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Assistant Professor Position in Space Plasma Physics

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Boulder, Colorado

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Job Summary

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) and the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences (APS) at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) are conducting a search for a faculty member at the Assistant Professor rank. We are accepting applications from candidates in the area of space plasma physics including but not limited to, the Earth’s and planetary magnetospheres, solar wind, and ionospheres. We are particularly interested in candidates that have an experimental background and are researching space plasma phenomena that relate to astrophysical plasmas, for example, magnetic reconnection, plasma turbulence, shocks, radio emissions, or charged particle acceleration.

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 research institute to have sent instruments to all eight planets and Pluto.

The Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences (APS) is affiliated with several research centers and institutes at the University of Colorado, one of which is LASP. APS offers ample resources for teaching and research, including access to observational, instrumental, and theoretical facilities. 
LASP is associated with several departments at the University of Colorado including APS, Physics, Aerospace Engineering, Geology, and Atmospheric Science. LASP is a research laboratory that is fully equipped for space-flight instrumentation with a qualified engineering staff, clean rooms, vacuum chambers, and testing facilities. LASP and APS are involved in a number of NASA heliospheric and planetary missions including Parker Solar Probe, GOLD, MMS, MAVEN, Juno, New Horizons, Van Allen Probes, Messenger, Timed, SDO, THEMIS, and several small missions and cubesats.

LASP is an affiliate of CU Boulder AeroSpace Ventures, a collaboration among aerospace-related departments, institutes, centers, government labs, and industry partners.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Ability to develop and conduct an innovative independent research program, a dedication to teaching in our undergraduate and graduate programs, and a commitment to supporting the diverse student populations in our department. 

LASP and the APS department recognize that the effectiveness and creativity of a group is strengthened by contributions from a broad range of perspectives. As such, we particularly welcome candidates from groups that are historically underrepresented in our field and/or have demonstrated leadership toward building an equitable and inclusive scholarly environment.  

Successful candidates would also have access to the development of space-flight hardware and ground based instruments and to high-performance computing. Additional information about faculty life and expectations in APS and at CU Boulder can be found at


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

  •  Ph.D. or equivalent degree in astrophysics, planetary science, plasma physics, or a related field.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of publications
  4. Statement of Research Philosophy: Description of Research Interests.
  5. Statement of Teaching Philosophy: Teaching and Mentoring Statement.
  6. Statement of Diversity and Inclusion Goals. (Please see for guidance on these items.)
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references and we will request  letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.

Applications received by March 1, 2019 will receive full consideration.  

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

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