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Research Scientist in Cool Stars, Exoplanet Atmospheres, and Protoplanetary Disks

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Aug 26, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biotechnology & Bioengineering, Geology & Earth Sciences, Other Science & Technology, Physics & Space Sciences
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Not specified
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for a research scientist position in the area of stars, exoplanets, and disks. The successful candidate would work with Dr. Kevin France, a professor in LASP and the Department of Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences (APS), on observation, analysis, and modeling star/planet/disks systems using data from the Hubble Space Telescope and other facilities. Dr. France’s research group (CUSP: has active observational programs (with Hubble, Chandra, XMM, and ground-based facilities) in the areas of exoplanetary atmospheres, the properties of star planet systems, and the composition/structure/evolution of protoplanetary disks. CUSP is also developing the NASA-funded CUTE mission, a CubeSat to study mass-loss in extreme exoplanetary systems, and the ESCAPE Small Explorer Mission to study EUV radiation and CMEs from nearby stars. LASP offers a diverse set of resources for teaching and research, including access to observational, instrumental, and theoretical facilities. CU is a member of the ARC 3.5-meter telescope and the SDSS V Survey at Apache Point Observatory. LASP is the PI institution of numerous space missions for heliophysics, planetary science, and astrophysics; the candidate would have access to excellent facilities for the development of space-borne and ground-based hardware, if applicable. Applications from a range of career stages are encouraged; CUSP welcomes researchers interested in contributing to the scientific direction, vibrancy, and climate of the group.

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

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

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
  • The applicant would have a significant fraction of their time available for independent research to develop her/his own research programs.
What You Should Know
  • The initial appointment is for one year, with an additional two years expected contingent upon performance and funding.
  • 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
  • RS I $70k - $80k
  • RS II $75k - $110k

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 adaptable. Be encouraged. Be Boulder.

What We Require
  • Applicants should have obtained a Ph.D. in astrophysics or a related field.
Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume or CV (CV including a list of publications, and a short description of current research accomplishments and future goals.)
  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.

We will begin considering applications on a rolling basis starting September 1st, 2021, and we will accept applications 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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