Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

CIRES/NCEI Solar Researcher

CIRES/NCEI Solar Researcher

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder has an immediate opening for a one-year position as a Research Associate, with a possible extension to three years depending on funding and performance, to support NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) work related to the solar imager and irradiance monitors on the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Series-R (GOES-R). The Space Weather Team within NCEI is responsible for supporting NOAA’s space weather mission and for ensuring the operational and scientific utility of NOAA’s space environmental data. The GOES-R spacecraft include a complement of space weather sensors to monitor the local space environment and the sun. The first two of the next-generation GOES-R satellites were recently launched and are now called GOES-16 and GOES-17. The solar instruments are the Solar Ultraviolet Imager (SUVI) and the Extreme Ultraviolet and X-ray Irradiance Sensors (EXIS). Instrument descriptions are available at The selected candidate will work closely with the NCEI SUVI and EXIS instrument teams to improve the on-orbit instrument calibration and validation of the SUVI and EXIS instruments. The position is located within NCEI's Solar-Terrestrial Physics Section at the David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, Colorado.

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.

NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) is responsible for preserving, monitoring, assessing, and providing public access to the Nation's treasure of geophysical data and information.





  • Participate in the development, implementation and maintenance of operational space weather products.
  • Develop calibration methods for SUVI and EXIS and analyze intercalibrations between solar instruments.
  • Work with the space weather team to implement new methods in real-time operations.
  • Conduct related science research leading to peer-reviewed publications.
  • Write and present technical reports, publish in research journals, attend conferences and help write grant applications.


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.

Due to U. S. Export Control Restrictions, only U. S. citizens and Permanent Residents may apply.

For further information, please contact Dr. Janet Machol (


  • A Ph.D. in Physics or similar scientific or engineering discipline with an emphasis on solar physics.
  • Knowledge of ultraviolet and/or X-ray instrumentation and calibration and an understanding of instrumental and external factors that affect solar data quality.
  • Experience in solar data analysis.
  • Expertise in scientific code development in languages including Python and IDL.
  • U. S. citizenship or permanent resident status.

What We Require

  • A Ph.D. in physics or similar scientific or engineering discipline with an emphasis on solar physics, astrophysics, or atmospheric science.

What You Will Need

  • Excellent technical skills and experience analyzing and calibrating science datasets.
  • Ability to independently develop innovative solutions for complex scientific problems.
  • Expertise in scientific code development in languages including Python and IDL.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team on multiple parallel projects.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident status.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Spectral data analysis. 
  • Solar, astronomical, or remote sensing image processing.
  • An understanding of the design and calibration of optical instrumentation.


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/CV
  • Cover Letter, briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position
  • Contact information for 3 references
  • Proof of degree. This can include either a transcript confirming your highest degree or a scanned copy of your diploma

Screening will begin immediately, and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Job Number


Date Posted

Tuesday, September 4, 2018


Research Associate