Postdoctoral Research Position in Solar Physics

Job Summary

We invite applications for an NSF/NASA-funded postdoctoral position starting June 1 2019 or later. The initial length of appointment is 1 year but has potential to be extended. Application deadline is April 15, 2019 or until filled. The goal is to improve our understanding of solar active region magnetic structure and energy budget before and during solar eruptions. To address this goal the candidate will assist with the development and performance of data-driven numerical simulations of the solar eruptions and will validate these with high quality observations taken with space and ground-based observatories, including the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST), the largest 4-meter solar telescope in the world. This post is a unique opportunity that will bridge expertise of groups with internationally leading competence in areas of data-driven simulations and space and ground-based observations at the National Solar Observatory (headquarters of DKIST), High Altitude Observatory (HAO) and University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley).



The candidate will participate in collaborative and independent solar physics research, present results at scientific meetings and publish articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. A key component of this post will be participation in the NSO Community Science Program activities to become a DKIST Level-2 Ambassador, that includes development and application of DKIST data reduction tools and production of level-2 science data from limited sets of DKIST observations.



  • PhD in Physics, Astronomy, or related field (by the start date).
  • One to three (1-3) years of research experience in solar physics or space plasmas,
  • With at least one (1) first-authored, peer-reviewed article in credited scientific journals.
  • Scientific background in solar physics.
  • Full proficiency in scientific programming with Interactive Data Language (IDL) and/or Python, and C and/or Fortran.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze solar data and/or perform numerical simulations, conduct independent research and collaborate with colleagues, communicate scientific ideas effectively in person and on paper.


Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. 1 Letter of Recommendation (Non-Confidential)

For full consideration please apply by April 15, 2019; the position will remain open until filled thereafter.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs at


Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Colorado Boulder is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including veterans, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or disability.