Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (Mckinney)


: $91,640.00 - $165,270.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Scientific Research

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CIRES/ NOAA GMD Atmospheric Trace-Gas Analyst PRA

TheCooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)in Boulder, Colorado is seeking anAssociate Scientist I or IIto work at the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL) with its Global Monitoring Division (GMD) in the Halocarbon and Atmospheric Trace Species (HATS) Group. Our group conducts research using our measurements of over 60 trace gases, including substances that deplete stratospheric ozone, non-CO2 greenhouse gases, and hazardous air pollutants. Our group measures the atmospheric concentrations of halocarbons and other trace gases in air collected in flasks at sites around the world. The successful candidate will be responsible for operating one of the instruments and providing accurate and precise concentration measurements of these trace gases on an ongoing basis.

The initial term of the appointment is for one year, with a possibility of extension in future years.

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 peoples 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 Earths 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.

The Global Monitoring Division (GMD) of the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, is dedicated to acquiring, evaluating, and making available accurate, long-term records of atmospheric gases, aerosol particles, clouds, and surface radiation in a manner that allows the causes and consequences of change to be understood. We do this by regularly making high precision and high accuracy measurements of trace gases, aerosols, and surface radiation at remote sites across the globe and at regional sites across the U.S.

  • Be the primary analyst operating a gas chromatograph-electron capture detection (GC-ECD) instrument for the analysis of flask-air samples and calibration standards. Assist other group members involved with the analysis of these flask samples by gas chromatograph-mass selective detection (GC-MSD) instrumentation.
  • Provide quantitative atmospheric concentration data from the instrumental analyses by controlling instrumental results (e.g., integrating the GC peaks) for the various trace gases using laboratory software.
  • Provide primary responsibility for maintaining the stainless-steel flasks in the HATS network. Repair flasks and replace parts as necessary.
  • Act as the primary contact for shipping and handling of flasks, to and from stations, and within the group so that uninterrupted sampling on an ongoing basis is ensured. Maintain databases with metadata associated with sampling events and locations for each flask sample received by the lab.
  • Assist in running gas standards used to calibrate instruments within the HATS group and by others external to HATS.
  • Supervise student employees with operations in the flask lab.
  • Regularly communicate with scientists in HATS and GMD on the status of operations, instrument performance, results, and planning activities related to instrument or procedural modifications and use, and interpretations of results.
  • Present results obtained from this program at local and national meetings, including the HATS group meetings, the NOAA Global Monitoring Annual Conference and the CIRES Rendezvous.

What You Should Know

  • The initial term of the appointment is for one year, with a possibility of extension in future years.
  • 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. If you are the selected finalist you will be required to pass a federal laboratory background clearance for site access.

What We Can Offer

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


  • B.S. or M.S in Atmospheric Sciences, Analytical Chemistry, Engineering, Physics or related field.
  • Programming experience, in particular related to instrument operation and data analysis using Python or equivalent.

What You Will Need

  • A strong background and demonstrated expertise in trace gas analysis.
  • A general knowledge of atmospheric science and trace gases.
  • A willingness to travel occasionally to field sampling locations and meetings.
  • Valid automobile license to pick up flasks and other equipment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience in analyzing samples in a scientific or corporate environment of 1-4 years.
  • Experience in customizing trace gas analysis instrumentation, computer-instrument interface control, basic electronics, and data analysis.
  • Programming experience in one or more commonly used languages, e.g., MySQL, Perl, Python, C/C++, Unix shell, Fortran. Familiarity with Office-type applications.
  • Experience with NetCDF, CSV, or text data formats.

The University of Colorado offers excellentbenefits , 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 theUniversity of Colorado Boulder .

Application Materials

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • Resume or CV
  • Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  • List of contact information for 3 references who will be willing to write a confidential Letter of Recommendation for you. You dont need to include letters of recommendation with your initial application. The search committee will request letters of recommendation at a later time If you are identified as a finalist for this role.

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.

The position will be open until filled. Applications will be screened as they are received.

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

Associated topics: agrosciences, biodiversity, climate, ecology, environment, epa, ocean, sustainable, water monitoring, wetlands * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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