[ES_JOBS_NET] Scientist I/II, NCAR – Atmospheric Chemistry Observations & Modeling, Boulder, CO

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Sun Mar 13 11:19:07 MDT 2016


Scientist I/II

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Job Description

    *Scientist I/II*


    *PLEASE NOTE: *This is a full-time, 5-year term position.

    NCAR – Atmospheric Chemistry Observations & Modeling (ACOM)

    Partial relocation costs paid per UCAR’s relocation policy

    UCAR/NCAR will sponsor a work visa to fill this position

    ACOM’s research focuses on advancing understanding and predictive
    capability for atmospheric composition and related processes.
    Research is organized around two major themes – Air Quality
    Prediction and Weather-Chemistry-Climate Interactions – and includes
    for example, a focus on issues related to the interaction of
    anthropogenic and biogenic chemical emissions, the effects of
    wildfires on air quality, and the impacts of upper troposphere/lower
    stratosphere (UT/LS) and middle atmosphere composition on climate.
    The synthesis of observations with atmospheric chemistry models is
    central to progress, with a focus on understanding and modeling
    fundamental processes. ACOM scientists work closely with the wider
    research community, providing intellectual leadership and facility
    support for measurement capabilities, laboratory and field
    experiments and community atmospheric chemistry models.



    The incumbent will engage in original research that is aligned with
    and supports the strategic vision for ACOM and NCAR as described in
    the current ACOM and NCAR Strategic Plans. Through research,
    community service, leadership, and education and outreach
    activities, the incumbent will help foster a culture of scientific
    excellence within ACOM and NCAR and help support the scientific
    community (particularly the university community). She/he will
    pursue original research and seek out opportunities to participate
    in research projects of a scale commensurate with that expected of a
    national center and address issues of national and international

    For Scientist I: Research will be carried out under the guidance of
    higher-level scientist(s). Incumbent will contribute specific skills
    and knowledge to a research project.

    For Scientist II: Research is conducted at a more independent level,
    and may involve leadership in the development and coordination of
    multi-participant research programs, development of instruments and
    participation in the use of these instruments for scientific
    research, and collaboration with scientific users of UCAR facilities.

    Specific areas of research can include any or all of the following
    (or related) areas:

      * Determination of mechanisms for atmospheric oxidation of organic
        species, through a combination of laboratory (chamber) and field
        (ground- or aircraft-based) research.
      * Development and deployment of atmospheric chemistry
        instrumentation for use in ground- or aircraft-based atmospheric
        field campaigns.
      * Evaluation and/or development of oxidation schemes for VOCs used
        in process-level and/or regional or global atmospheric chemistry
        and transport models.
      * Studies of secondary organic aerosol formation and growth
        mechanisms, through laboratory or field observations of OVOCs
        and related processes.



      * Identifies important questions related to oxidation of organic
        species in the atmosphere, and/or secondary organic aerosol
        formation, growth and loss. Develops and conducts field and
        laboratory investigations to address these questions. Develops
        novel instruments for deployment on collaborative field
        campaigns (aircraft- or ground-based). Conducts collaborative
        research to develop and/or evaluate oxidation schemes used in
        atmospheric chemistry models. Publishes / presents results and
        implications at national and international scientific meetings
        and in refereed journals.
      * Coordinates and develops collaborative activities involving
        university and NCAR scientists. Engages in ACOM laboratory
        meetings and related activities and is constructively engaged in
        the professional life of the laboratory with the goal of
        providing input to ACOM/NCAR planning for future research
        priorities and strategies. May supervise junior staff, advise
        and mentor post-doctoral fellows. Provides leadership within
        NCAR and ACOM, and provides advice on the NCAR and ACOM research
      * Submit proposals for funding from other agencies to participate
        in scientific activities where that activity will contribute to
        the more complete or prompt achievement of ACOM and NCAR
        organizational goals.
      * Contributes to scientific programs by serving on NCAR, national
        and international committees. Works with colleagues in NCAR, the
        university community and other agencies to seek opportunities to
        develop new activities that enhance the mission(s) of our
        primary sponsors and university stakeholders. Reviews
        manuscripts submitted to peer-reviewed journals and proposals
        submitted to funding agencies as appropriate.
      * Seeks out opportunities to contribute to the NCAR Education and
        Outreach mission, both through individual efforts and through
        larger organized efforts.



    *Education and Experience:*

      * Education: PhD (Atmospheric Science, Chemistry, Physics, or
      * Experience:
          o For Scientist I:  PhD, at early stage of scientific career,
            with demonstrated record of publication.
          o For Scientist II:  3-7 years’ experience beyond PhD, with a
            demonstrated record of publications.

    *Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:*

      * Scientist I -
          o A demonstrated commitment to, and strong record in, carrying
            out and publishing original research in atmospheric chemistry.
          o Excellent knowledge of tropospheric chemistry, particularly
            related to the chemistry of organic compounds.
          o Experience and demonstrated skill in the deployment of field
            instruments, as part of collaborative field campaigns.
          o Experience and demonstrated skill in the design and conduct
            of laboratory-based atmospheric chemistry experiments.
          o Knowledge of in situ observational instrumentation, and
            ability to develop measurement techniques and instruments.
          o Skill in interpretation of data obtained in experiments, and
            in written and oral communication of research results.
          o Ability to work well within a multidisciplinary team.
          o Experience and ability in the writing of scientific
            publications and research proposals.
          o Ability to present research results effectively as evidenced
            by oral presentations and invited talks within NCAR, at
            national and international meetings, and at research
          o Demonstrated knowledge of mathematical methods for data
          o Demonstrated working skill in essential programming tools
            for instrument development and data analysis (e.g., Labview,
            AutoSketch, IGOR).
      * Scientist II – more advanced knowledge, skills and abilities. In
        addition to the above,
          o Ability to participate, lead and interact productively
            within a multidisciplinary research team.
          o Ability to supervise and/or mentor junior and support staff,
            postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.
          o Advanced knowledge of in situ observational instrumentation,
            ability to develop measurement techniques and instruments,
            and ability to contribute to the design of complex
            collaborative research initiatives.
          o Skill in representing the division at institutional
            functions or meetings, and advocating for ACOM science.

    *Decision Making:*

      * Scientist I -
          o Identifies sound scientific questions and designs
            experiments to address them.
          o Applies scientific judgment to the evaluation of instrument
            performance and the interpretation of field and laboratory
          o Contributes to the development of new instrumentation or new
            research endeavors.
      * Scientist II – More independence in decision making.
          o Identifies sound scientific questions.         Designs
            experiments, and contributes to the design of broader
            research programs (e.g., field projects) to address them.
          o Applies scientific judgment to the evaluation of instrument
            performance and the interpretation of field and laboratory
          o Allocates resources to specific research projects.
          o Contributes leadership to the development of new
            instrumentation or new research endeavors.

    *Problem Solving:*

      * Scientist I -
          o Analyzes and assesses scientific results, and draws conclusions.
          o Identifies and solves problems related to deployment of
            instrumentation on field programs, or related to laboratory
      * Scientist II – More complex problem solving.
          o In addition to the above, contributes to data interpretation
            and problem solving in a collaborative, multidisciplinary
            research setting.


    The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an
    equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that
    strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is
    committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and
    applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of
    race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex,
    gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual
    orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.

    Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the
    University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are
    committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that
    values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization.

Job Location
    Boulder, , United States
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