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Postdoctoral Researcher in Extragalactic Astrophysics

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado is encouraging applications for a Ph.D. research scientist in the field of galactic or extragalactic astrophysics, specifically ultraviolet studies of low-redshift star-forming galaxies in the context of galaxy evolution, feedback, and re-ionization. The successful applicant will support the SPRITE mission; a far-ultraviolet spectrograph expected to launch in late 2022 with the objective of mapping supernova remnants and star-formation regions in the Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds, and surveying low-redshift galaxies for evidence of energetic radiation escape, halo emission, and other UV diagnostic signatures. 

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 position is as part of CU Professor Brian Fleming’s research group; a multi-disciplinary experimental astrophysics team that includes undergraduate and graduate students drawn from a broad range of academic backgrounds, as well as both engineers and other scientists. The successful applicant should expect to interact regularly with and mentor undergraduate and graduate students as a part of the broader Colorado Ultraviolet Spectroscopy Program (CUSP; 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The researcher will work alongside the instrument team to develop the science program and analysis tools prior to launch, and then lead the local science program effort in conjunction with the SPRITE science team. Preference will be given to applicants with experience analyzing FUSE or Hubble-COS data, galaxy/supernova UV emission modeling, or ground-based observations and data analysis in support of UV observations. 

What You Should Know

  • The initial appointment is for 1 year, with additional years contingent upon performance and funding. 
  • The nominal start date is Fall 2021. 

What We Can Offer

Salary Range is: $70,000 to $80,000 


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

A Ph.D. in Astrophysics, Astronomy, Physics or a relevant engineering field is required. 

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter: up to two-page description of research accomplishments and future goals. 
During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for two references and we will request letters of recommendation and additional materials if needed, as the search progresses.

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

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