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Space Environment Postdoctoral Associate

University of Colorado
Boulder County, Colorado, US
Closing date
Sep 9, 2021

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Space Environment Postdoctoral Associate
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Boulder, Colorado
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Research Faculty
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Job Summary
The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) College of Engineering and Applied Science encourages applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar to participate in research activities in the area of Thermosphere-Exosphere coupling, processes, and simulations! The position is currently open and the successful candidate can start as soon as possible.
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 SWx TREC Research Enterprise conducts innovative, basic, and applied research in space domain science, machine learning, geomagnetically induced electric and magnetic fields, and related topics to better understand and predict space weather phenomena. SWx TREC researchers work across multiple departments, colleges, and institutes at the University of Colorado and collaborate with other universities, government agencies, and industries. These partnerships enable breakthrough advances in understanding the solar and space physics principles that underlie space weather and its impacts on critical infrastructure systems.
What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be
This position is supported by funded research projects in the Space Weather Technology, Research & Education Center (SWx TREC;, within the College of Engineering & Applied Science (CEAS) at CU Boulder.
These projects are focused on the coupling between the middle and upper atmosphere; simulations of the mesosphere, thermosphere, and lower exosphere; interactions between the exosphere and plasmasphere; the transport of neutral species throughout the upper atmosphere; data assimilation methods; and observing system simulation experiments (OSSEs). Simulation output will be compared with remote and in situ observations from the ground and space and will aid in the planning of future missions.
This position is nominally for one year with the possibility of continued work contingent on performance and funding availability. The position will be located in the new Aerospace Engineering Sciences building at CU Boulder ( The successful candidate will be given significant mentoring and professional development opportunities that support postdoctoral scholars in pursuit of long-term careers in research, academia, and other fields.
What We Can Offer
The salary range for this position is $50,000 - $80,000 annually. CU Boulder provides excellent benefits to postdoctoral scholars, including health, dental, and vision; vacation and sick leave; along with career development services.
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
Completed Ph.D. degree in Physics, Engineering, or related fields.
What You Will Need
Experience in space physics, either in numerical simulation or data analysis, with skills commensurate with a Ph.D. in technical fields.
What We Would Like You To Have
Numerical simulation techniques including general circulation models, Monte Carlo methods, and/or analysis of data from ground-based observatories or space-based platforms.
Special Instructions
To apply, please submit the following materials:
- Cover Letter
- Resume/CV
- Letter of Recommendation
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 (if applicable) as an optional attachment.
Applications will be accepted 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 Information
Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources
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The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.
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