Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering

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  • Atmospheric Science
  • Professor and Director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere
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    Colorado State University invites applications for a tenure track faculty position in the Department of Atmospheric Science. This hire will also serve as Director of the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA).  The faculty appointment will be made at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor.  We solicit candidates in CIRA’s core focus area of merging satellite observations and models.  This is interpreted as expertise in Satellite Remote Sensing,  Regional and Global Model Development, or Data Assimilation, with emphasis on individuals working at the interfaces of these areas.
    In their role as a faculty member in the Atmospheric Science Department, the successful candidate will be expected to build and maintain a strong, internationally recognized research program supported through external funding, complement and expand upon the department’s current research activities, and provide service to the University and broader community. They will also contribute to teaching and intellectual leadership in our atmospheric science M.S. and Ph.D. programs by teaching in the Department’s graduate curriculum and advising graduate students. Expectation levels in these areas will be established to accommodate additional responsibilities as CIRA Director. Further information about the Department can be found at  
    The duties and responsibilities of the Director of CIRA are those described in the CSU-NOAA Memorandum of Understanding regarding CIRA and in the University Code related to Directors of a major research unit.  They include scientific leadership to accomplish the Mission of CIRA, a $25-30M/year unit comprised of nearly 130 scientists, graduate students and staff located in Fort Collins and at NOAA’s Earth Science Research Laboratory in Boulder, as well as NOAA facilities in Kansas City and Washington, DC.  The Director guides and fosters multidisciplinary research in CIRA’s primary and cross-cutting theme areas of:  Satellite Algorithm Development, Training and Education; Regional to Global Scale Modeling Systems; Data Assimilation; Climate-Weather Processes and Data Distribution, along with cross-cutting activities in Societal and Economic Impacts, Data Analytics and the Development of Visualization Tools. The Director leads and supports short- and long-term research collaborations with NOAA, the National Park Service, Department of Defense, NASA and other agencies.  Normal personnel management, cost budgeting and execution, technical evaluation and research infrastructure responsibilities commensurate with CIRA’s level-of-effort are the responsibilities of the Director and their staff. The appointment as CIRA Director will be for an initial term of 5 years, with reappointments based on the outcome of performance reviews.
    Located 60 miles north of Denver, at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills, Fort Collins is often ranked among the top places to live in the United States. The City offers a pleasant climate with excellent schools and abundant cultural and recreational opportunities nearby. More information on Fort Collins is available at
    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.
  • Research Technician
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    The full-time laboratory technician/CSU research associate would specialize in sample material preparation and processing for the measurement of ice nucleating particles (INPs) using CSU’s Ice Spectrometer. The end results are the production of INP spectra from weekly samples from fixed/mobile sites chosen by the Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (DOE ARM) Climate Research Facility for long-term measurements. The technician would report to Drs. Jessie Creamean and Tom Hill, who have been selected to be ARM’s INP mentors.
  • College of Engineering (Dean's Office)
  • Research Project Manager
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    The Research Project Manager (RPM) provides day-to-day administrative and financial management of a complex portfolio of scientific research projects, working closely with department faculty and senior research scientists to coordinate multiple research projects and ensure successful on-time and on-budget project completion. The RPM also plays a leading role in the preparation and submission of scientific proposals to external sponsors, including federal, state and local government agencies, industry, and foundations.
    The individual should be capable of coordinating expenditure planning for a complex portfolio of research projects, forecasting and recommending appropriate solutions for any funding shortfalls with respect to support of scientific staff, consumables, scientific equipment, or project travel. This position does not typically execute financial transactions, but fields, reviews, and approves or decline requests for project-related expenditures, in consultation as needed with the project principal investigator (PI).
    The successful candidate will possess organizational skills, attention to detail, strong writing ability, and the ability to learn quickly; excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to work with individuals and teams of faculty, research scientists, university administrators, and program managers and scientific collaborators in the U.S and abroad. The individual must also possess a strong work ethic and commitment to a quality work product and environment and be both proactive and a self-starter and have the ability to prioritize and deal with frequent interruptions in a fast-paced research environment.
    This position reports to the Director of Business and Research Support Operations in the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering at Colorado State University.
  • Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA)
  • 20-122: Machine Learning Scientist for Meteorological Applications
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    The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) on the Foothills Campus at Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins, CO seeks to hire a Postdoctoral Fellow to work at the intersection of machine learning and atmospheric science.  This fellowship is part of the new NSF AI Institute for Research on Trustworthy AI in Weather, Climate, and Coastal Oceanography (AI2ES) - one of five newly-funded AI institutes in the US and the only one focusing on environmental science applications (  AI2ES is a large multi-institutional and interdisciplinary institute that seeks to uniquely benefit humanity by developing novel, physically based AI techniques that are demonstrated to be trustworthy, and will directly improve prediction, understanding, and communication of high-impact environmental hazards.
    This Postdoctoral Fellowship is a 12-month appointment with a flexible start date between February 2021 and July 2021, and option to renew for up to two additional years contingent upon performance and funding. The individual in this fellowship will explore how best to utilize machine learning approaches, including explainable AI methods and physics-guided machine learning, for meteorological applications.  Focus will be on, but not limited to, working with satellite imagery.  The goal is to improve both predictive abilities for high-impact weather and understanding of atmospheric processes, with key emphasis on the application of tropical cyclones, including tropical cyclone evolution and rapid intensification. Additional meteorological applications will be considered based upon the fellow’s interests and CIRA’s needs. The individual in this fellowship will report to CIRA’s Machine Learning Lead and Research Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering, and work closely with the lead of CIRA’s Tropical Cyclone Group.  The individual in this fellowship will be expected to establish strong collaborations with CIRA & NOAA research staff and members of the AI2ES team in CSU’s Computer Science and Atmospheric Science departments, as well as other AI2ES partner institutions. This is an exciting, high-impact position that provides a great opportunity for a motivated researcher to push the boundaries of AI research in several weather/climate applications and to explore innovative approaches while working in a highly stimulating and interdisciplinary team environment.
    Colorado State University offers a comprehensive benefits package; including paid holidays, accrued sick leave days, enrollment in group health, life and accident insurance, work injury benefits, disability insurance, and additional opportunities such as free employee study privilege credits. CSU offers paid parental leave, spousal and domestic partner benefits as well.
  • 21-106 Social and Behavioral Science Program Analyst
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    As part of this initiative to further expand collaboration with the NWS/OSTI, the individual in this position serves as an analyst, supporting the growth and integration of NWS’ SBES with its physical sciences.  This individual will work with and support the NWS social science program/portfolio manager, providing SBES knowledge and expertise to inform decisions concerning program planning, and will provide project management support for activities, including the coordination of meetings and minutes associated with the social science program/portfolio, assist in communicating task status and produce monthly status reports highlighting task completion schedules (including schedule variations (if any)), other milestones, and work product deliverables. This position will assist in the development, documentation of, and refinement of NWS SBES needs, gaps and/or requirements, assist in the development of statements of work that address the underlying requirement, ensure SBES research methods are utilized throughout the contract by clarifying project goals, identify research questions, review project deliverables, and assist in the translation of research results in to NWS operations.  Further, this position will assist in planning activities in coordination with the NWS portfolios and with NOAA line offices and other federal agencies related to current and future SBES research activities associated with improvements in high-impact weather forecasts and warnings. The individual in this position may be responsible for preparing presentation materials, providing briefings, and generating documentation. This position may involve reviewing and contributing to NOAA transition plans related to risk communication. The individual may be responsible for supporting and responding to SBES-related taskers and ad-hoc inquiries. We are looking for a highly motivated, goal oriented individual, who works well within a team and individually. This position reports to Research Associate IV, but works closely with and supports the federal NWS Social Science Program Manager.
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Postdoctoral Fellow - Electrical and Computer Engineering - Open Pool
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    The department accepts applications on an ongoing basis from individuals who are interested in a postdoctoral position within the department.  Positions with specific areas of research could include: 
    -Biomedical engineering
    -Communications and signal processing 
    -Computer engineering
    -Controls and robotics
    -Electromagnetics and remote sensing 
    -Lasers and photonics
    NOTE: Applicants must obtain a PhD degree in an appropriate discipline related to Electrical and Computer Engineering by the proposed start date.
