Professional Research Assistant

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder, Colorado is seeking a research associate


Date posted

Aug. 24, 2016 12:00 am

Application deadline

Oct. 24, 2016 12:00 am


CIRES/NOAA Global Monitoring Division Radiation Group


  • United States

Job description

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) in Boulder, Colorado is seeking a research associate with scientific, technical, instrumental, and field experience to work in the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL)/Global Monitoring Division (GMD) Radiation Group. The successful candidate will take on responsibilities for managing instrument performance and measurements from ground-based radiometry at DOE Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) facilities and NOAA GMD field sites. This position will be located in Boulder, Colorado.


The NOAA Global Monitoring Division, part of the Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado, has been making long-term, continuous measurements of climate relevant atmospheric properties since the early 1970s. The Global Radiation Group monitors the surface radiation budget at several sites within the US and across the globe. The radiation budget is a measure of the energy input into and loss from the land-atmosphere system, which drives weather and climate patterns. Our group also measures atmospheric constituents such as clouds and aerosols that control variability in the radiation budget. Members of the NOAA Global Radiation Group support the same measurements made by the DOE ARM Facility. ARM has been making measurements at fixed and mobile sites across the globe since the early 1990s. The position will be in support of both DOE ARM and NOAA GMD measurements.


  1. Serve as the ARM deputy instrument mentor for the Multi-Filter Rotating Shadowband Radiometer (MFRSR) and related instruments. In this capacity the successful candidate will be tasked with monitoring MFRSR data daily across a number of sites, identifying instrumental and measurement problems, and directing ARM field technicians on actions for repair. Short, timely reports describing the problem and steps toward resolution are required. The successful candidate will serve as a liaison between scientists and field technicians and will also occasionally interface with program developers for the data archive.
  2. Support the NOAA SURFRAD network through regular site maintenance, instrument deployments, programming for data processing, data analysis, and research


  • B.A./B.S. or M.A./M.S. in Atmospheric Science, Engineering, or related field
  • Travel is necessary and expected, and will at times involve physically demanding work
  • Structured programming experience
  • Written and oral communication skills

Preference Given to Applicants with:

  • Demonstrated electronic skills such as troubleshooting and soldering
  • Direct experience with scientific instruments, particularly radiometers
  • Familiarity with data loggers, particularly Campbell Scientific products 
  • Scientific field experience
  • Experience performing data analysis and review
  • Working knowledge of Unix/Linux, and R, Perl, Java, and IDL languages
  • Strong background in statistics, e.g., graduate level course work
  • Hobbies/background that show familiarity with tools and general equipment repair
  • Machine shop experience

Training for specific tasks will be provided. 

Application Materials

Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Reference Letters (Not Confidential), Unofficial transcript(s) 

Application Materials Instructions: Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1 – Cover Letter; 2 – Resume; 3 – The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree; and 4 – A Letter of Recommendation This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.

To Apply:

CIRES/NOAA Global Monitoring Division Radiation Group: Professional Research Assistant


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