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Postdoc Research Scientist I

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jul 31, 2023

Job Summary

The University of Colorado (CU) Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) is seeking one or more postdoctoral researchers to join the Colorado Ultraviolet Spectroscopy Program (CUSP; ). The CUSP team leads a diverse portfolio of research programs related to UV spectroscopy of astrophysical and Solar System phenomena, with opportunities for successful candidates to be involved in space missions such as the SmallSats SPRITE and MANTIS, cutting-edge sounding rocket instruments, protoflight technology programs, and potentially larger flight projects. While the appointment is initially for one year, the CUSP team encourages professional development through mentorship, internal collaborations, and enabling independent research, providing opportunities for a longer term or career appointment.

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 at the University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest research institutes at the University of Colorado Boulder. With a focus on solar, stellar, space plasma, atmospheric and planetary sciences, LASP employs both experimental and theoretical approaches to answer key science questions. Since its inception in 1948, LASP has developed, operated, and analyzed the data from scientific instrumentation for solar science, Earth atmospheric, planetary, deep-space, and Earth-orbiting spacecraft missions investigating the Sun, all eight planets, Pluto, and beyond. The progressive development of research capabilities and the use of innovative technologies in pursuit of emerging research initiatives ensures a continued leadership role for LASP in today’s growing “new space” era.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The primary supervisors for this position include Drs. Brian Fleming, Dmitry Vorobiev, and Briana Indahl. Projects led by these researchers primarily focus on extragalactic feedback processes, the interaction of exoplanet host stars with planetary atmospheres, and vapor plumes from Solar System bodies. The team is deeply invested in education and mentorship and any successful candidate will be encouraged to work closely with students from the high school through PhD level.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this full-time position is $80,000 - $90,000. We offer a generous retirement plan that includes 200% matching for the first 5% contributed with immediate vesting.


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

· The job requires a PhD in Astrophysics or related field.

What We Would Like You to Have
  • Experience with instrumentation, space missions, or large ground or space observing programs is desired, but not required.
  • Experience with galactic or extragalactic science, especially feedback processes ( e.g. superwinds, Lyman Continuum escape, supernovae, extreme star-formation), is desired but not required.
  • Experience working with students at all levels in a mentorship capacity is desired but not required.
Special Instructions
To apply, please submit the following materials:
  • Resume or CV
  • A Statement of Research Interests (less than 2 pages)
  • A Statement of Educational and Service Interests (which can include any non-research goals or prior accomplishments. For instance: teaching, DEI efforts, outreach, policy, etc.). Please keep statement less than 2 pages.
  • Cover letter of less than 1 page briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  • OPTIONAL: Up to 3 Letters of Recommendation.
    • Letters will be formally solicited if the candidate advances to the interview stage.

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.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until December 15, 2023.

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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