Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

CIRES/GMD Post-Doctoral Associate to Study the Carbon Budget of the US Corn Belt

CIRES/GMD Post-Doctoral Associate to Study the Carbon Budget of the US Corn Belt

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado, invite applications for a post-doctoral research associate to participate in a NASA Carbon Monitoring System project aimed at achieving better understanding of carbon cycling in the US corn belt. The candidate will be expected to develop and implement atmospheric inversions for CO2 across the US cornbelt. The candidate will be at CIRES and the University of Colorado Boulder, and work directly with Caroline Alden, John Miller and Arlyn Andrews at NOAA/ESRL, as well as collaborators at the University of Illinois, the Carnegie Institution for Science (Dr. Joe Berry), Caltech (Dr. Christian Frankenberg), and the University of Virginia. More information about the project, “Improving the monitoring capability of the carbon budget for the US corn belt – integrating multi-source satellite data with improved land surface modeling and atmospheric inversions,” can be found here.

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.

Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) Global Monitoring Division

NOAA/ESRL's Global Monitoring Division (GMD) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration conducts research that addresses three major challenges including greenhouse gas and carbon cycle feedbacks, changes in clouds, aerosols, and surface radiation, and recovery of stratospheric ozone. GMD’s five research groups – Carbon Cycle and Greenhouse Gases (CCGG), Halocarbons and other Atmospheric Trace Species (HATS), Ozone and Water Vapor (OZWV), Aerosols (AERO), and Global Radiation (G-RAD) – make and analyze observations, applying their expertise to address these themes. The unique observing systems operated by each research group come together at GMD’s four baseline observatories, which serve as the backbone of the GMD observing system. However, most of the measurements from each group are made at other locations, including collaborator sites, sites in other networks, and on ships and aircraft. GMD’s research groups work together in developing and maintaining their observing networks and, especially, in understanding, interpreting, and publishing results. View Website


To develop and implement atmospheric inversions for CO2 across the US corn belt.


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 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.

Position will be rostered in the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), but the work will be performed in the David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305.

The appointment begins as soon as possible and will be for 1 year with likelihood for extension for 2-3 years.

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience.


  • Candidates should have a PhD in a relevant field of study and programming experience.
  • Background or course-work in data assimilation is ideal.
  • The successful candidate will have demonstrated the ability to carry out research and publish in the peer-reviewed literature.


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/CV
  2. Cover letter briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  • 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 the search committee.

Please apply by November 21, 2018 for consideration.

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Date Posted

Monday, November 19, 2018