Research Associate

Boulder, CO
May 25, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Space Plasma group at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), University of Colorado (CU), is seeking a post-doctoral research scientist to conduct scientific research on Earth's magnetotail and inner magnetosphere plasma dynamics in support of existing grants. This position is focused primarily on analyzing and interpreting in-situ particle and fields data from spacecraft including the Van Allen Probes and THEMIS missions.

The CU/LASP Space Plasma group conducts a diverse research program encompassing data analysis, simulation, and theoretical studies of space plasma physics in a variety of environments, including planetary magnetospheres and ionospheres as well as the solar wind. The group maintains a robust space instrumentation program.

[1] Analyze in-situ particle and fields data from NASA spacecraft, with emphasis on the Van Allen Probes and THEMIS missions. [2] Conduct space plasma research and author peer-reviewed publications based on this data analysis effort. [3] Participate in conferences to present scientific findings. [4] Develop independent research and competitive proposal efforts.


PhD in a related field.

[1] Knowledge and understanding of plasma physics [2] Ability to conduct data analysis on in-situ particle and fields data from spacecraft [3] Experience with IDL, Matlab, Python or equivalent coding language for data analysis and plotting

Desired Qualifications:

[1] Experience with terrestrial magnetospheric plasma physics (magnetotail, plasma sheet, radiation belts, etc.) [2] Experience with Van Allen Probes, THEMIS, MMS or similar space mission data analysis [3] Experience writing articles for peer-reviewed scientific journals

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Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Reference Letters (Not Confidential), Unofficial transcript(s)

Application Materials Instructions:Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1 - Cover Letter; 2 - Resume; 3 - The document uploaded for Proof of Degree can be a Transcript which shows the date the degree was conferred; Copy of Diploma; or official letter from the Registrar or the Dean of the School or College conferring the degree; and 4 - Letter of Recommendation

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

Department: B0001 -- Boulder Campus - 10060 - Lab Atmos/Space Physics

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: May 24, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Molly Hand

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00657845


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