Postdoc Researcher in Chemical Sciences

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at CU Boulder encourages applications for a Post-Doctoral Researcher 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 characterize the relationship of large-scale atmospheric dynamics and teleconnections to surface climate and chemical transport. The researcher will analyze stratospheric dynamics, chemistry, and transport in different climate change and intervention model simulations. The researcher will be involved in developing model diagnostics to evaluate the role of stratosphere-troposphere coupling in NOAA’s Unified Forecast System.

We seek an individual with demonstrated expertise in large-scale atmospheric dynamics on subseasonal to decadal timescales. It is also desired that the applicant have a record of publications in the peer-reviewed literature and experience presenting his/her research at scientific meetings. A Ph.D. in the field of atmospheric science, environmental science or the equivalent is required as is experience with analysis of global climate model output.

Who We Are

At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at the Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system. In the Chemical Sciences Laboratory (CSL) of the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratories, researchers build instruments to make precise measurements, conduct laboratory experiments, design and execute field missions, analyze observations, and use sophisticated computer models to better understand how our changing atmosphere is influencing climate – and therefore people.


• Analyze tracer transport in climate model simulations to understand how large-scale atmospheric processes and teleconnections influence stratosphere-to-troposphere transport of chemical constituents.

• Analyze dynamics and stratospheric chemistry in climate intervention simulations.

• Develop and/or test diagnostics for assessing stratosphere-troposphere coupling in sub-seasonal to seasonal forecast models.

• Summarize results in scientific manuscripts and conference presentations

What You Should Know

CIRES commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, along with a generous benefits package.


• Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences or a related field.

• Programming experience

• Demonstrated knowledge of large-scale atmospheric dynamics

• Background in data analysis and statistics

• Experience in manipulating large datasets (including model output)

• Excellent organizational skills and logical thinking ability

• Ability to work as a team member in data analysis and interpretation of results

• Proven track record writing scientific journal articles and giving conference presentations


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment.

Application Materials

To apply, please submit the following materials:

1. Resume/CV

2. Cover letter briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position

3. Contact information for 3 references who would be willing to write a letter of recommendation for you if you are selected as a finalist for the position. Please notify your references in advance that you have listed them as possibly providing a letter of recommendation. If you are selected as a finalist, only 1 letter will be required. You will receive an email from the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department, asking you to specify which one of the references you would like to be contacted. Your reference will receive an email from CU Boulder Campus Human Resources and requested to upload the letter of recommendation through the link provided in the email. This letter will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.

If you are selected for the position, 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. Applications received by May 15 2021 will receive full consideration.

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

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