Research Scientist in Ultraviolet Instrumentation and Missions

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of Colorado Boulder
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder invites 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: 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. 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. The minimum requirements for the position are a Ph.D. in astrophysics or a related field, and experience with space experimental or observational techniques Experience with optical design, calibration, and testing is strongly desired; familiarity with mission operations and planning, vacuum system operation, and launch site operations are additional attributes. 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 her/his own research programs.

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 development of space-borne and ground-based hardware, if applicable.

Application materials must be submitted electronically here: Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae including a list of publications, and a short description of current research accomplishments and future goals. The applicant should also arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent directly to [email protected]. The initial appointment is for one year, with an additional two years expected contingent upon performance and funding. Applications from a range of career stages are encouraged; CUSP welcomes researchers interested in contributing to the scientific direction, vibrancy, and climate of the group.

We will begin considering applications on April 20, 2022, and we will accept applications until the position is filled. The start data is flexible, but no later than August 2022; the position could start as early as June

2022. The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at: [email protected].

Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, August 16, 2022
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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