Postdoctoral Position in Space Instrumentation

Boulder, CO
Aug 25, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in the areas of spaceflight instrumentation, laboratory demonstration of advanced hardware, and development of instrument concepts for future NASA missions. The successful candidate would work with Dr. Kevin France, a professor in the Department of Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences (APS). Dr. France's research group 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 active programs studying large-format detectors, advanced optical coatings, and optical components. Experience with optical design, calibration, and testing is strongly desired. Familiarity with space-flight hardware, vacuum system operation, and launch site operations would be considered 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.

The APS department is affiliated with several research centers and institutes (LASP, CASA, JILA) and 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 IV Survey at Apache Point Observatory. LASP and CASA have also been the PI institutions 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.

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 three letters of recommendation sent directly to The initial appointment is for one years, with an additional two years expected contingent upon performance and funding.

We will begin considering applications on October 1st, 2017, and we will accept applications until the positions are filled. The start data is flexible, but no later than Aug 2018. The position could start as early as December 2017.


PhD in a related field.

Special Instructions to Applicants:This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals. The University of Colorado Boulder conducts background checks on all final applicants being considered for employment, prior to the issuance of an offer letter. The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To achieve this goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and an EPLS (Excluded Parties List System) check. The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

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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: Aug 24, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Molly Hand

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00737285