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
These objectives include:
- Determining stellar inputs for atmospheric escape
- Modeling upper atmospheric reservoirs for escape
- Modeling escape processes
- Comparing models with relevant observations of escape
- Making model results accessible via a web interface and
- 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
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
What We Can Offer
- 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
- 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
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
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What We Require
What You Will Need
- A Ph.D. degree in any field relevant to space science, such as
Physics, Astronomy, or Earth and Planetary Sciences.
What We Would Like You to Have
- 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.
- 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.
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- Resume or CV
- 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.
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