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Science Data Analyst for MAVEN/IUVS

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



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Job Summary

Scientific Data Analyst for the Imaging UltraViolet Spectrograph team on the MAVEN mission orbiting Mars.

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 Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) began in 1948, a decade before NASA. We are the world’s only academic research institute to have sent instruments to all eight planets and Pluto.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Data analysis and interpretation, scientific programming in python, IDL and other languages as needed, scientific interpretation and presentation of results at conferences and in publications.
  • Comparison with numerical models and development of simulation software.
  • Participation in data archiving and reporting activities.
  • Mentoring junior team members and providing software support.
  • Potential for work in mission planning activities.

What You Should Know

  • 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

$50,000.00 - $65,000.00.


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

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in astronomy, physics, computer science or related area.
  • Experience in scientific programming including python or IDL.
  • Experience working with remote sensing data, retrievals, image processing.
  • Experience with graphical data representation and scientific visualization.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Familiarity with planetary science, earth science or astrophysics through coursework or experience.
  • Familiarity with scientific data formats.
  • Familiarity with best practices for version control for code and data products.
  • Experience with object-oriented programming.

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. A scientific plot or graphic of your own creation, with caption, which highlights your abilities to visually display quantitative information for scientific interpretation.
Be prepared to submit contact information for 3 professional references (at least one must be/ must have been a supervisor). If you are selected as a finalist for this role, we will ask you to invite them to complete a SkillSurvey questionnaire on your behalf. SkillSurvey is an online automated reference check solution. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.

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.

The position will be open until filled. Applications will be screened as they are received.

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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