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PostDoctoral Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

We encourage applications for a Postdoctoral Associate to join our team and conduct research broadly related to exoplanet atmospheres, with a focus on multiwavelength observations of transiting planets and/or the stars that illuminate them.

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

This postdoctoral scholar can expect to collaborate with a group of scientists that will celebrate strengths, value diverse perspectives, and work to ensure an equitable scholarly experience for all. Through the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences, this postdoctoral scholar will have institutional access to the SDSS-V collaboration, the Astrophysical Research Consortium 3.5m, and 0.5m telescopes at Apache Point Observatory, the Las Cumbres Observatory global telescope network, and a large community of astronomers and planetary scientists. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

This postdoctoral scholar will conduct research broadly related to understanding the composition and evolution of exoplanet atmospheres, working both collaboratively and independently within our research group. They/she/he will contribute to the development of a robust, friendly, open-source Python package for detailed spectrophotometry from space- and ground-based telescopes.

What You Should Know

The start date is flexible, ranging from late fall 2020 to fall 2021. The appointment will be for an initial period of two years, with renewal for a third year contingent upon satisfactory progress. 

What We Can Offer

The position includes a competitive salary, research/travel funds, access to telescope and supercomputing facilities, and significant flexibility to account for the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. 


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 astronomy, planetary science, or related field, awarded by the start of the position.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience with time-series and/or spectroscopic analysis.
  • Familiarity with scientific coding.
  • Kindness.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV that includes all relevant experience and a list of publications.
  2. Cover Letter explaining your interest in this position.
  3. A brief (up to 3 pages) statement of your scholarly interests and how you would contribute to a research program on exoplanet atmospheres, which may also optionally include past/present/future work toward making academia more inclusive and just.
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references and we will request letters of recommendation immediately upon application. 

Complete applications received by November 13, 2020 will receive full consideration. (This date was pushed back from October 15.)

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: Zach Berta-Thompson

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