CIRES/CSD Atmospheric Research Position
The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado Boulder is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to study atmospheric aerosol radiative properties. The successful applicant will work in the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – Earth System Research Laboratory/Chemical Sciences Division (NOAA ESRL/CSD). Within this Division, the researcher will work closely with a team of federal and university scientists responsible for measurements and analysis of aerosol optical, chemical, and microphysical properties. The researcher will help evaluate a new instrument now being developed that will measure ambient aerosol optical extinction. This work will involve assembling, testing, and improving the prototype, evaluating its performance, and performing field measurements to study aerosol optical properties at all ambient humidities, including approaching saturation. Interpretation of these data will help advance the understanding of the climate forcing properties of atmospheric aerosol particles and their sources, atmospheric processing, and fates. Additional research tasks include the operation of and analysis of data from a multi-channel cavity ringdown aerosol extinction instrument operated on NOAA and NASA research aircraft. The initial term of the appointment is for one year, with a possibility of extension to a maximum of three years.
Participate in the assembly, operation, testing, and calibration of an open-path cavity ringdown instrument now under construction that will measure aerosol extinction at ambient conditions. Contribute to design improvements of this instrument.
Operate an existing cavity ringdown aerosol extinction instrument during airborne field projects anticipated in summer 2013.
Participate in data reduction, critical evaluation, and archiving of the field data.
Analyze the data, in conjunction with other field and laboratory measurements and model results, to evaluate and improve current understanding of aerosol optical properties, the processes that affect them, and the climaterelevant consequences. Present the results at scientific meetings and publish them in peer-reviewed journals.
Doctoral degree in engineering, physics, or chemistry, or related field. Capability for self-guided, motivated, and original research.
Ability to work well with other researchers and support staff in a cooperative research environment.
Experience in design, construction, operation, and maintenance of custom-built scientific instrumentation.
Experience with laser systems and aerosol generation and measurement is desirable.
Experience with design, construction, testing, and troubleshooting of electronic and optical subassemblies is desirable.
Ability to perform required duties associated with ~2 month field deployments in support of focused measurement campaigns.
Please contact Dr. Charles A. Brock (303-497-3795 / Charles.A.Brock@noaa.gov) at NOAA ESRL/CSD for further information.
The position will be filled as a Research Associate at the University of Colorado at Boulder and will be eligible for employee benefits, including 22 days of vacation (for a 100% position) per year. You must use www.jobsatcu.com to formally apply for this position. Search for this position using job posting ID 818648 Be prepared to upload a cover letter, your current resume/cv, proof of your degree (upload under Doc 1), and a letter of recommendation (upload under Doc 2)
The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at (303) 492-1334. The University of Colorado at Boulder conducts background checks for all final applicants being considered for employment
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