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Research Associate in Planetary Science

Position Summary

The newly formed Exploration of Planetary Ices and Climates (EPIC) group at the University of Colorado’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) is seeking to fill a research position in planetary geophysics and remote sensing. Candidates at the levels of RS-I and RS-II will be considered.

Research duties include conducting studies of the atmospheres and surfaces of planets and their natural satellites, including Earth’s moon, using data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and/or legacy datasets such as Cassini and Galileo. Candidates with expertise in numerical modeling and simulation of physical phenomena including ice/vapor transport, dynamical processes, or impact cratering are especially encouraged to apply. Studies of exoplanets and exomoons may also be supported.

The CU/LASP EPIC group conducts a diverse research program encompassing data analysis, simulation, and theoretical studies to understand the atmospheres and surfaces of icy planets and moons. The group maintains strong involvement in both active and future NASA planetary missions. The successful candidate will be an integral member of the EPIC group, which consists of students at all levels, and a faculty mentor (Paul Hayne).

Job Duties

Research duties include conducting studies of the atmospheres and surfaces of planets and their natural satellites, including Earth’s moon, using data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and/or legacy datasets such as Cassini and Galileo. Candidates with expertise in numerical modeling and simulation of physical phenomena including ice/vapor transport, dynamical processes, or impact cratering are especially encouraged to apply. Studies of exoplanets and exomoons may also be supported.

Required Qualifications

PhD in planetary science, astronomy/astrophysics, or related discipline.

Desired Qualifications

Computer programming skills, including numerical simulation of physical phenomena.

Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Reference Letters, and unofficial transcript(s) (for those applying directly from graduate school). The cover letter should indicate the proposed research focus area, and outline the contributions that the applicant envisions making to that project. Applicants are encouraged to contact Prof. Paul Hayne (paul.hayne@colorado.edu) for further information and guidance.

Applicants must complete the Faculty/University Staff and EEO Data (application) form, and upload the following required documents: 1 – Curriculum Vitae or Resume 2 – Cover Letter, 3 – Proof of Degree, 4 – Letter of Recommendation.

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. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting Human Resources at adacoordinator@colorado.edu.

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To apply, please click here: https://jobs.colorado.edu/jobs/JobDetail/?jobId=13406