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Aerosol Research Scientist

Colorado State University - Mechanical Engineering
Fort Collins, Colorado
Up to $90,000 USD per year plus benefit
Closing date
Mar 1, 2023

Interdisciplinary research scientist (PhD) in air quality, aerosols, and environmental health


Colorado State University has an immediate opening for an aerosol research scientist.  This position sits in the Center for Energy Development and Health (CEDH) under the supervision of Professor John Volckens, Department of Mechanical Engineering, in the Walter Scott Jr. College of Engineering.  The successful candidate will work in a multidisciplinary environment at the intersection of engineering and environmental health with a focus on air quality, exposure science, and aerosol physics. Current projects in the CEDH include development and deployment of wearable technologies for human exposure assessment, crowdsourced sensor technologies for outdoor and indoor air quality, and implementation science for clean, renewable energy in resource limited environments.  The successful candidate will have a doctoral degree in the area(s) engineering, environmental health / exposure science, or a closely related field. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in data science (e.g., R programming, Python), air quality instrumentation, exposure assessment, field studies, and/or community-based participatory research. Preference will also be given to candidates with strong interpersonal skills, oral/written communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively in a transdisciplinary team environment.

The position is full-time with a multi-year duration, contingent upon satisfactory performance and continued funding. Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience. To apply, candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references at the following link:

For full consideration, applications should be received by March 1st, 2023. The position will remain open until filled. Please contact Dr. John Volckens ( with any questions about the position. CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer and conducts background checks on all final candidates.

As one of the nation’s top public research universities, Colorado State University is a land-grant institution, with enrollment of more than 33,000 students. CSU offers 76 undergraduate degree programs, 114 graduate degree programs, 21 professional master’s degree programs, and a Professional Veterinary Medicine program. CSU’s world- class research and scholarship attract more than $440 million in research funding every year, ranking second nationally in federal research funding for universities without a medical school. Fort Collins is an attractive community of approximately 170,000 located along the Colorado Front Range at the base of the Rocky Mountains, 65 miles north of Denver. The city is routinely recognized as one of the most desirable places to live in the United States. It consistently ranks high on quality-of-life measures by numerous publications; see for the complete list. The Front Range has developed into a high-tech hub with companies such as Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, IBM, Intel, Keysight Technologies, Broadcom, AMD, Xilinx, Ball Aerospace, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Woodward, and Northrop Grumman located in or near Fort Collins. The city offers a pleasant climate with excellent schools and abundant cultural and recreational opportunities nearby. More information on CSU can be found at and Fort Collins information can be found at

CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer and conducts background checks on all final candidates.


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