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Post-Doc in Space Instrumentation

Requisition Number:



Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in the areas of spaceflight instrumentation, laboratory demonstration of advanced hardware, and development of instrument concepts for future NASA missions. The successful candidate would work with Dr. Kevin France, a professor in the Department of Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences (APS). Dr. France’s research group has several active programs developing and flight-testing instruments for ultraviolet/optical astronomy, including the NASA-funded Colorado Ultraviolet Transit Experiment CubeSat mission, a vibrant suborbital rocket group, and active programs studying large-format detectors, advanced optical coatings, and optical components. Experience with optical design, calibration, and testing is strongly desired. Familiarity with space-flight hardware, vacuum system operation, and launch site operations would be considered additional attributes. The applicant would also be encouraged to collaborate with Dr. France’s ground-based and HST observing projects, mentor undergraduate and graduate research students, and would have a significant fraction of their time available for independent research to develop her/his own research programs.

The APS department is affiliated with several research centers and institutes (LASP, CASA, JILA) and offers a diverse set of resources for teaching and research, including access to observational, instrumental, and theoretical facilities. CU is a member of the ARC 3.5-meter telescope and the SDSS IV and SDSS V Surveys at Apache Point Observatory. LASP and CASA have also been the PI institutions of numerous space missions for heliophysics, planetary science, and astrophysics; the candidate would have access to excellent facilities for development of space-borne and ground-based hardware.

What You Should Know

The initial appointment is for one year, with an additional two years expected contingent upon performance and funding.

The start date is flexible, but no later than Aug 2019; the position could start as early as December 2018.


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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Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Curriculum Vitae.
  2. List of Publications.
  3. Cover Letter.
  4. Short description of current research accomplishments and future goals.
  5. 3 letters of recommendation sent directly to
  6. Proof of Degree (this document can be a transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred, copy of diploma, or official letter from the registrar or the dean of the school or college conferring the degree).
We will begin considering applications on Nov 15, 2018, and we will accept applications until the position is filled. 

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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