Post-Doctoral Associate or Research Associate (Research Scientist) in Radiation, Cloud, Aerosol and Boundary Layer Observations — Penn State Meteorology and Atmospheric Science

The researcher will develop new boundary layer, cloud, aerosol and radiation products for the analysis of atmospheric processes.

Publication date

Apr. 1, 2022 14:45

Deadline for application

May 1, 2022 17:00


CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder/NOAA Global Monitoring Laboratory


Work description

At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the Earth’s dynamic system, including the relationship of people to the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, Earth’s pole shifts, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and the hard sciences. from the earth. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and social understanding of the Earth system.

Global Monitoring Laboratory

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

For Postdoctoral Associates:

  • Collaborate in the collection, preparation and/or interpretation of radiation, cloud and aerosol data sets and the analysis of their role in the boundary layer and radiation processes. This requires analysis of multi-parameter data sets and interaction with other researchers, including observationalists and modellers.
  • Develop code and processes to create data products as needed.
  • Presentation of findings at scientific meetings and publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals, as appropriate.

Additional Responsibilities of Research Associates (Research Scientists):

  • In addition to the duties identified above, within CIRES/NOAA GML, a Research Associate (Scientist) is also responsible for conducting original research and/or supporting research through work in the field of atmospheric science.
  • Outreach, education, and service activities are also important components of a research associate’s effort.
  • The position is available for a period of two years with the possibility of extension should funds become available.
  • Contact Joseph Sedlar ([email protected]) or Laura Riihimaki ([email protected]) at CIRES for more information about this position.

For Postdoctoral Associates:

  • Ph.D. in Atmospheric Sciences, Meteorology, Chemistry, Physical Sciences or a related field.

Additional requirements for scientific researchers:

  • At least 1 year of postdoctoral research experience.
  • Proven ability for self-guided, motivated, and original research, as documented by multiple publications by the first authors.
  • Ability to understand cloud and radiation observing systems (eg radiometers, nephrobameters) with a strong understanding of boundary layer meteorology.
  • Strong programming skills, preferably in Python, Matlab, or R.
  • Ability to handle moderately large scientific data sets, including strong data analysis skills.
  • Willingness to collaborate with multiple research groups and internal and external projects as science requires.

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