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CIRES/SWPC Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupling Post-Doctoral Research Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

Applications are invited for a full-time Post-Doctoral position at University of Colorado Boulder, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and NOAA/Space Weather Prediction Center. The successful applicant will work on magnetosphere-ionosphere-thermosphere coupling, with a particular focus on cross energy coupling in the inner magnetosphere and its interaction with the ionosphere and thermosphere. Proficiency in analyzing space- and ground- based observation data and performing computer model simulations is desirable. A PhD in a field associated with space physics is required by the start date of appointment.

Who We Are

At CIRES, the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, more than 800 environmental scientists work to understand the dynamic Earth system, including people’s relationship with the planet. CIRES is a partnership of NOAA and the University of Colorado Boulder, and our areas of expertise include weather and climate, changes at the Earth’s poles, air quality and atmospheric chemistry, water resources, and solid Earth sciences. Our vision is to be instrumental in ensuring a sustainable future environment by advancing scientific and societal understanding of the Earth system.

Space Weather Prediction Center

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Analyze and interpret data from space- and ground- based observations.
  • Perform computer model simulations.
  • Compare model simulations and observations.
  • Perform a number of numerical experiments.
  • Present findings at scientific conferences and write scientific articles.

What You Should Know

CIRES commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.

Funding for this position will be for one year, with the possibility of extension for a second year depending on available funding.

What We Can Offer

CIRES can offer a competitive compensation package. Salary is commensurate with experience.


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 (or a related field) with research background applicable to space physics.
  • A working knowledge of data visualization and analysis packages in Python, IDL, Matlab, or equivalent.

What You Will Need

  • A working knowledge of computer programming with Fortran, C++, or equivalent.
  • Good communication skills to effectively interact with internal and external collaborators.

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. 
  3. You will need to submit 2 references for this position. These individuals will be contacted and asked to submit a letter of recommendation as part of your application materials. The request will be sent immediately upon your submission of this application. Please notify your referees that they will receive an email from the CU Boulder Talent Acquisition team that will contain a link to upload their LOR. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.

If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by CU Boulder Campus HR using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

The position will be open until filled. Applications will be screened as they are received.

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

Posting Contact Name: Naomi Maruyama

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The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer