Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder conducts collaborative research with NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI). CIRES has an immediate opening for a well-qualified Professional Research Assistant, Software Engineer for a one year term position. The successful applicant will be responsible for a challenging variety of duties related to the development of software-based solutions that meet science driven requirements. Ideal applicants will have enterprise software development experience using both front-end and server-side technologies. The abilities to work with minimal supervision and to also be able to collaborate with colleagues when needed is a must. Applicants must possess good analytical and problem-solving skills and demonstrate experience successfully implementing and testing software applications. Applicants should also exhibit a strong attention to detail and the ability to conceptualize user requirements into customer-friendly and efficient software applications. This CIRES position is located at the David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado.

Rick Saltus facial photo


The geomagnetic field protects the Earth's atmosphere against charged particles from the solar wind. Rapid and long-term changes in the field are monitored by low-orbiting satellites and a global network of about 200 magnetic observatories. Field models, computed from these measurements, provide the direction and strength of the magnetic field at any desired location. Magnetometers (or a simple compass) can then be used to compute pointing directions, complementing the location information provided by the global positioning system (GPS).


We make 3-dimensional maps of coasts that help understand and predict changes in Earth's environment.


The Denver Basin Earthquake Study began with a rapid aftershock deployment of the June 1, 2014 UTC (May 31 local time) earthquake that occurred east of Greeley, Colorado. The earthquake was widely felt, with felt reports from as far as Golden and Sterling, Colorado, at 99 and 115 km distance, respectively. The deployment of seismometers to study the earthquake was led by a team from the University of Colorado Boulder.  The network started with five stations centered on the epicenter of the 2014 earthquake, and in 2016 the network was expanded to include a larger part of the Denver Basin. All data are send in real-time by cell phone modem to the University of Colorado Boulder, and from there transmitted to the USGS in Golden and the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) data management center in Seattle. Results from our research can be found here. All data are freely and immediately open to all. 

Anne Sheehan, Project Director, University of Colorado Boulder


Cryospheric and Polar Processes Seminar

Wet ‘n’ Wild Antarctica: mapping small-scale climate processes in coastal Antarctica combining climate models and observations

Jan Lenaerts, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder





Dr. Twila Moon with the NASA Hyperwall