Measurement Systems Engineer

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) is seeking a Measurement Systems Engineer to support the Ground, Airborne and Ship programs within the NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory (GML) Carbon Cycle Greenhouse Gases (CCGG) Group.


Date posted

June 15, 2022 12:15 pm

Application deadline

July 15, 2022 5:00 pm


CIRES/NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory at the University of Colorado Boulder


  • United States

Job description

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) is seeking a Measurement Systems Engineer to support the Ground, Airborne and Ship programs within the NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory (GML) Carbon Cycle Greenhouse Gases (CCGG) Group. This group runs the Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network, an international effort to measure the global abundances, distributions and trends of atmospheric trace gases from fixed sites and mobile platforms, including aircraft, ships, and balloons.

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.

Who We Are

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) is an internationally recognized leader in innovative environmental science and research and is located at the University of Colorado Boulder. At CIRES, more than 800 environmental science professionals work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, solid Earth sciences, and more. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

The Global Monitoring Laboratory (GML) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration conducts research that addresses three major challenges: greenhouse gas and carbon cycle feedbacks, changes in clouds, aerosols, and surface radiation, and recovery of stratospheric ozone.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Specify, design, construct, retrofit, maintain, troubleshoot, and repair atmospheric measurement systems for ground, airborne and ship platforms.
  • Oversee the Measurement Systems Development Laboratory.
  • Test, characterize and modify atmospheric trace gas analyzers and flask measurement systems.
  • Deploy measurement systems to the field and provide ongoing technical support for field projects.
  • Provide input to collaborating scientists and partner organizations on engineering solutions for measurement needs.

What You Should Know

  • This is an on-site position with the option for a hybrid work modality.
  • The start date for this appointment is approximately August 15th (there is some flexibility).
  • This position will be rostered in CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder, but will be physically situated in the David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305. Selected finalists will be required to pass a federal background check for site access.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Require

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related scientific discipline. Experience in a related engineering or scientific discipline may substitute for education on a year-per-year basis.

What You Will Need

  • Understanding of mechanical systems, materials, and machining.
  • Experience with analog and digital electronics design and development.
  • Ability to productively manage multiple tasks and thrive in a highly interactive team environment.
  • Detail-oriented, organized, and meticulous.
  • Good oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Creative problem solver.
  • Ability to travel up to 10% of time or more.

What We Would Like You To Have

Please note that while the position description includes both required and desired skills and experience, applicants do not need to have all of the desired skills and experience to be considered for this position. If you meet the minimum qualifications, have passion for the work, and experience in a related field, you are encouraged to apply.

  • Experience with trace gas measurement equipment and techniques.
  • Experience with computer-aided design.
  • Knowledge of computer programming languages for instrument control and data analysis.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
Be prepared to submit contact information for 3 professional references (at least one must be/ must have been a supervisor). If you are selected as a finalist for this role, we will ask you to invite them to complete a SkillSurvey questionnaire on your behalf. SkillSurvey is an online automated reference check solution. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

Positions will remain posted until filled. Applications received by July 1st will receive full consideration.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Kathryn McKain

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