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Postdoctoral Researcher in Extragalactic Astrophysics and Instrumentation

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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 at the University of Colorado is encouraging applications for a Ph.D. research scientist in the field of astronomical instrumentation to support new and ongoing programs within the Colorado Ultraviolet Spectroscopy Program (CUSP) research group ( The successful applicant will be involved in the final integration and testing of the SPRITE far-ultraviolet spectroscopic mission, as well as be given the opportunity to lead smaller technology development and demonstration projects centered on multi-object and integral field spectroscopy in space. 

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

This position is as part of CU Professor Brian Fleming’s research group; a multi-disciplinary experimental astrophysics team that includes undergraduate and graduate students drawn from a broad range of academic backgrounds, as well as both engineers and other scientists. The successful applicant should expect to interact regularly with and mentor undergraduate and graduate students as a part of the broader Colorado Ultraviolet Spectroscopy Program (CUSP; 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Work towards developing their own independent research program. 
  • The successful applicant should expect to interact regularly with students, engineers, and other research scientists as part of the CUSP research group. 

What You Should Know

  • The initial appointment is for 1 year, with additional years contingent upon performance and funding. 
  • The nominal start date is Fall 2021. 

What We Can Offer

Salary Range is: $70,000 to $80,000 


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

A Ph.D. in Astrophysics, Astronomy, Physics or a relevant engineering field is required. 

What We Would Like You To Have

In addition to technical expertise in the field of optics, detectors, fiber optics, MEMS devices, or general instrumentation, applicants with a scientific background in supernova remnants, star-formation, or extragalactic astrophysics are especially encouraged to apply.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter: up to two-page description of research accomplishments and future goals. 
During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for two references and we will request letters of recommendation and additional materials if needed, as the search progresses.

Review of applications will begin immediately 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

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