University of Colorado CIRES/CSD Atmospheric /Physical Research Associate in Boulder, Colorado

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) has an opening for a Research Scientist, located in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Earth System Research Laboratory Chemical Science Division (NOAA/ESRL/CSD), Boulder, Colorado. The selected candidate will work in close cooperation with the research staff of CIRES and ESRL/CSD in developing and using miniature optical and particle instruments for measurement of aerosol and trace gases in the troposphere and lower stratosphere.


Participation in the design, construction, and deployment of field instruments for measuring aerosol and trace gases on high-altitude balloon and unmanned aircraft system (UAS) platforms. Scientific objectives include in situ balloon sampling of the Asian tropopause aerosol layer and development of a ground network of aerosol instruments.

Construction, operation, maintenance, and calibration of aerosol instrumentation.

Participation in field missions to make atmospheric measurements. Field missions often require up to several weeks at deployment sites.

Interpretation of collected aerosol data to address science questions on the role of aerosol in atmospheric processes and climate. This includes analysis of multi-parameter data sets, interaction with other instrument investigators, and the use of models and model results.

Preparation of data and its interpretation for presentation at scientific meetings and for publication in peer-reviewed journals of the atmospheric sciences.


PhD in physics, chemistry, atmospheric science, or related field.

Interest in building and using custom instrumentation to make measurements in the atmosphere and analyzing these observations to address atmospheric problems of contemporary interest. A background in atmospheric science is not required.

Experience with the design, fabrication, operation, and maintenance of complex instrumentation in a laboratory or field environment. Experience with optics and optical sensors is highly desirable.

Experience with data analysis and presentation of scientific results for meetings and for publication in scientific journals.

Contact Dr. Ru-Shan Gao ( of the NOAA/ESRL/CSD or Dr. Troy Thornberry ( of CIRES for further information concerning this position.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest and complete CV including any publications.

Job: *Faculty

Organization: *B0001 -- Boulder Campus

Title: CIRES/CSD Atmospheric /Physical Research Associate

Location: Boulder

Requisition ID: 13230