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Radiation PostDoctoral Scholar

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The CU Boulder Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences encourages applications for a PostDoctoral Scholar to participate in research activities in the area of Magnetosphere-Atmosphere coupling and Radiation Belt Precipitation! 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 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. The LAIR research group is a part of the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research (CCAR; 

The LAIR research group conducts research on the space environment and its impact on society. The group currently consists of the PI, one research associate, one postdoctoral scholar, nine Ph.D. 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. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

This position is supported by a number of funded research projects in CCAR in the Aerospace Engineering Sciences department at CU Boulder. These projects are focused on very-low-frequency (VLF) wave propagation in the inner magnetosphere, wave-particle interactions in the radiation belts, and drivers and signatures of radiation belt precipitation. Data analysis work will use data from the Van Allen Probes, POES, and other missions, as well as data from ground-based instrumentation. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to participate in the ongoing development of a number of CubeSat missions.

What You Should Know

This position is nominally for one year with the possibility of continued work contingent on performance and funding availability. The successful candidate will be given significant mentoring and professional development opportunities that support postdoctoral scholars in pursuit of long-term careers in research, academia, and other fields.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this position will be $50,000.00 to $70,000.00.


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 Ph.D. degree in Physics, Engineering, or related fields.

What You Will Need

Experience in space physics, either in numerical simulation, data analysis, or related topics. Skills in data analysis commensurate with a Ph.D. in technical fields.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Numerical simulation techniques including ray-tracing, Monte Carlo methods.
  • Analysis of data from space missions.
  • Courses in electromagnetics and plasma physics.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Letter of Recommendation
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 (if applicable) as an optional attachment.

Review of application materials 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.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Robert A. Marshall

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