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Colorado State University Postdoctoral Fellow in Fort Collins, Colorado

Working Title Postdoctoral Fellow

Position Location Fort Collins, CO

Research Professional Position Yes

Posting Number 202100545AP

Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title Postdoctoral Fellows

Number of Vacancies

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range $55,000 - $58,000

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University ( CSU ) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas. https://hr.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/01/benefits-summary-afap.pdf.

Desired Start Date

Position End Date (if temporary)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 07/31/2021

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University is a large academic and research department in the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering. We currently have twenty faculty members, eighty graduate students, over seventy full-time researchers and postdoctoral fellows, and outstanding and dedicated support staff.

Professor Christine Chiu’s research group, in the Department of Atmospheric Science, at Colorado State University ( CSU ) is pursuing research activities related to 1) the development of advanced retrieval methods for clouds, precipitation and aerosols, using a combination of radar, lidar, and radiometer from both surface- and space-based platforms; 2) three-dimensional radiative transfer and 3) cloud-aerosol-radiation interactions.

Position Summary

This position is funded by Department of Energy for developing an innovative, synergistic retrieval method for cloud and precipitation, aiming to advance our process-level understanding of cloud microphysics and precipitation formation. The work is based on an iterative Ensemble approach, but may expand to neural networks, machine learning or similar techniques.

This position will report to Professor Christine Chiu.

Required Job Qualifications

•Ph.D. degree in atmospheric science, physics, meteorology, or closely related field

•Research experience in cloud and precipitation remote sensing, including active and/or passive sensors

•Experience working with radiative transfer

Preferred Job Qualifications

•Some experience in studying boundary layer clouds or mixed phase clouds

•Some knowledge in retrieval theory

•Some experience with Neural Networks or Machine Learning

•Experience working with radiative transfer in shortwave and microwave spectral regions

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research


•Extend existing synergistic retrieval methods for cloud and precipitation, such as drizzle, pristine ice, snow aggregates and rimed particles

•Perform research for understanding cloud processes, with focuses that can be drizzle initiation and formation in marine boundary layer clouds, or secondary ice productions and riming in mixed phase clouds

•Work as part of a team to deliver products to operational processing systems in a timely manner

Percentage Of Time 70

Job Duty Category Presentation of Research Results


•Publish results in the refereed literature

•Present these results at scientific meetings including the Atmospheric System Research ( ASR ) Science Team meetings and national/international conferences

•Participate in group discussions and provide insight to graduate students

Percentage Of Time 30

Special Instructions to Applicants

In order for an application to be considered complete, candidates must upload the following:

  1. A cover letter addressing how you meet the required and preferred qualifications

  2. Your curriculum vitae

  3. Statement of interest

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Search Contact Christine Chiu - christine.chiu@colostate.edu

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity (https://oeo.colostate.edu/) is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, titleix@colostate.edu.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research Interests

    Optional Documents