CIRES/CSD RA Atmospheric Chemistry
University of Colorado – Boulder, CO

Posting Description
The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences ( CIRES ) at the University of Colorado Boulder is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to study atmospheric chemistry using field measurements from instrumented research aircraft. The successful applicant will work in the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – Earth System Research Laboratory/Chemical Sciences Division ( NOAA ESRL / CSD ).

The researcher will work closely with a team of federal and CIRES scientists responsible for aircraft instrument integration, field deployment, and analysis of the resulting atmospheric data. Primary scientific responsibilities will focus on carrying out, interpreting, and publishing findings from reactive nitrogen oxides (NO, NO2, and NOy) and ozone (O3) measurements taken on the 5-year Atmospheric Tomography (ATom) mission funded under the NASA Earth Venture Suborbital-2 program. ATom uses the DC-8 research aircraft to collect in-situ gas and aerosol measurements, along near-continuous vertical profiles from the marine boundary layer to 12 km altitude, over the course of 4 pole-to-pole circumnavigations in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans between 2015 and 2019 (see illustration below).

The appointment will start no earlier than April of 2015, and may start later by mutual agreement. The initial term of the appointment will be for two years, with extensions possible.

• Carry out atmospheric measurements of reactive NO, NO2, NOy, and O3 by chemiluminescence aboard the NASA DC-8 research aircraft during ATom.
• Design, test, and implement upgrades to the instrumentation as needed.
• Carry out data reduction, critical evaluation, and archiving of the field data.
• Analyze the data, in conjunction with other field and laboratory measurements and model results, to evaluate and improve current understanding of atmospheric emissions, the processes that affect them, and the climate- and air quality-relevant consequences.
• Present results at scientific meetings and publish in peer-reviewed journals.

Minimum Qualifications
• Doctoral degree in physics, chemistry, engineering, or related field. Capability for self-guided, motivated, and original research.
• Ability to work well with other researchers and support staff in a collaborative research environment.
• Proven experience in design, construction, operation, and maintenance of custom-built scientific instrumentation, with exceptional attention to detail.
• Ability to perform required duties associated with ~2 month remote field deployments in support of focused measurement campaigns.
• Experience with atmospheric sampling of reactive trace gases is desirable.

Required Competencies/Knowledge, Skills and abilities

Desired Qualifications

Special instructions to applicants
Please contact Dr. Thomas B. Ryerson ( at NOAA ESRL / CSD for further information.

Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the required documents:
1-CV including any publications, and salary history
2- Cover letter
3- Proof of highest degree earned (copy of diploma or unofficial transcripts)
4- List of three professional references with all contact information from whom an official written letter of recommendation will be requested by the hiring unit at the appropriate time during the search.

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA coordinator at The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks for all final applicants being considered for employment.

The position will be filled as a Research Associate at the University of Colorado Boulder and will be eligible for employee benefits, including 22 days of vacation (for a 100% position) per year. Screening will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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Karen Dempsey

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