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Postdoctoral Associate

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) encourages applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar to participate in research activities in the area of Meteor Physics in the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences. The position is currently open and the successful candidate can start as soon as possible. 

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

The Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR) is dedicated to the study of astrodynamics and the application of satellites to science, navigation, and remote sensing of the Earth and planets.

Hosted by the Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, CCAR was established in 1985 as a key component of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s emphasis on space science. CCAR brings together a multidisciplinary group of faculty, staff, and students to enhance our understanding of the Earth and the solar system through satellite missions and observations.

Research emphasis areas include astrodynamics, which involves orbital and attitude motion of Earth satellites, interplanetary spacecraft, and planetary bodies; global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) used for orbit determination, remote sensing, and vehicle navigation, and remote sensing of the Earth’s surface, gravity field, oceans, atmosphere, and space.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

This position is supported by a number of funded research projects in the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR; in the Aerospace Engineering Sciences department at CU Boulder. These projects are focused on the ablation physics, detection, and characterization of meteors entering the Earth’s atmosphere. This work involves measurement of meteors using an array of all-sky cameras and VLF radio receivers, together with analysis of data from those instruments; experimental work at CU Boulder’s Institute for Modeling Plasma, Atmospheres and Cosmic Dust (IMPACT) facility (, where we conduct ablation experiments in one of the world’s premier dust accelerator facilities; and simulation work of meteor ablation and radar scattering. The successful postdoc will lead some of these activities, and work with and mentor a PhD student. 

This opportunity is nominally for one year with the possibility of continued work contingent on performance and funding availability. The position will be located in the new Aerospace Engineering Sciences building at CU Boulder ( and will work in the Lightning, Atmosphere, Ionosphere, and Radiation Belts (LAIR) research group led by Professor Robert A. Marshall.

What You Should Know

The Lightning, Atmosphere, Ionosphere, and Radiation Belts (LAIR) research group at CU Boulder conducts research on the space environment and its impact on society. The group currently consists of the PI, two research associates, seven PhD students, and five BS/MS students. The group is building three CubeSat missions, along with ground-based instrumentation, and conducts satellite data analysis and numerical modeling of various effects in the space environment. 

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

Salary range is $50,000 - $70,000 annually. The University of Colorado Boulder provides excellent benefits to postdoctoral scholars, including health, dental, and vision; vacation and sick leave; along with career development services. 


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

  • Completed PhD degree in Physics, Engineering, or related fields.

What You Will Need

  • Courses in electromagnetics and plasma physics.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience in meteor science, either in detection, data analysis, ablation physics, or related topics. Skills in data analysis commensurate with a PhD in technical fields. 
  • Image processing experience. 
  • Experience with data analysis techniques and numerical modeling.
  • Hardware experience (electronics and instrumentation).
  • Fieldwork experience (e.g. setting up instruments).

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references who will be contacted to provide letters of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses.

Applications will be accepted 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 Information

Posting Contact Name: Marshall, Robert

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