Postdoctoral Researcher Magnetospheric Physics

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jun 16, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Summary

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder is encouraging applications for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist to study inner magnetospheric dynamics, including wave generation, wave-particle interactions, and energetic particle dynamics. The successful candidate will work in collaboration with Prof. Lauren Blum and other group members at LASP.
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Who We Are

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) began in 1948, a decade before NASA. We are the world’s only research institute to have sent instruments to all eight planets and Pluto.

LASP combines all aspects of space exploration through our expertise in science, engineering, mission operations, and scientific data analysis. As part of CU, LASP also works to educate and train the next generation of space scientists, engineers, and mission operators by integrating undergraduate and graduate students into working teams.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The research will consist of analysis utilizing measurements from various current and past magnetospheric missions (e.g. MMS, THEMIS, Van Allen Probes, SAMPEX) to better understand wave and particle processes influencing Earth’s radiation belts. Opportunities for instrument and SmallSat mission development may also be available depending on the candidate’s experience and interests.

What You Should Know

  • The initial appointment is for 1 year, with additional years contingent upon performance and funding.
  • The nominal start date is Fall 2021.

What We Can Offer

Salary Range is: $70,000 to $80,000


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

  • Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, aerospace, or closely related field by the start of the position.
  • Proven experience in a scientific field applicable to space physics, in the analysis of in-situ and/or remote sensing datasets, and scientific programming proficiency (with programs such as IDL, Matlab, and/or Python).
  • Prior experience analyzing particle or field measurements from Van Allen Probes, THEMIS, MMS, or other magnetospheric missions is beneficial but not required.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter

Evaluation of applications will begin on July 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

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: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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