[ES_JOBS_NET] University of Colorado CIRES/NOAA Chemical Sciences Division Postdoc Position

Chelsea Thompson - NOAA Affiliate chelsea.thompson at noaa.gov
Wed May 3 11:43:08 MDT 2017

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at CU-Boulder is hiring for a postdoctoral position working with the NOy Ozone measurement group located in the NOAA Chemical Sciences Division. The successful candidate will be expected to help operate and maintain the NOyO3 chemiluminescence instrument on the on-going NASA Atmospheric Tomography (ATom) mission and on the upcoming NOAA FIREX/NASA Firechem joint mission, as well as perform data processing and analyses for publications. Experience with aircraft measurements is a plus but not required. The ability to participate in extended field campaigns is necessary. 

The application for this position is open and can be found online at the CU Careers website (https://cu.taleo.net/careersection/jobdetail.ftl?job=09324&lang=en# <https://cu.taleo.net/careersection/jobdetail.ftl?job=09324&lang=en#>). The job description is included below. The primary contact for this position is Tom Ryerson (thomas.b.ryerson at noaa.gov <mailto:thomas.b.ryerson at noaa.gov>). Questions can also be directed to Chelsea Thompson (chelsea.thompson at noaa.gov <mailto:chelsea.thompson at noaa.gov>).

CIRES/CSD Research Associate

 The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado at Boulder is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to participate in the NASA Atmospheric Tomography mission (ATom) (espo.nasa.gov/missions/atom/content/ATom). The successful candidate will participate in the deployment and operation of the NOAA NOyO3 (nitrogen oxides and ozone) chemiluminescence instrument aboard the NASA DC-8 research aircraft, and perform data analysis to improve our scientific understanding of the effects of human and natural emissions on the chemical reactivity of the background atmosphere.   

The position is located in the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Earth System Research Laboratory (NOAA ESRL) in Boulder, CO, and this work will be carried out as part of a team of federal and CIRES scientists in the Chemical Sciences Division (esrl.noaa.gov/csd/groups/csd7) of NOAA ESRL.  The initial appointment will be for 2 years with the possibility of extension following exemplary performance.

 Key Responsibilities

 • Maintain and operate the NOAA NOyO3 chemiluminescence instrument in the laboratory and in the field.  Design, test, and implement upgrades to this instrument as needed.

 • Carry out atmospheric measurements of reactive nitrogen oxides and ozone (NO, NO2, NOy, and O3) aboard the NASA DC-8 research aircraft.  Perform data reduction, critical evaluation, and archiving of the data.

 • Excel under pressure as part of a dynamic field research group to prepare for and participate in ATom airborne deployments.

  • Analyze the data, in conjunction with other ATom 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.

 • Identify and carry out novel analyses leading to the presentation of scientific results at conferences and publications in peer-reviewed journals.

 Skills and Qualifications

 • A Ph.D. in a physical science (physics, chemistry, engineering, or a related field) is required.  Proven capability for self-guided, motivated, and original research as documented by first-authored publications.

• Proven experience in design, construction, operation, and maintenance of custom-built scientific instrumentation.

 • Ability to work well with other researchers and support staff in a collaborative research environment.

 ▪ Ability to perform required duties associated with ~2 month field deployments in support of the ATom mission.

 Contact information:

Thomas B. Ryerson, Ph.D.

Tropospheric Chemistry Program Lead

thomas.b.ryerson at noaa.gov

(303) 497-7531

Chelsea Thompson, PhD
University of Colorado CIRES
NOAA Chemical Sciences Division
325 Broadway
Boulder, Colorado 80305

Office: 303-497-5957
Skype: crthompson626

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