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Research Scientist I-II

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Aug 29, 2022

Job Summary

The Space Plasma Group at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), University of Colorado, Boulder (CU) invites applications for Research Scientists in Space Physics at a ranking of Research Scientist I or II (RS-I, RS-2).

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

LASP is a world-renowned space science research institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. CU receives more NASA funding than any public university in the country, due in large part to LASP programs. Professional engineers work closely with scientists and assembly technicians in designing and building space flight hardware while helping mentor students as entry-level engineers working on these programs. LASP is particularly proud of a work environment that supports employee creativity and productivity and offers opportunities for diverse experiences and a broad range of responsibilities.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The research project is focused on research utilizing in-situ spacecraft data with a focus on plasma physics in the unmagnetized environment of Mars. This is a position within the Langmuir Probe and Waves (LPW) team and will make use of electron density and temperature data from the MAVEN mission. Responsibilities will also include the publication of scientific results based on MAVEN LPW data and the dissemination of those results at scientific conferences. The candidate will work with MAVEN mission/instrument software written in IDL.

The position is funded for two years with a possibility of extension pending a successful performance evaluation. During this two-year period, the candidate is expected to demonstrate research excellence while utilizing the LPW instrument and the MAVEN mission, mentor students and junior researchers, and engage in proposal writing.

What You Should Know
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement . New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.
What We Can Offer
  • Level I Salary Range: $70,000- $80,000 annually.
  • Level II Salary Range: $75,000 - $110,000 annually.

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 .

Be Statements
Be curious. Be resourceful. Be Boulder.

What We Require
  • The candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Physics or similar Scientific or Engineering discipline.
  • The candidate should indicate their research interests, and how they could enhance and benefit the research project above.
What We Would Like You To Have
  • Demonstration of skills in in-situ data analysis of space plasmas is highly desirable.
Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume or CV.
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

During the application process, you will be asked to provide contact information for three confidential letter of recommendation providers. We will request the laters later during the search process.

This position will remain open until 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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