This job has expired

Research Scientist I (RHAPS Postdoc)

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Dec 3, 2023

Job Summary

We seek a postdoc to join the “Retention of Habitable Atmospheres in Planetary Systems” (RHAPS) project at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder. The project is funded by NASA’s Interdisciplinary Consortia for Astrobiology Research (ICAR). The position is at LASP in Boulder, but the successful candidate will spend 50% of their time interacting with team member Alex Glocer from NASA GSFC to work with the PLANETary Ionosphere Thermosphere Tool for Research (PLANET-ITTR) model and the Polar Wind Outflow Model (PWOM). The remaining 50% of their time will be spent interacting with any of the RHAPS team members at LASP and CU (Dave Brain, Mike Chaffin, Kevin France, Aimee Merkel, Zach Berta-Thompson, Bill Peterson, Robin Ramstad) to pursue research relevant to the RHAPS objectives.

These objectives include:

  1. Determining stellar inputs for atmospheric escape
  2. Modeling upper atmospheric reservoirs for escape
  3. Modeling escape processes
  4. Comparing models with relevant observations of escape
  5. Making model results accessible via a web interface and
  6. Using model results to estimate atmospheric lifetimes and make predictions for future observations of exoplanets.

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 successful candidate will conduct research relevant to RHAPS, help to archive their research results, participate in biweekly RHAPS team meetings, and be a positive contributor to a productive and inclusive team environment.

What You Should Know
  • The job will require occasional trips to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Due to prohibitions on access to NASA facilities, citizens of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and Syria will not be considered.
  • Postdoc positions are one-year standard appointments and may be extended beyond one-year depending on performance, the availability of contract and/or grant funding, or other organizational circumstances.
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 .

Be Statements

Be ambitious. Be groundbreaking. Be Boulder.

What We Require
  • A Ph.D. degree in any field relevant to space science, such as Physics, Astronomy, or Earth and Planetary Sciences.
What You Will Need
  • Proficiency in Python, IDL, or Matlab, as well as knowledge of Fortran and high-performance parallel computing.
  • The RHAPS team is made up of observers and modelers/theorists from the terrestrial, planetary, and exoplanetary communities. A successful scientist in this position will be excited to interact across disciplines, and be inquisitive and independent.
What We Would Like You to Have
  • Familiarity with one or more of the following areas: atmospheric escape processes, thermospheres, ionospheres, magnetospheres, observations relevant to atmospheric escape from planets (Earth, solar system planets, or exoplanets), exoplanet host stars, simulations, and modeling.
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.

Please include the names of two people who might be willing to provide recommendation letters.

Full consideration will be given to all applications submitted before January 15, 2024.

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

Posting Contact Email:

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert