Physical Research Scientist

CIRES/ NOAA Chemical Sciences Division (CSD) /Atmospheric Composition and Chemical Processes (ACCP) Physical Research Scientist- Laser-based Instrumentation

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) is seeking a Research Scientistto work on laser-based instrumentation for measurement of atmospheric constituents. This position will work primarily on developing fiber laser-based instrumentation for the measurement of atmospheric trace gases. Our Research Scientist is expected to work independently and with scientists and engineers in the Atmospheric Composition and Chemical Processes group at CSD, and with collaborators at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to improve upon existing ultraviolet single-frequency fiber-based laser systems for deployment on mobile platforms including research aircraft. An initial focus of this work is the measurement of concentrations and isotopic composition of sulfur dioxide and nitric oxide throughout the troposphere and lower stratosphere.

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 develop and use instruments to make precise atmospheric measurements, conduct laboratory experiments, design and execute field missions, analyze observations, and use sophisticated computer models to understand better how our changing atmosphere is influencing climate - and therefore people.


  • Participation in the design, construction, and improvement of fiber laser systems and atmospheric analytical instrumentation.
  • Participation in field missions to make atmospheric measurements. Field missions require often require multiple consecutive weeks of travel at deployment sites.
  • Preparation of data and its interpretation for presentation at scientific meetings and for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

What You Should Know

  • The position is available for a period of two years with the possibility of extension.
  • 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 hired for this role you will be required to pass a background clearance for site access.
  • Contact Dr. Andrew Rollins for further information concerning this position (303-497-5181 or

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary with a comprehensive benefits package and an engaged and collaborative work environment.


  • PhD in Physics, Chemistry, Atmospheric Science or related field.

What You Will Need

  • Interest in building and using custom instrumentation to make measurements in the atmosphere. 
  • Knowledge of UV/visible molecular absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Knowledge of Laser Physics and experience in the design and construction of fiber lasers and amplifiers.
  • Knowledge and experience with nonlinear Optics and nonlinear optical frequency conversion.
  • Experience in the design of geometric optical systems and stray-light reduction.
  • A record of presentation of scientific results at conferences and publication in scientific journals.
  • A background in atmospheric science is desirable but not required.

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 contact information for 3 references who will be willing to write a confidential Letter of Recommendation for you. 

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

Full consideration will be given to applications received by February 1, 2020, and continue until the position is 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, December 30, 2019