Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

CIRES/CSD Atmospheric Remote Sensing

CIRES/CSD Atmospheric Remote Sensing

The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at CU-Boulder is seeking an associate scientist to support the development of real-time data systems for instrumentation to remotely measure atmospheric dynamics characteristics and trace gas concentrations. 

The successful candidate will design and implement user interfaces (and interact with users to improve and modify as needed), document code, and assemble networks for instrument control across multiple operating systems. The candidate must be comfortable working with, installing, diagnosing, and replacing computer hardware in both laboratory and field conditions.  As this is a research position, systems are regularly being upgraded and improved.  

The candidate should expect to travel up to 6 weeks per year with deployments on research ships, aircraft, and ground-based operations in varied work conditions, which may include remote locations, harsh (outdoor, hot, cold, loud, etc.) environments, and with minimal or no breaks during a deployment.   The candidate must have strong teamwork skills as these are essential to our success. The candidate will be relied upon and can expect support from other team members.


The ideal candidate would have a Bachelor’s Degree (or higher) in engineering or computer science and an understanding of fundamentals of data acquisition, computer interface electronics, and basic signal processing. 

Required programming skills include experience with Labview and C. Programming skills in Visual Basic, Matlab, and IDL are desired, as well as experience with Windows and QNX/Linux operating systems.  The candidate will be expected to demonstrate skill in project design and version control; real-time instrument control; data acquisition using high speed digitizers and/or counters; and data transfer and storage. 

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Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Reference Letters (Not Confidential), Unofficial transcript(s) 

Application Materials Instructions: Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1 – Cover Letter; 2 – Resume; 3 – The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree; 4 –One letter of recommendation This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.

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Date Posted

Wednesday, December 14, 2016


Research Associate