[ES_JOBS_NET] RA Atmospheric Chemistry, University of Colorado Boulder/NOAA

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Thu Feb 26 05:41:09 MST 2015


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 

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 (thomas.b.ryerson at noaa.gov) 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 
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 
hr-ada at colorado.edu. 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.

CSD -9

Job posting contact
Karen Dempsey

Job posting contact telephone

Job posting contact email
Jobs at cires.colorado.edu

Job Posting Number

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