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Research Scientist in Space Physics (I or II)

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Boulder, Colorado





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Research Faculty



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Job Summary

The Space Plasma Group at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), University of Colorado, Boulder (CU) invites applications for research scientists in Space Physics at a ranking of research scientist I or II (RS-I, RS-2). This job opportunity is focused on plasma physics in the unmagnetized environment of Mars. This is a position within the Langmuir Probe and Waves (LPW) team and will make use of electron density and temperature data from the MAVEN mission.

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

LASP is a world-renowned space science research institute at the University of Colorado Boulder. CU receives more NASA funding than any public university in the country, due in large part to LASP programs. Professional engineers work closely with scientists and assembly technicians in designing and building space flight hardware while helping mentor students as entry-level engineers working on these programs. LASP is particularly proud of a work environment that supports employee creativity and productivity and offers opportunities for diverse experiences and a broad range of responsibilities.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Responsibilities will include analysis of MAVEN-LPW data products. 
  • Responsibilities will also include the publication of scientific results based on MAVEN LPW data and the dissemination of those results at scientific conferences. 
  • The candidate will work with MAVEN mission/instrument software written in IDL.

What You Should Know

  • The position is funded for two years with a possibility of extension pending a successful performance evaluation. 
  • During this two-year period, the candidate is expected to demonstrate research excellence while utilizing the LPW instrument and the MAVEN mission, mentor students and junior researchers, and engage in proposal writing. 
  • Onsite presence is expected for most of the working week.

What We Can Offer

Salary range of $80,000 - $125,000. We offer a generous retirement plan that includes 200% matching for the first 5% contributed with immediate vesting. Relocation expenses up to the equivalent of one-months’ salary (taxable).

  • RS-I salary range: $80,000 - $90,000
  • RS-II salary range: $90,000 - $125,000


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

  • The candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Physics or similar Scientific or Engineering discipline.
  • The candidate should indicate their research interests, and how they could enhance and benefit the research project above.

What You Will Need

  • Demonstration of research skills using in-situ space plasma data is highly desirable.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Familiarity with the IDL programming language is 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, and specific interest in this position.
  3. Reference Letter(s) (Not Confidential).

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.

Please apply by 7/14/24 for consideration.

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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