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Postdoctoral Researcher in Solar Physics

University of Colorado Boulder
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
May 18, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biotechnology & Bioengineering, Geology & Earth Sciences, Other Science & Technology, Physics & Space Sciences
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder is searching for a postdoctoral research scientist to study solar eruptive events and develop spaceflight instrumentation.

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 seeks an experienced space scientist to provide executive leadership, strategic formulation, advocacy, and management of the laboratory’s science ethos and research activities. LASP 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 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 research will consist of data analysis applying solar soft X-ray and ultraviolet spectra and images from various current and future solar missions (e.g., SDO, Hinode, MinXSS, SunCET) to better understand the energetics and dynamics of solar eruptive events.
  • The research will also involve the development, test, and flight of solar ultraviolet imagers and spectrographs for CubeSat and sounding rocket experiments. Responsibilities will also include publications of results, both research and instrument design, in peer-reviewed journals.
What You Should Know

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to align 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.

The initial appointment is for one year, with additional years contingent upon performance and funding.

What We Can Offer

The salary for this full-time position is $70,000 - $80,000. Relocation assistance may be available in accordance with institute guidelines.

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
  • Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in physics, astronomy, aerospace engineering, or a closely related field by the start of the position.
  • A strong interest in working with hardware in the development of spaceflight instrumentation, integration, and launch.
  • Proven experience in data analysis in a scientific field applicable to solar physics and in developing instrumentation or satellite systems over multiple phases of a project for space flight.
What You Will Need
  • Prior experiences with scientific CMOS cameras and with instrument calibrations at the NIST Synchrotron Ultraviolet Radiation Facility (SURF), as well as proven knowledge of IDL and/or Python.
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.

During the application process you will need to enter contact information for a reference. We will request a letter of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.

Review of applications will begin June 1, 2022 and the posting will remain open until 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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