  • Undergraduate Program Coordinator
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    This position will be responsible for developing and leading a quality, dynamic and successful undergraduate recruiting, advising and retention program for the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). Serving as the department’s lead recruiter for undergraduate programs, this position will develop and oversee strategic programs and events to recruit and retain a diverse and inclusive student body. The incumbent will also serve as the department’s primary academic advisor for all first-year and transfer students. A strong focus is on advising students in the entry year of their ECE undergraduate program, getting them acquainted and connected to the program and the department, and creating academic plans and programming that will result in graduation. This position is of critical importance due to high attrition rates in engineering undergraduate programs. Acting in a leadership role on behalf of the department for the summer orientation program is an essential duty for the person in this position. The successful Undergraduate Program Coordinator will possess a high degree of interpersonal skills, as well as the drive to build quality relationships and touch points to ensure program accomplishments.
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanical / Aerospace Engineering Adjunct Faculty - Open Pool
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    Colorado State University recently launched an Aerospace Engineering Program, and is looking for Adjunct Faculty to teach the following courses:
    •  Aircraft Design - Principles of aircraft configuration and design to meet performance specifications, with special emphasis on aerodynamics, stability, control, and flying quality considerations.
    •  Orbital Mechanics - Basic orbital mechanics, trajectory design and simulation, mission integration, rocket propulsion and performance in the undergraduate course.  Interplanetary mission design, N-body trajectory design & simulation, guidance and navigation, and total system mission design optimization methods in the graduate course.
    •  Space Propulsion and Power Engineering – Orbital mechanics and space missions; chemical, nuclear, and electric rockets, nuclear heat sources, thermoelectric and photovoltaic devices.
    The Department of Mechanical Engineering invites applications for positions of Adjunct Faculty:
    •  Instructor
    •  Senior Instructor
    •  Master Instructor
    •  Assistant Professor
    •  Associate Professor
    •  [Full] Professor
    Adjunct Faculty typically have significant experience in industry or academia and want to work part-time by teaching 1-2 courses per semester or 1-2 courses per academic year.  Individuals selected for these positions will be assigned one of the six working titles listed above based on education and experience.  Specifically, selected individuals who have an MS will have a working title of Instructor, Senior Instructor, or Master Instructor; selected individuals who have a PhD will have a working title of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor. 
    Within those two working titles, selected individuals who have > 5 years of experience will have a working title of Senior Instructor or Associate Professor; selected individuals who have > 10 years of experience will have a working title of Master Instructor or [Full] Professor.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Air Toxics
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    The successful candidate will work as part of a multidisciplinary team of engineers, physical and social scientists, and public-health practitioners to assess air pollution emissions and exposures across indoor and outdoor environments (with a primary focus on exposure to volatile organic compounds).  The work requires knowledge of analytic chemistry and experience with thermal-desorption gas-chromatography mass spectrometry systems.  The candidate should also have interest in exposure science, environmental justice, and public health. Applicants should have excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to work both independently and within a fast-paced multidisciplinary research environment, and be comfortable conversing with academicians, community members, workforce, and policy makers. This is a one-year appointment with the option to renew based on performance and availability of funding.
  • Systems Engineering
  • Postdoctoral Fellow - Systems Egineering - Open Pool
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    This is an open pool posting and applicants will be contacted only if a suitable position becomes available. Please apply with a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Annual terms and reappointment may depend on performance and/or the continued availability of funding.  This pool expires June 30, 2021. 
    The Department of Systems Engineering ( at Colorado State University (Fort Collins campus) invites applications for Postdoctoral Fellowship positions to pursue research in design, optimization, assessment, and/or management of complex engineered systems.
    Postdoctoral fellows will engage in groundbreaking, multi-disciplinary research in close collaboration with research groups in the Systems Engineering Department and other departments at CSU. Candidates with a demonstrated research background in one or more of the following topics are encouraged to apply: 
    1. Energy Systems 
    2. Automotive Systems 
    3. Transportation Systems 
    4. Human Factors 
    5. Cybersecurity  
    6. Model-based Systems Engineering
    7. Design optimization, controls, and analytics 
    8. Situational robotics and awareness
    More job-specific information will be available as search committee members decide to hire from this open pool.
    The open positions are temporary assignments.  Assignments are 6-12 months, can be extended up to 2 years.  Annual terms and reappointment may depend on performance and/or the continued availability of funding.
    Should your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted.
    For more information on postdoctoral fellow employment benefits, please visit the Human Resources web page at: