Postdoctoral Fellow in Aerosol and Clouds

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
05 Nov 2017
End of advertisement period
03 Dec 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Mechanical Engineering (ME) at Colorado State University offers a curriculum that integrates exceptional classroom learning and in-depth engineering practice for an unparalleled educational experience. Made up of 38 faculty members, 8 staff members, 1200 undergraduate students, and 150 graduate students, mechanical engineering is one of the largest departments on CSU’s campus. State-of-the-art labs provide unmatched, hands-on experience to help undergraduate students conceptualize industry environments; and, $7.5M in annual research funding, provides groundbreaking opportunities focusing on health, materials, and energy, for graduate students to enhance their educational concentrations. Award-winning faculty offer industry and academic perspective, equipping each graduate with the tools needed to obtain leading positions in advanced technology fields.

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Position Summary

The Laboratory for Air Quality Research ( and Aerosol and Cloud Research Group (, spanning the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Atmospheric Sciences at Colorado State University, have an opening for a post-doctoral researcher in the field of regional air quality/climate modeling. The successful candidate will play a leadership role in a multi-disciplinary research project (funded by DOE-Atmospheric Science Research) focused on improving the representation of organic aerosols and studying the radiative and cloud effects in large-scale three-dimensional models.
Research will occur under the supervision of Dr. Shantanu Jathar (Mechanical Engineering) and Dr. Jeffrey Pierce (Atmospheric Sciences) at the Powerhouse Energy Campus ( in collaboration with the Dr. Christopher Cappa (Civil and Environmental Engineering) at the University of California Davis.

Required Job Qualifications

The selected candidate will have a doctoral degree in a science or engineering field (e.g., Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Atmospheric Sciences, Earth Sciences) with research experience in air pollution and/or atmospheric chemistry.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates that have strong numerical modeling skills (e.g., experience with chemical transport models (e.g., WRF-Chem, CMAQ) and programming/scripting languages (e.g., Fortran, Python)), demonstrated communication skills (written and oral), organizational and time management skills, the ability to work independently and within collaborative teams, and enthusiasm for air quality, climate science, and public health.

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 Numerical Schemes Duty/Responsibility

  • The position is mostly dedicated (~80% of the time) to design, develop, and deploy numerical schemes to represent the emissions, physicochemical transformation, and fate of organic aerosols in box and three-dimensional models.

Percentage Of Time 80 Job Duty Category Grant Writing and Student Mentorship Duty/Responsibility

  • The other 20% of the position will be used to support grant writing for Drs. Jathar and Pierce and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students.

Percentage Of Time 20

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment

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

Search Contact Stephanie Rosso,

EEO Statement

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Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) 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 (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.