Research Associate

Boulder, CO
May 16, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk (GOLD) Postdoc

Position Summary:

A postdoctoral position is available at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics LASP. The duration of the appointment is 1 years, with the possibility of renewal. The successful candidate will perform research on assimilating data from the GOLD mission as well as data from satellite and ground-based observations of the space environment to address the science goals of the mission gold web site address, submit the results of the research to refereed journals, and present results at scientific meetings.

Job Duties:

The successful candidate will be working with data from the Global-scale Observations of the Limb and Disk GOLD mission, a NASA mission of opportunity hosted on the SES-14 satellite, to examine the global-scale behavior of the Earth's thermosphere and ionosphere in response to the forcing from above, by the Sun, and from below, by the lower atmosphere of the Earth. The goal is to advance understanding of the spatial and temporal changes in the neutral atmosphere at the boundary between Earth's atmosphere and space and the Earth's ionosphere. The successful applicant will be working with Dr. Mihail Codrescu at NOAA's SWPC and Dr. Richard Eastes at LASP. LASP is located at the University of Colorado in Boulder. The area provides abundant opportunities for scientific collaborations.


Required Qualifications:

Applicants who have a PhD and strong computer science skills as well as an interest in modeling of the Earth's space environment are encouraged to apply. The applicant must have completed a Ph.D. in physics, atmospheric physics, or a relevant field, within five years of the application date. The successful candidate should demonstrate a strong background in computational physics or the physics of the Earth's space environment especially ionospheric/thermospheric physics. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written are important, and the applicant must speak and write English fluently.

Desired Qualifications:

Experience in the physical sciences or engineering, especially experience working with atmospheric models or large data sets is desirable. Also desirable is a PhD in Atmospheric Science, Space Physics, or a related field, with strong data assimilation/analysis and programming skills.

Special Instructions to Applicants: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 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 require 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 - Curriculum Vitae 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 4 - Document 1: Letter of Recommendation This position is eligible for medical, dental and life insurance, retirement benefits programs, and is eligible for monthly vacation and sick leave accruals.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Boulder

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

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: May 15, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Freya

Posting Contact Email: Olson

Position Number: 00746382


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