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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Solar Physics

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) encourages applications for a two-year NSF/NASA-funded postdoctoral position. The goal is to improve our understanding of solar active region magnetic structure and energy budget before and during solar eruptions. This is an outstanding opportunity that will bridge expertise of groups with internationally leading competence in areas of data-driven simulations and space and ground-based observations at the National Solar Observatory (headquarters of DKIST), High Altitude Observatory (HAO) and University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley).

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

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) began in 1948, a decade before NASA. We are the world’s only academic research institute to have sent instruments to all eight planets and Pluto. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Assist with the development and performance of data-driven numerical simulations of the solar eruptions and will validate these with high-quality observations taken with space and ground-based observatories, including the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST), the largest 4-meter solar telescope in the world. 
  • Participate in collaborative and independent solar physics research, present results at scientific meetings and publish articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. 
  • A key component of this post will be participation in the NSO Community Science Program activities, that includes development and application of DKIST data reduction tools and production of level-2 science data from limited sets of DKIST observations. 


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

  • PhD in Physics, Astronomy, or related field (by the start date). 
  • One to three (1-3) years of research experience in solar physics or space plasmas, 
    • with at least one (1) first-authored, peer-reviewed article in credited scientific journals.
  • Scientific background in solar physics. 

What You Will Need

  • Full proficiency in scientific programming with Interactive Data Language (IDL) and/or Python, and C and/or Fortran. 
  • Proven ability to analyze solar data and/or perform numerical simulations, conduct independent research and collaborate with colleagues, communicate scientific ideas optimally in person and on paper. 

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Research Statement: a 1-page document describing some future projects/collaborations that you would like to pursue as a potential research plan for this project. 
  4. Letter of Recommendation (Not Confidential)
Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2020 and will continue until the position is 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: Dr. Maria Kazachenko

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