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EPIC Postdoctoral Researcher

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Exploration of Planetary Ices and Climates (EPIC) group at the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) is seeking to fill a research position (RS-I, i.e., within ~3 years of Ph.D., postdoc-equivalent) in planetary science. Research in the EPIC group encompasses a range of solid surface bodies, including Mars, the Moon, icy satellites, and small bodies.

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

LASP is a world-renowned space science research institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. CU receives more NASA funding than any public university in the country, due in large part to LASP programs. Professional engineers work closely with scientists and assembly technicians in designing and building space flight hardware while helping mentor students as entry-level engineers working on these programs. LASP is particularly proud of a work environment that supports employee creativity and productivity and offers opportunities for diverse experiences and a broad range of responsibilities.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Research duties include conducting studies of the surfaces and atmospheres of planets, natural satellites, and/or small bodies.
  • The successful candidate will collaborate with EPIC group members on currently funded projects and seek to develop an independent research program.
  • A focus of this position will include investigations using data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Dawn at Ceres mission to address fundamental questions about ice on airless bodies.

What You Should Know

  • 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. 

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this position is $70,000.00 - $80,000.00. We offer a generous retirement plan that includes 200% matching for the first 5% contributed with immediate vesting. Relocation assistance is available per institute guidelines.


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. 

What You Will Need

  • Candidates with expertise in numerical modeling of planetary processes including ice/vapor transport and/or impact dynamics are especially encouraged to apply.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience analyzing remote sensing data of airless bodies, including asteroids, is also highly desirable.

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

Position will remain posted until 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: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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