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University of Colorado PostDoctoral Associate in Boulder, Colorado

PostDoctoral Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

We invite applications for a postdoctoral researcher to participate in the study of extreme changes in the Earth system and their impacts on ocean biogeochemistry. This effort is part of two larger projects that aim to describe the impact of extreme events on the Earth system, such as the end-Cretaceous asteroid event or a hypothetical nuclear conflict.

Our research group is engaged in activities that aim to improve equity, diversity, and inclusion in the geosciences. We particularly welcome applications from candidates whose background and/or work experience align with serving underrepresented or underserved communities (as this relates to the sciences).

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

As the University’s oldest institute, lNSTAAR (Institute of Arctic & Alpine Research) has a long history of responding to pressing environmental issues. Our traditional focus has been on polar and alpine regions, where the effects of global change are especially pronounced. In recent decades, our research has broadened to include environmental challenges that span local, regional, and global scales. Research topics vary widely and include Quaternary and modern environments, human and ecosystem ecology, biogeochemistry, landscape evolution, hydrology, oceanography, and climate.

INSTAAR’s research activities integrate field studies, state-of-the-art laboratory experiments, sample analysis, and numerical and laboratory modeling. Our field sites are located across all seven continents and the world’s oceans. Our expertise across disciplines helps us generate influential science that can inform public and policy decisions and move us toward a more sustainable society. INSTAAR’s national and international research leadership is augmented by exceptional strength in graduate education and bringing undergraduates into the research process.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The postdoctoral researcher will join a welcoming, collaborative, supportive, and diverse group of students and researchers who share interests in ocean biogeochemistry, and will regularly interact with ocean biogeochemical modelers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder during their appointment. Specific job activities will be influenced by applicant interests but may include the simulation, analysis, and development of the Marine Biogeochemistry Laboratory (MARBL) component of the NCAR Community Earth System Model.

What You Should Know

The applicant will work in residence at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR). The initial appointment will be for one year, with an opportunity for renewal.

What We Can Offer

Salary will be at $60,000.00 annually.


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

A Ph.D. in oceanography or a related field is required.

What You Will Need

The ideal candidate will have experience with ocean biogeochemical modeling and strong quantitative and statistical skills.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • Curriculum Vitae.

  • Cover Letter.

  • Transcripts/Proof of Degree.

  • Statement describing their commitment to and efforts in increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion in STEM.

During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for 3 references and we will request letters of recommendation and additional materials if needed, as the search progresses.

Review of applications will begin on March 22, and continue until the position is filled. For additional information, please contact Nicole Lovenduski at

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: Nicole Lovenduski

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The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.