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Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) postdoc

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado is seeking a Global - scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) Postdoc. In this 1 year postdoctoral position,  the successful candidate will perform research on assimilating data from the GOLD mission as well as data from satellite and ground-based observations of the space environment to address the science goals of the mission (gold web site address), submit the results of the research to refereed journals, and present results at scientific meetings. 

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.

LASP combines all aspects of space exploration through our expertise in science, engineering, mission operations, and scientific data analysis. As part of CU, LASP also works to educate and train the next generation of space scientists, engineers and mission operators by integrating undergraduate and graduate students into working teams. Our students take their unique experiences with them into government or industry, or remain in academia to continue the cycle of exploration.

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

The successful candidate will be working with data from the Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) mission, a NASA mission of opportunity hosted on the SES-14 satellite, to examine the global-scale behavior of the Earth’s thermosphere and ionosphere in response to the forcing from above, by the Sun, and from below, by the lower atmosphere of the Earth.  The goal is to advance understanding of the spatial and temporal changes in the neutral atmosphere at the boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space and the Earth’s ionosphere. The successful applicant will be working with Dr. Mihail Codrescu at NOAA’s SWPC and Dr. Richard Eastes at LASP. LASP is located at the University of Colorado in Boulder. The area provides abundant opportunities for scientific collaborations. 


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.

What We Require

  • Ph.D. in physics, atmospheric physics, or a relevant field, within five years of the application date. 
  • Strong computer science skills  
  • Interest in modeling of the Earth’s space environment.  
  • Demonstrate a strong background in computational physics or the physics of the Earth’s space environment (especially ionospheric/thermospheric physics).   
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written are important, and the applicant must speak and write English fluently. 

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience in the physical sciences or engineering, especially experience working with atmospheric models or large data sets is desirable. 
  • PhD in Atmospheric Science, Space Physics, or a related field, with strong data assimilation/analysis and programming skills.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. Curriculum Vitae.
  2. Cover Letter.
  3. Reference Letter (Not Confidential).

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.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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