Research Scientist in Cool Stars, Exoplanet Atmospheres, and Protoplanetary Disks

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Archive Date: 
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
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Job Summary
Job Category: 
Science Engineering
Institution Classification/Type: 
Research Laboratory
University of Colorado Boulder
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Job Summary

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for a research scientist position in the area of stars, exoplanets, and disks. The successful candidate would work with Dr. Kevin France, a professor in LASP and the Department of Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences (APS), on observation, analysis, and modeling star/planet/disks systems using data from the Hubble Space Telescope and other facilities. Dr. France’s research group (CUSP: has active observational programs (with Hubble, Chandra, XMM, and ground-based facilities) in the areas of exoplanetary atmospheres, the properties of star planet systems, and the composition/structure/evolution of protoplanetary disks. CUSP is also developing the NASA-funded CUTE mission, a CubeSat to study mass-loss in extreme exoplanetary systems, and the ESCAPE Small Explorer Mission to study EUV radiation and CMEs from nearby stars. 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. 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.


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

  • The applicant would have a significant fraction of their time available for independent research to develop her/his own research programs.


What You Should Know

  • The initial appointment is for one year, with an additional two years expected contingent upon performance and funding.


What We Can Offer

  • RS I $70k - $80k
  • RS II $75k - $110k

Be adaptable. Be encouraged. Be Boulder.


What We Require

  • Applicants should have obtained a Ph.D. in astrophysics or a related field.




Special Application Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume or CV (CV including a list of publications, and a short description of current research accomplishments and future goals.)
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.

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.


We will begin considering applications on a rolling basis starting September 1st, 2021, and we will accept applications until the position is filled.


Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.


Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Application Deadline: 
Thursday, November 4, 2021
Selection Deadline: 
Thursday, November 4, 2021
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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