CIRES/NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory, Methane Modeling Post-Doctoral Associate
Company: University of Colorado
Posted on: September 15, 2023
**CIRES/NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory, Methane Modeling
**Requisition Number:** 50913
**Location:** Boulder Colorado
**Employment Type:** Research Faculty
**Schedule:** Full Time
**Posting Close Date:**
The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences
(CIRES) and the NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory (GML) in Boulder,
Colorado announce an opportunity for postdoctoral research related
to the global atmospheric methane budget. The position involves
using in situ and remote sensing data, along with data
assimilation/flux inversion methods and atmospheric transport
modeling to estimate methane emissions and its atmospheric
distribution. Potential areas of inquiry include evaluating the use
of remotely sensed flux mapping and source imaging data in methane
flux inversions, improved quantification of model transport errors,
use of stable methane isotopes to discriminate between fossil and
microbial emissions, and reducing uncertainty related to
atmospheric chemical sinks. The goal of this research is to explore
possible improvements to the NOAA CarbonTracker-CH4 modeling
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**
CIRES (https://cires.colorado.edu/) 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 peoples relationship
with the planet. CIRES has partnered with NOAA since 1967, and our
areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at Earths
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.
Global Monitoring Laboratory (GML) (https://www.gml.noaa.gov/) of
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) operates
long-term observing systems of atmospheric carbon, water vapor,
ozone, ozone depleting substances, aerosols, radiation and clouds,
and develops new observing, analytical and modeling capabilities to
enable a process understanding of past and future changes.
**What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be**
+ Prepare remote sensing and in situ data for use in a modeling
system, including consideration of measurement and model
+ Design and execution of model experiments aimed at understanding
constraints imposed by different types of observations at various
spatial and temporal scales.
+ Consider how super-emitter data can be incorporated into regional
or global atmospheric inversions.
+ Design and execution of model experiments to identify improved
prior emissions and better approaches for treatment of atmospheric
chemical methane sinks.
+ Evaluate the potential benefits of using stable isotope
observations in atmospheric methane inversions.
**What You Should Know**
+ This is a 3-year appointment.
+ The targeted start date for this appointment is October 1st,
+ This position will be rostered in CIRES at the University of
Colorado Boulder, but will be located at the David Skaggs Research
Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO.
+ If you are the selected finalist, you may be required to pass a
federal laboratory background clearance for site access. Non-US
citizens without green cards may have limited building access, and
require an escort in the building.
**What We Can Offer**
+ CIRES offers a generous compensation package.
+ The annual hiring salary range for this position is
$65,000-$71,000. Salary is commensurate with education and
experience and determined based on our CIRES internal career track
+ Relocation funds are available following CIRES and the University
of Colorados relocation processes and procedures.
+ This position offers a hybrid work environment with both on-site
and remote work hours.
+ CIRES and the University of Colorado Boulder offer a robust
training curriculum, opportunities for professional development and
a Mentorship Program.
+ Boulder is a vibrant community with access to mountain parks, dog
parks, miles of trails, rivers, lakes, cafes, restaurants,
boutiques, theaters, museums, and sports venues. Boulder was
recently ranked as one of the top places to live in the U.S. by
+ As an employee at CU Boulder, you receive a pass allowing free
access to the regional public transit system
(https://www.rtd-denver.com/) , which is an outstanding network of
buses and light rail systems that provide service within Boulder
and connect to Denver, the Denver airport, and surrounding
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits
(https://www.colorado.edu/jobs/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. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder
Be ambitious. Be groundbreaking. Be Boulder.
**What We Require**
+ A Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science, Earth System Science or a related
+ Demonstrated experience with numerical modeling preferably on
high performance computing systems
+ Experience in publishing peer-reviewed journal articles, and
presenting research findings at scientific conferences.
**What You Will Need**
+ Skill in analysis and visualization of large data sets.
+ Familiarity with both compiled and high-level programming
+ Ability to work as part of an inclusive and productive team as
well as the ability to formulate independent ideas.
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.
3. Although not required at the time of application, please be
ready to submit information for 3 professional references (must
include at least 1 supervisor). If you are identified as a finalist
for this role, you will be asked to invite your references to
complete a SkillSurvey questionnaire on your behalf. SkillSurvey is
an online reference check solution. All information is kept
confidential and shared only with the search committee members.
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
This position will remain open until finalists have been
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For
consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder
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