CIRES/ NOAA CSL Stratospheric Data Analysis Research Scientist

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at CU Boulder encourages applications for a Research Scientist.


Date posted

Feb. 4, 2021 12:00 am

Application deadline

Apr. 4, 2021 12:00 am


The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)


  • United States

Job description

CIRES/ NOAA CSL Stratospheric Data Analysis Research Scientist

Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at CU Boulder encourages applications for a Research Scientist within the Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL) of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratories (ESRL) in Boulder, Colorado. The researcher will work alongside federal and university employees to assess the global impact of past and potential future anthropogenic perturbations to the stratosphere (e.g., due to ozone depleting substances), as well as the processes controlling variability of stratospheric water vapor and ozone from interannual to decadal time scales. The researcher will be involved in extending and enhancing an existing long-term satellite data record of stratospheric ozone and water vapor maintained by CSL, and using this record to pursue relevant scientific topics of interest.
We seek an individual with demonstrated expertise in the analysis and interpretation of satellite atmospheric composition measurements and chemistry-climate models. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in data and statistical analysis techniques, scientific programming in languages such as IDL and Python, and Unix computing environments. Familiarity with stratospheric processes controlling ozone and water vapor as well as connections between the stratosphere and troposphere is beneficial. The ability to work well with other researchers and support staff in a collaborative research environment is essential. The applicant should have experience both in writing papers for the peer-reviewed literature and presenting his/her research at scientific meetings. A Ph.D. in the field of atmospheric science, environmental science, chemistry, physics, or the equivalent is required.

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.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Evaluate and implement new data sources, uncertainty quantification methods, and merging techniques for improving an existing long-term stratospheric composition data set.
  • Assess sub-seasonal to decadal stratospheric water vapor and ozone variability in relation to tropospheric and stratospheric processes using a variety of data from satellites, in situ measurements, and model output.
  • Summarize results in scientific manuscripts and conference presentations.

What We Require

  • Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences or a related field.
  • Programming experience.
  • Proven knowledge of large-scale atmospheric dynamics.
  • Background in data analysis and statistics.
  • Experience in manipulating large datasets (including model output).

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