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Postdoctoral Researcher in Space Plasma

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Boulder, Colorado

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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Space Plasma Group (SPG) at the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) is seeking to fill one or more research positions in space plasma physics. The CU/LASP Space Plasma Group conducts a diverse research program encompassing instrumentation, data analysis, simulation, and theoretical studies of space plasma physics in a variety of environments, including planetary magnetospheres and ionospheres as well as the solar wind. We are seeking researchers at the Research Scientist 1 (RS1, postdoc-equivalent) level, but will consider an RS2 (full researcher) appointment if warranted by the applicant’s level of experience.

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

With a focus on solar, stellar, space plasma, atmospheric and planetary sciences, LASP employs both experimental and theoretical approaches to answer key science questions. Since its inception in 1948, LASP has developed, operated, and analyzed the data from scientific instrumentation for solar science, Earth atmospheric, planetary, deep-space, and Earth-orbiting spacecraft missions investigating the Sun, all eight planets, Pluto, and beyond. The progressive development of research capabilities and the use of innovative technologies in pursuit of emerging research initiatives ensures a continued leadership role for LASP in today’s growing “new space” era.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Conducting studies of wave-particle interactions and other plasma phenomena in heliospheric environments
  • The successful candidate will collaborate with SPG group members on currently funded projects and seek to develop an independent research program.
  • This position will include data analysis or simulation/modeling investigations using data from NASA’s Parker Solar Probe mission (PSP), Magnetospheric Multiscale mission (MMS), and/or the Van Allen Probes mission, to address fundamental questions about wave-particle interactions and other space plasma phenomena.

What You Should Know

  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to align 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

The salary for this full-time position is $70,000 - $80,000 annually.


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 related field.

What You Will Need

  • Candidates with expertise in spacecraft in-situ data analysis and/or numerical modeling/simulation of space plasmas are especially encouraged to apply.
  • Background in plasma theory and/or spacecraft instrumentation is also highly desirable.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, research interests, and how could enhance these research projects.
If you are selected as the finalist, your degree will be verified by the CU Boulder Campus Human Resources department using an approved online vendor. If your degree was obtained outside of the United States, please submit a translated version as an optional attachment.

During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references. We will request a letter of recommendation and additional materials, if needed, as the search progresses. 

Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain posted until 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: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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