CIRES/CSD Stratospheric Aerosol Modeling Research Associate
The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) has an opening for a Research Associate RS1, located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Earth System Research Laboratory Chemical Science Division (NOAA/ESRL/CSD), Boulder, Colorado. The selected candidate will work in close cooperation with the research staff of CIRES and ESRL/CSD in analyzing atmospheric aerosol measurements and model output. A key goal is to improve our understanding of driving mechanisms controlling the distribution of stratospheric aerosol and the subsequent impact of stratospheric aerosol variability on the temperature and chemistry of the upper troposphere and stratosphere. Goals will be achieved through analysis of aircraft, balloon, and satellite aerosol measurements in conjunction with modeling studies.
We seek an individual with demonstrated expertise in aerosol modeling using CCMs and analysis of aerosol measurements. Familiarity with stratospheric chemical and radiative processes is also needed. It is also desired that the applicant have a record of publications in the peer-reviewed literature and experience presenting his/her research at scientific meetings. A PhD in the field of atmospheric science, environmental science or the equivalent is required as is experience with analysis of global climate model output. This is expected to be a 2-3 year position.
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.
Chemical Sciences Division
Our mission is to advance scientific understanding of three major environmental and societal issues of our time: climate, air quality, and stratospheric ozone layer through atmospheric research on the chemical and related physical processes that affect Earth’s atmospheric composition.
Our vision of the future is a nation that has the needed scientific understanding and information about our atmosphere (environmental intelligence) to make optimal decisions in the interests of the well being of current and future generations. Integral to CSD's work is ensuring that governments, the public, and industry can access our scientific findings. We provide explanations of our research in user-friendly, policy-relevant formats, which may be used to help develop informed decisions. CSD's work to advance the scientific understanding of atmospheric chemical processes is essential for understanding and predicting changes in Earth's environment – the heart of NOAA's mission.
- Collaborate with research staff of CIRES and ESRL/CSD in analyzing atmospheric aerosol measurements and model output.
- Study and improve our understanding of the driving mechanisms controlling the distribution of stratospheric aerosol and the subsequent impact of stratospheric aerosol variability on the temperature and chemistry of the upper troposphere and stratosphere.
- Analyze results achieved through analysis of aircraft, balloon, and satellite aerosol measurements in conjunction with modeling studies.
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 will be for a time period of 2 to 3 years.
What We Can Offer
- PhD in Atmospheric Sciences or a related field.
- Programming experience, in particular making modifications to global chemistry climate models.
- Background in data analysis and statistics.
- Experience in manipulating large datasets (including model output).
What We Would Like You To Have
- A record of publications in the peer-reviewed literature and experience presenting his/her research at scientific meetings.
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.
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- Cover letter briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
- Contact information for 3 references who would be willing to write a Letter of Recommendation for you.
- After you submit your application, your referees will receive an email from the Campus HR department containing a link by which they will upload your confidential Letter of Recommendation. Please notify your referees in advance so they are prepared to submit a Letter of Recommendation for you as quickly as possible.
Applications received by April 30, 2019 will receive full consideration.
Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.