboratory and field-based research utilizing the iWAS/GC-MS systems.

·         Identify and carry out original research in the presentation and publication of scientific results at conferences and in the peer-reviewed literature.



·         Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, engineering, or a related field.

·         Demonstrated experience building, maintaining, and troubleshooting complex electrical, mechanical, sample gas handling, and data systems is required.

·         Demonstrated ability to work effectively with other team members is required.

·         Demonstrated ability to excel under pressure, willingness to work long hours when required, availability for extended field deployment travel (up to 8 weeks at a time, up to once per year), and ability to safely lift 50 pounds is required.

·         Demonstrated experience with GC and/or MS methods for field measurements of atmospheric trace gases is desired.

·         Demonstrated proficiency in complex instrument control using LabView software, and data analysis using Igor software, is desired.

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Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Unofficial transcript(s), Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below 

Application Materials Instructions: Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1 – Cover Letter include research interests; 2 – Resumeinclude salary history; 3 – The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree; 4 –list of references with contact information; 5-2-3 PDF copies of published research papers This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.

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Date Posted

Thursday, January 26, 2017


Research Associate