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[Met-jobs] PhD at CU Boulder in trace gas flux sensing in Arctic permafrost environments

From Caroline Alden <Caroline.Alden@Colorado.EDU>
Date Thu, 16 Jul 2020 12:49:47 -0600

PhD at CU Boulder in trace gas flux sensing in Arctic permafrost environments

Climate change has important effects at high-latitudes and Arctic communities have strong interests in understanding the scales and impacts of amplified warming. In Alaska, CH4 emitted from thermokarst lakes is poised to increase the radiative effect this century but substantial disagreement surrounds the timing and scale. The proposed work brings together Alaskan communities with social and natural scientists to examine changes in inland thermokarst lake environments and effects on Yukon River watershed villages and global climate. 

We invite applications for a PhD student at the University of Colorado, Boulder, to be affiliated with the Precision Laser Diagnostics Laboratory. The applicant will be expected to perform biosphere-atmosphere methane flux modeling using trace gas observations. The applicant will also be expected to assist in the field deployment of a dual frequency comb spectrometer in the Arctic and become capable of monitoring and maintaining measurements remotely from the University of Colorado campus. Additional travel to the Arctic to assist with auxiliary measurements and instrument upkeep will be expected (~1 month of travel / year). 

The ideal candidate will have a background in engineering and a strong interest in and/or background in biogeochemistry and/or biosphere-atmosphere fluxes of trace gases. The student will be advised by faculty in CU Engineering and at the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and will additionally work closely with collaborators at the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. The student’s home department and degree program are negotiable.

Minimum Background:
1. BS or BA in engineering, mathematics, or a relevant field of science.
2. Ability to pursue research both independently and collaboratively.
3. A strong background in programming.

The position is for the duration of the PhD. The ideal start date is for the Fall 2020 semester.

For more information please send a copy of CV and cover letter to Dr. Caroline Alden ( and Dr. Greg Rieker (

Caroline Alden, PhD
Research Scientist
CIRES / University of Colorado Boulder
(c) 719 930 5281

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