Atmospheric Chemistry Observations & Modeling Scientist I/II, National Center for Atmospheric Research

Boulder, Colorado 

Organization: National Center for Atmospheric Research

Type of opportunity: Full-time, 5-year term, Scientist I or II

Basic job function:

For Scientist I: Research will be carried out under the guidance of higher-level scientist(s). Incumbent will contribute specific skills and knowledge to a research project.

For Scientist II: Research is conducted at a more independent level, and may involve leadership in the development and coordination of multi-participant research programs, development of instruments and participation in the use of these instruments for scientific research, and collaboration with scientific users of UCAR facilities.

Specific areas of research can include any or all of the following (or related) areas:

  • Determination of mechanisms for atmospheric oxidation of organic species, through a combination of laboratory (chamber) and field (ground- or aircraft-based) research.
  • Development and deployment of atmospheric chemistry instrumentation for use in ground- or aircraft-based atmospheric field campaigns.
  • Evaluation and/or development of oxidation schemes for VOCs used in process-level and/or regional or global atmospheric chemistry and transport models.
  • Studies of secondary organic aerosol formation and growth mechanisms, through laboratory or field observations of OVOCs and related processes.


  • Identifies important questions related to oxidation of organic species in the atmosphere, and/or secondary organic aerosol formation, growth and loss. Develops and conducts field and laboratory investigations to address these questions.
  • Develops novel instruments for deployment on collaborative field campaigns (aircraft- or ground-based).
  • Conducts collaborative research to develop and/or evaluate oxidation schemes used in atmospheric chemistry models.
  • Publishes / presents results and implications at national and international scientific meetings and in refereed journals.
  • Coordinates and develops collaborative activities involving university and NCAR scientists.
  • Engages in ACOM laboratory meetings and related activities and is constructively engaged in the professional life of the laboratory with the goal of providing input to ACOM/NCAR planning for future research priorities and strategies. May supervise junior staff, advise and mentor post-doctoral fellows.
  • Provides leadership within NCAR and ACOM, and provides advice on the NCAR and ACOM research program.
  • Submit proposals for funding from other agencies to participate in scientific activities where that activity will contribute to the more complete or prompt achievement of ACOM and NCAR organizational goals.
  • Contributes to scientific programs by serving on NCAR, national and international committees.
  • Works with colleagues in NCAR, the university community and other agencies to seek opportunities to develop new activities that enhance the mission(s) of our primary sponsors and university stakeholders.
  • Reviews manuscripts submitted to peer-reviewed journals and proposals submitted to funding agencies as appropriate.
  • Seeks out opportunities to contribute to the NCAR Education and Outreach mission, both through individual efforts and through larger organized efforts.

Desired qualifications:

For Scientist I:

  • PhD (Atmospheric Science, Chemistry, Physics, or related)
  • At early stage of scientific career, with demonstrated record of publication.
  • A demonstrated commitment to, and strong record in, carrying out and publishing original research in atmospheric chemistry.
  • Excellent knowledge of tropospheric chemistry, particularly related to the chemistry of organic compounds.
  • Experience and demonstrated skill in the deployment of field instruments, as part of collaborative field campaigns.
  • Experience and demonstrated skill in the design and conduct of laboratory-based atmospheric chemistry experiments.
  • Knowledge of in situ observational instrumentation, and ability to develop measurement techniques and instruments.
  • Skill in interpretation of data obtained in experiments, and in written and oral communication of research results.
  • Ability to work well within a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience and ability in the writing of scientific publications and research proposals.
  • Ability to present research results effectively as evidenced by oral presentations and invited talks within NCAR, at national and international meetings, and at research institutions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of mathematical methods for data analysis.
  • Demonstrated working skill in essential programming tools for instrument development and data analysis (e.g., Labview, AutoSketch, IGOR).
  • Identifies sound scientific questions and designs experiments to address them.
  • Applies scientific judgment to the evaluation of instrument performance and the interpretation of field and laboratory measurements.
  • Contributes to the development of new instrumentation or new research endeavors.
  • Analyzes and assesses scientific results, and draws conclusions.
  • Identifies and solves problems related to deployment of instrumentation on field programs, or related to laboratory experiments.

For Scientist II (in addition to above requirements):

  • 3-7 years experience beyond PhD, with a demonstrated record of publications.
  • Ability to participate, lead and interact productively within a multidisciplinary research team.
  • Ability to supervise and/or mentor junior and support staff, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.
  • Advanced knowledge of in situ observational instrumentation, ability to develop measurement techniques and instruments, and ability to contribute to the design of complex collaborative research initiatives.
  • Skill in representing the division at institutional functions or meetings, and advocating for ACOM science.
  • Identifies sound scientific questions.
  • Designs experiments, and contributes to the design of broader research programs (e.g., field projects) to address them.
  • Applies scientific judgment to the evaluation of instrument performance and the interpretation of field and laboratory measurements.
  • Allocates resources to specific research projects.
  • Contributes leadership to the development of new instrumentation or new research endeavors.
  • Contributes to data interpretation and problem solving in a collaborative, multidisciplinary research setting.

Link to more information: Read the job announcement and apply online.

Application deadline: May 15, 2016