[ES_JOBS_NET] Research Scientist and/or Postdoctoral Research Scientist, NOAA/ESRL Carbon Cycle Group Aircraft Program, Boulder CO

Kathryn McKain - NOAA Affiliate kathryn.mckain at noaa.gov
Fri Mar 4 19:32:08 MST 2016

The primary responsibility of the Aircraft Program is to maintain a core
set of sampling sites spread over North America using flasks carried in
small aircraft. Samples taken from 8 km to the surface are measured for a
variety of greenhouse gases and hydro- and halocarbons. Over the last
decade the Aircraft Program has moved in many directions, which has allowed
us not only to improve our ability to sample the atmosphere but also to
focus on specific regions where there is a need for higher spatial and
temporal resolution. This expansion in focus includes the development of a
new technique for sampling the atmosphere using an AirCore (
www.esrl.noaa.gov/gmd/ccgg/aircore/), as well as instrumentation that will
allow autonomous measurements of CO2, CH4 and CO on commercial aircraft.
The Aircraft Program also continues to play a major role in regional
studies focused on CH4 and CO2 emissions including studies in urban areas,
oil and gas producing regions and the Arctic tundra. At the postdoc level,
we are looking for someone who is interested in working with data and
instruments to help move projects like the AirCore from the experimental
stage to one that will allow regular sampling. At the research scientist
level, we are looking for someone who is willing to share a variety of
responsibilities in the group and to lead some of the efforts such as the
regional studies, AirCore research and/or commercial aircraft development.

The Position:
The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) is
seeking a Research Scientist and/or Postdoctoral Research Scientist
(depending on experience) to support the NOAA/ESRL/GMD/CCGG Aircraft
Program.  This program, is part of the larger Global Greenhouse Gas
Reference Network, which is an international effort to measure greenhouse
gases that includes regular, discrete samples from the NOAA/ESRL/GMD
baseline observatories, cooperative fixed sites, and commercial ships. The
CCGG Aircraft Program’s current focus is on understanding the North
American continent’s carbon budget and identifying and understanding carbon
sources and sinks on regional and continental scales.

Duties may include:
* Support the ongoing acquisition and quality control of in-situ and flask
measurements from a network of airborne platforms in North America.
* Improve techniques, procedures, and instrumentation used in the network,
in particular with in-situ measurements of the atmospheric CO2, CH4, CO and
possibly other species.
* Implement field campaigns on behalf of CCGG Aircraft Program within the
framework of the North American Carbon Program.
* Interpret the airborne atmospheric data over North America and the
surrounding marine regions to improve understanding of the North American
carbon budget and the carbon cycle on regional to global scales.
* Lead CCGG Aircraft Program’s effort to development of new instrumentation
and measurement techniques for use on regularly-scheduled commercial
aircraft or development of balloon borne high-altitude sampling system know
as the “AirCore”.
* Publish papers in peer-reviewed journals and present results at
scientific conferences.

Preferred Qualifications:
* PhD in atmospheric physics or chemistry, oceanography, or a related
physical science or engineering discipline
* Demonstrated experience making high-accuracy measurements of trace gases
* Basic understanding of atmospheric dynamics, particularly boundary layer
* Experience with scientific programming
* Demonstrated ability to analyze and interpret atmospheric observational
* Demonstrated ability to communicate results in a clear fashion to the
scientific community via peer-reviewed publications and presentations at
scientific meetings
* Willing and able to fly on research aircraft
* Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative environment

To apply, send a CV and cover letter to esrl.gmd.jobs at noaa.gov for
consideration. Review of applications will begin February 29 and continue
until the position(s) are filled.
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