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Professional Research Assistant - Video Editor

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for a Professional Research Assistant to support a NASA-funded project titled "Explorations: Science through Shadows." This is a 3-year, 75% time position for a digital media artist to produce NASA science education short videos. Full dome (planetarium format) and rectangular-media videos on the “Science through Shadows” grant will be produced and distributed throughout the world. We seek an individual who is creative, self-motivated, dedicated, and willing to wear all hats of production.

This grant continues a previous one, “Explorations,” whose short videos may be seen here: Fiske videos are now playing in over 250 planetariums worldwide.

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

Fiske Planetarium is a science and education center with a 65-foot dome seating over 200 audience members. The resolution of our digital theater is 8K-x-8K at 60 frames per second. Fiske annually serves roughly 80,000 people each year in person, including 6,000 CU students and 18,000 K-12 students from throughout Colorado. Fiske also has a production studio that includes six state-of-the art workstations for use in video editing and animation. Housed within the Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences Department, Fiske also works closely with other academic departments throughout CU Boulder.

The Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences hosts one of the largest astronomy programs in the country, with over 250 undergraduates, roughly 50 graduate students, and over 25 faculty in a diverse range of astronomy fields. The department is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, with a commitment to teaching and learning that emphasizes hands-on learning, exploration, and inquiry. The college is pursuing initiatives that transcend disciplinary boundaries, encourage teaching through research/creative work, and engage the world.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Work with a team of astronomers, educators, and other creative artists to support production of full dome (planetarium format) and rectangular media science education videos focusing on the topics of eclipses and occultations.
    • This will include collaborative script writing, storyboarding, animatic creation, animation, video editing, and post-production.
  • Assist with promotion and dissemination of educational materials and videos through creation of multimedia assets.
  • Work with and mentor students from collaborating institutions who will be assisting with some video development.
  • Meet regularly and collaborate as an active member of the Fiske staff and support related activities and projects at Fiske Planetarium.

What You Should Know

  • This position is anticipated to start in Summer of 2022.
  • Due to the nature, scope and size of the data, the primary position is located in the production studio at Fiske Planetarium at least 3 days a week, with limited options for remote work.
  • The production artist will be required to independently lift heavy equipment in field work situations and is required to climb flights of stairs and operate in extreme outdoor environments.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply 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.
  • In-person modality is preferred, but hybrid and remote modalities are also possible.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this 75% appointment is $48,750 - $56,250 annually.


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

  • Bachelor's Degree or Higher.
  • 3-7 Years in 3D animation, Video Production, Photography, Digital Media development.
  • Proficiency in 3D animation, rendering and compositing.
  • Knowledge of video production, editing and delivery.
  • Production planning, budgeting, shot development and creative storytelling.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Previous full-dome production experience is preferred, but not required.
  • A working knowledge of field production and independent production is also preferred.
  • Software proficiencies:
    • Animation Software: Cinema 4D with Redshift engine. Other software may include Autodesk Maya, Blender or Houdini.
    • Video Software: Adobe Suite (Premiere, After Effects, Audition) DaVinci Resolve/Fusion.
  • Hardware proficiencies:
    • PC/Mac Environments and general network data management.
    • Familiarity with distributed network rendering.
    • DSLR photography, video and audio field recording.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Website or other digital link to portfolio of applicant’s production
  4. Optional: Official Transcripts/ Proof of Degree

During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references who will be contacted to provide letters of recommendation 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, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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