CIRES/CSD Boundary Layer Cloud Data Analysis Modeling Research Associate

Modeling Research Associate

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder, Colorado is seeking a scientist to work at the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) with its Chemical Sciences Division (CSD) in the Cloud and Aerosol Processes program. The successful candidate will conduct research to characterize and quantify the properties, statistics, and organization of trade cumulus convection and cloudiness, and its response to ocean and atmosphere mean state and variability as part of the NOAA Atlantic Trade-wind Ocean-Atmosphere Mesoscale Interaction Campaign (ATOMIC).

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.


In the Chemical Sciences Division (CSD) of the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, researchers build instruments to make precise measurements, conduct laboratory experiments, design and execute field missions, analyze observations, and use sophisticated computer models to better understand how our changing atmosphere is influencing climate - and therefore people.


  • Processing and analysis of satellite data, reanalysis data, and of ship and aircraft data from the ATOMIC and EUREC4A (Elucidating the Role of Clouds-Circulation Coupling in Climate) field campaigns.
  • Application of statistical methods, pattern recognition, and machine learning.
  • Operation and evaluation of large eddy simulations.

What You Should Know

  • The position is available for a period of 2 years with the possibility of extension to 3 years.
  • This position will be rostered in CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder, but will be physically situated in the David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305. If you are the finalist you will be required to pass a background clearance for site access.

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.


PhD in Atmospheric Sciences or a related field.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience in data analysis and statistics, pattern recognition, machine learning.
  • Programming experience (Fortran, Python).
  • Experience in the operation of atmospheric models (large eddy simulations or regional models).
  • Satellite remote sensing.
  • Cloud physics or boundary layer meteorology.
  • Familiarity with Linux, IDL, netCDF, NCO, C.

Be Statements

Be Challenged. Be Groundbreaking. Be Boulder.


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:

  • Resume or CV
  • Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position. 
  • 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 one of the finalists, the Hiring Committee will request letters of recommendation. Please do not include letters of recommendation with your application materials.


Full consideration will be given to applications received by October 13, 2019, or until the position is filled. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs. Application materials will not be accepted via email.

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Date Posted

Thursday, August 15, 2019 to Saturday, February 15, 2020


Post-Doc Opportunity