Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

Tropospheric Chemistry Research Associate

Tropospheric Chemistry Research Associate

CIRES/CSD Research Associate

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to study the composition and transformation of organic compounds in the atmosphere.  The successful candidate will maintain and operate the NOAA H3O+TOF CIMS instrument, participate in laboratory and field experiments, and perform data analysis to improve our scientific understanding of the effects of biomass burning, biogenic, and anthropogenic emissions on the atmosphere.

The position is located in the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Earth System Research Laboratory (NOAA ESRL) in Boulder, CO, and this work will be carried out as part of a team of federal and CIRES scientists in the Chemical Sciences Division ( of NOAA ESRL.  The initial appointment will be for 2 years with a main focus on the deployment of an H3O+ TOF CIMS on the NOAA WP-3D aircraft during the NOAA FIREX mission ( This position has the possibility of extension following exemplary performance.


• Maintain and operate the NOAA H3O+ TOF CIMS instrument in the laboratory and in the field.  Design, test, and implement upgrades to this instrument as needed.

• Carry out atmospheric measurements of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) aboard the NOAA WP-3D research aircraft and other platforms.  Perform data reduction, critical evaluation, and archiving of the data.

• Excel under pressure as part of a dynamic field research group to prepare for and participate in FIREX airborne and ground based deployments.

 • Analyze the data, in conjunction with other FIREX measurements and model results, to evaluate and improve current understanding of wildfires in the western US by characterizing the emissions, the processes that affect them, their chemical transformation, and the climate- and air quality-relevant consequences.

• Identify and carry out novel analyses leading to the presentation of scientific results at conferences and publications in peer-reviewed journals. 

Contact information: Dr. Carsten Warneke,


Skills and Qualifications

• A Ph.D. in a physical science (physics, chemistry, engineering, or a related field) is required.  Proven capability for self-guided, motivated, and original research as documented by first-authored publications.

• Proven experience in design, construction, operation, and maintenance of custom-built scientific instrumentation.

• Ability to work well with other researchers and support staff in a collaborative research environment.

▪ Ability to perform required duties associated with ~2 month field deployments in support of the FIREX mission.

• Ability to program and/or process scientific data using advanced programs preferably Igor Pro and LabView or others such as Python, Matlab, R.

Application Materials

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Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Reference Letters (Not Confidential), Unofficial transcript(s) 

Application Materials Instructions: Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1 – Cover Letter; 2 – Resume; 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 –One letter of recommendation 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

Tuesday, April 25, 2017


Research Associate