CIRES/ NOAA CSL Atmospheric Chemical/Physical Research Scientist

CIRES/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL) in Boulder, Colorado is accepting applications for a Research Scientist.


Date posted

Apr. 13, 2021 12:00 am

Application deadline

June 13, 2021 12:00 am


CIRES/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL) in Boulder, Colorado


  • United States

Job description

CIRES/ NOAA CSL Atmospheric Chemical/Physical Research Scientist

Requisition Number: 29451
Location: Boulder, Colorado
Employment Type: Research Faculty
Schedule: Full-Time
Date Posted: 02-Apr-2021

Job Summary

We are encouraging applications for a Research Scientist to work on research relevant to the Earth’s climate atmosphere, and specifically to carry out aircraft-based measurements focused on stratospheric aerosol formation, dynamics, and physics within the context of Earth’s radiation budget and the stratospheric ozone layer. This position will work in close cooperation with an inclusive, supportive, and enthusiastic team of research staff in modifying and deploying a commercial laser-based instrument for measuring carbonyl sulfide (OCS), carbon monoxide (CO), and carbon dioxide (CO2) in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere, and interpreting and sharing the science from this effort. The instrument will fly on high altitude research aircraft such as the NASA WB-57F.

The Research Scientist will be dedicated to the success of this new project. Experience and detailed knowledge of laser-based spectroscopic techniques for measurement of trace gases, and/or experience with integration and operation of scientific instruments on airborne platforms are helpful qualifications for this position.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.


  • Spearhead efforts to deploy a commercial laser-based absorption instrument on a high-altitude research aircraft to measure CO, OCS, and CO2 to advance scientific understanding in the stratosphere.
  • Conduct laboratory tests to plan for and execute modifications of this instrument for optimal operation during airborne research flights.
  • Design and implement necessary mechanical modifications to integrate the instrument into aircraft for research flights, in conjunction with engineering support.
  • Participate in airborne science field missions using this instrument. Field missions require deployment for periods of 2 weeks to 2 months, typically once or twice per year, both domestically and internationally.
  • Process and analyze the data from this instrument from airborne missions. This requires interpretation of multi-parameter data sets, interaction with other instrument investigators.
  • Present findings at scientific meetings and in peer-reviewed scientific journals.


  • A Ph.D. in physics, chemistry, engineering, atmospheric science, or a related field.

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