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Research Scientist in Ultraviolet Instrumentation and Missions

Requisition Number:

38413

Location:

Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty

Schedule:

Full-Time

Date Posted:

18-Apr-2022

Job Summary

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado at Boulder encourages applications for a research scientist position in the areas of spaceflight instrumentation, analysis of observations from current missions, and development of instrument concepts for future NASA missions. The successful candidate would work with Dr. Kevin France, a professor in LASP and the Department of Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences (APS) Dr. France’s research group (CUSP: https://lasp.colorado.edu/home/cusp/) has several active programs developing and flight-testing instruments for ultraviolet/optical astronomy, including the NASA-funded Colorado Ultraviolet Transit Experiment CubeSat mission, a vibrant suborbital rocket group, and development of the science and experimental techniques for future astronomy missions.

LASP offers a diverse set of resources for teaching and research, including access to observational, instrumental, and theoretical facilities. CU is a member of the ARC 3.5-meter telescope and the SDSS V Survey at Apache Point Observatory. LASP is the PI institution of numerous space missions for heliophysics, planetary science, and astrophysics; the candidate would have access to excellent facilities for the development of space-borne and ground-based hardware, if applicable. 


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

  • The successful candidate would develop flight mission designs and instrumentation, conduct related data analysis of laboratory and science observations, and collaborate with CUSP students, researchers, and engineers. 

What You Should Know

  • The applicant would also be encouraged to collaborate with Dr. France’s ground-based and HST observing projects, mentor undergraduate and graduate research students, and would have a significant fraction of their time available for independent research to develop their own research programs.
  • 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

The salary range for this position is Level I: $70k - $80k and Level II: $75 - $110K. We offer a generous retirement plan that includes 200% matching for the first 5% contributed with immediate vesting. Relocation assistance is available per institute guidelines.

Benefits

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 or a related field.
  • Experience with space experimental or observational techniques.

What You Will Need

  • Experience with optical design, calibration, and testing is strongly desired. 

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Familiarity with mission operations and planning, vacuum system operation, and launch site operations are additional attributes.

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. The search committee will request 3 letters of recommendation at a later time if you are identified as a finalist for this role.

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.

Review of applications will start immediately and 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

Posting Contact Email: Recruiting@colorado.edu