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Visiting Research Scientist in Planetary Science

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Feb 21, 2024

Job Summary

LASP welcomes applications for a Visiting Research Scientist in Planetary Science. Data analysis and modeling to support the NASA Lunar Vulkan Imaging and Spectroscopy Explorer (Lunar-VISE) and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) missions.

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
  • Develop 3D topography and thermophysical models for the Lunar-VISE landing site.
  • Simulate imaging and infrared emission data to be acquired by Lunar-VISE.
  • Support development of data processing pipelines and high-level data product generation from planned Lunar-VISE rover data.
  • Process and analyze lunar eclipse data from LRO/Diviner and perform relevant modeling studies.
  • Mentor students in the EPIC research group.
What We Can Offer
  • The salary for this position is $201,696 at 100% time. 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
  • PhD in planetary science or related discipline.
  • At least 10 years experience as a researcher and professor, including mentoring graduate students.
  • Familiarity with Diviner datasets and thermophysical modeling.
What You Will Need
  • Expert proficiency in computer programming, numerical modeling, data analysis.
What We Would Like You to Have
  • Ability to mentor students on a range of topics in planetary surfaces, atmospheres, and terrestrial planet climate studies.
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.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until 2/26/24.

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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