CIRES/Chu Research Group Antarctic Lidar Engineer/Scientist

The Chu Research Group, at CIRES/CU Boulder, explores advanced spectroscopy principles, develops new lidar technologies, studies the fundamental physical and chemical processes that govern the whole atmosphere, and makes new discoveries in the atmosphere-space sciences. This is an opportunity for a lidar engineer/scientist to contribute to a lidar field-research campaign as a winter-over engineer/scientist in Antarctica.

Who We Are

At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, 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 the University of Colorado 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 scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

Chu Research Group:


  1. Antarctic deployment to McMurdo Station to conduct lidar research campaigns in both summer and winter from Oct 2019 through Oct 2020 (a total of about 13 months), where the successful candidate will conduct lidar observations and lidar system maintenance at McMurdo.
  2. Conduct research in atmospheric and space sciences with combined approaches of data analysis, observation, and/or modeling, and contribute to scientific publications.
  3. Participate in lidar instrument upgrade and refurbishment.

What You Should Know

CIRES commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

This position is located at McMurdo, Anctartica.

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary, along with a generous benefits package. The anticipated starting salary is $40,000 - $55,00, commensurate with experience and skills.


  • Bachelor degree or equivalent or above in aerospace engineering sciences, laser spectroscopy, optical engineering, electrical engineering, or atomic, molecular and optical physics.
  • Hands-on experience of lidar operation, development, or equivalent experimental skills.
  • Engineering skills and considerable knowledge of lidars and/or atmospheric/space sciences are required.
  • Skillful in programming languages of Matlab, LabVIEW, or Python for data retrieval and analysis.
  • Strong interests in atmosphere-space science studies using lidar and related data.
  • A strong commitment to team work and proactive communication combined with high work standards.
  • Be able to work in Antarctica uninterrupted for months. All candidates are subject to the NSF Antarctic physical qualification (PQ) processes in order to travel to and work in Antarctica.

What We Would LIke You To Have

  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.


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.

Application Materials

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 3 references: the names, professional titles, and contact information of those who are familiar with your qualifications and work history.
  • If you are selected as the finalist, we will contact you through email and request that you submit 1 name and email of a reference who will be asked to submit a letter of recommendation. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.

This position will remain open until filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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Date Posted

Monday, June 17, 2019