Visiting Faculty/Scholar in Residence

Boulder, CO
Feb 28, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Visiting Faculty Position at the University of Colorado Boulder: Interpretation of spectropolarimetric measurements of the Sun.

The University of Colorado Boulder has established a visiting faculty position in Solar Physics, and is inviting applications for a three-year fix-term appointment. It is motivated by the relocation of the National Solar Observatory (NSO) headquarters to Boulder and will overlap with the start of operations of the NSO's upcoming Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST). Outstanding candidates in all areas of Solar Physics, including instrumentation, observations, theory and modeling, are encouraged to apply. Given the anticipated polarimetric capabilities of DKIST, candidates with interest and experience in the interpretation of spectropolarimetric measurements, including spectropolarimetric inversions, the quantum mechanical underpinnings of the polarimetric signals, precision polarimetric measurement, plasma diagnostics, and the interpretation of scattering polarization to access the unexplored regime of weak magnetic fields in the cosmos, are of particular interest.

The appointment aims to extend the scientific impact of DKIST by bringing critical expertise into the university environment, engaging in NSO/CU research collaborations, mentoring students, and teaching in the classroom at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Additionally, the successful candidate will participate in the Hale Collaborative Graduate Education Program (COLLAGE) in solar and space physics, which aims to use telepresence technology to bring students and faculty from different campuses together for research and classroom learning.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage broadly with the Boulder solar and space physics community, outlining their plans at the time of application. We anticipate that the position may appeal to a range of scientists: early-career scientists eager to gain experience in research and teaching or later-career scientists interested in sharing their experiences with students in the academic environment. The appointment will thus range from the Assistant Professor level to the untenured Associate Professor level, depending on prior experience.

The construction of the DKIST and the relocation of the NSO headquarters to the Boulder campus provide a unique opportunity. The DKIST will achieve unprecedented high-resolution observations of solar photospheric, chromospheric and coronal magnetic fields, and the University of Colorado Boulder and surrounding research institutions will provide a rich teaching and research environment within which to embed NSO activities. The University of Colorado has made significant investments in faculty lines and graduate and undergraduate student fellowships to support these efforts, and within this context, the candidate will be expected to pursue an innovative program of research and graduate and undergraduate education.

In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. We particularly encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a list of publications, and short descriptions of their research and teaching interests and plans, and request that three letters of reference be submitted on their behalf by the application consideration date. The teaching statement should include both an assessment of which courses in the Physics curriculum that the candidate would be prepared and interested in teaching both at the undergraduate and graduate level, ideas for specialized course work suitable to the telepresence environment of the COLLAGE program, and a summary of possible research projects that the candidate is prepared to mentor.

For more information please contact Prof. Dmitri Uzdensky, Search Committee Chair, Department of Physics, UCB-390, Univ. Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309; Review of the applications will begin on January 31, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.


Applicants should hold a PhD and have research and teaching experience commensurate with the appointment level.
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. Alternate formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at:

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Statement of Research Philosophy, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below

Application Materials Instructions:Resume/CV, List of References, Statement of Research Philosophy, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

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

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Dec 15, 2017

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Molly Hand

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00720279


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