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[Met-jobs] Postdoc Position in Radiation, Clouds and Boundary Layer Interactions

From Joseph Sedlar <joseph.sedlar@Colorado.EDU>
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Date Thu, 28 May 2020 16:01:26 +0000

Dear all,

We have an opening for a postdoctoral researcher within CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder and the NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory to examine the relationships between radiative and turbulent energy fluxes, clouds and boundary layer response/feedbacks from various observational stations in the continental US. Please see the following advertisement, or follow the link here:

Joseph Sedlar

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CIRES/NOAA GML Radiation and Cloud Observational Post-Doctoral Researcher

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at CU Boulder encourages applications for a Post-Doctoral Researcher within the Global Monitoring Laboratory (GML) of NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratories (ESRL) in Boulder, Colorado. The researcher will develop new cloud, radiation, and boundary layer products for analysis of atmospheric processes. The researcher will develop scientific insights into the role and feedbacks of radiation and clouds in boundary layer processes for weather and climate research. The researcher will work alongside federal and university employees engaged in research examining the Earth’s surface radiation budget and climate forcing properties of atmospheric constituents from short-term field campaigns as well as long-term U.S. surface radiation Networks.

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

At CIRES, 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 CU 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 the scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

Global Monitoring Laboratory

GML’s mission is to conduct research that addresses three major challenges: greenhouse gas and carbon cycle feedbacks; fundamental understanding between clouds, aerosols, and surface radiation; and recovery of stratospheric ozone.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Develop an improved boundary layer product from ceilometer retrievals across seven SURFRAD observatories and several short-term deployments.
  • Develop a combined radiation and cloud property data product to assist research in weather and climate applications.
  • Preparation and interpretation of collected radiation, cloud, and aerosol data-sets and analysis of their role in boundary layer processes. This requires analysis of multi-parameter data sets, interacting with other investigators including observationalists and climate modelers (e.g. CHEESEHEAD campaign and Wind and Solar NWP forecasting verification and improvement).
  • Develop and optimize procedures to evaluate/compare point measurements of radiation made by GML with the time and spatial resolution elements of radiation models, numerical weather models, and satellite observations.
  • Presentation of findings at scientific meetings and publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals.

What You Should Know

  • The position is available for a period of two years with the possibility of extension.
  • This position will be rostered in CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder, but will be physically situated in the NOAA ESRL David Skaggs Research Center, 325 Broadway, Boulder, CO 80305, on a federal research campus. If you are the finalist you will be required to pass a background clearance for site access.
  • Contact Dr. Kathleen Lantz ( of CIRES for further information concerning this position.

What We Can Offer

We can offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. 


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. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • Recent Ph.D. degree in Atmospheric Science, Meteorology, Chemical, or Physical Sciences
  • Statistics experience and strong programming, preferably in Python, Matlab, or R
  • Extensive experience in handling moderately large scientific data sets, including significant data analysis skills

What You Will Need

  • Ability to understand radiation and cloud observing systems (e.g. radiometers, ceilometers) with a proven understanding of boundary layer meteorology
  • A strong publication record that includes first author publications

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience deploying radiometers, ceilometers or aerosol instrumentation for climate and atmospheric science applications is desirable
  • Experience modifying and/or developing retrievals of cloud, aerosol, and boundary layer properties from lidar is desirable

Special Instructions

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. List of contact information for 3 references who will be willing to write a confidential Letter of Recommendation for you. 

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.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Position will remain posted until filled. 

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

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Kathy Lantz

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