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Space Plasma Physics Postdoctoral Researcher

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Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty



Job Summary

The Space Plasma Group at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), University of Colorado, Boulder (CU), is seeking candidates for a RS-­I (post­-doctoral) position.   

Research duties include analysis of Parker Solar Probe data to study near­-Sun solar wind plasma phenomena and analysis of magnetospheric mission data (MMS, Van Allen Probes) to study plasma wave phenomena near Earth. These projects focus on plasma wave-particle interactions and kinetic-scale plasma physics.    

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 research institute to have sent instruments to all eight planets and Pluto.

LASP is associated with several departments at the University of Colorado including APS, Physics, Aerospace Engineering, Geology, and Atmospheric Science. LASP is a research laboratory that is fully equipped for space-flight instrumentation with a qualified engineering staff, clean rooms, vacuum chambers, and testing facilities.

LASP is an affiliate of CU Boulder AeroSpace Ventures, a collaboration among aerospace-related departments, institutes, centers, government labs, and industry partners.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Analyze in-situ particle and fields data from NASA spacecraft, with emphasis on Parker Solar Probe.  
  • Conduct space plasma research and author peer­-reviewed publications based on this data analysis effort. 
  • Participate in conferences to present scientific findings. 
  • Develop independent research and seek to obtain funding through competitive proposals.


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

  • PhD
  • Knowledge and understanding of plasma physics,
  • Ability to conduct data analysis on in­situ particle and fields data from spacecraft,
  • Experience with IDL, Matlab, Python or equivalent coding language for data analysis and plotting,

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience with solar wind and/or terrestrial magnetospheric plasma physics (magnetotail, plasma sheet, radiation belts, etc.). 
  • Experience with Van Allen Probes, THEMIS, MMS or similar space mission data analysis. 
  • Experience writing articles for peer reviewed scientific journals. 

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter:  should outline the experience that the applicant has with respect space mission data analysis and wave­particle interaction physics, as well as the applicant's broader research goals.  
  3. Reference Letter (Non Confidential)
  4. Proof of Degree
Review of applications will begin on immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

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