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Space Plasma Physics Postdoctoral Researcher

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) develops, designs, and builds instruments and spacecraft for space-based observations of the Sun, Earth, and planets. LASP has built instruments and participated in missions to every planet in the solar system. LASP manages the financial aspects for over 170 active grants and contracts, from proposal through award.

The Space Plasma Group at the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), University of Colorado, Boulder (CU), is seeking candidates for a RS­I (post­doctoral) position. Research duties include analysis of Parker Solar Probe data to study near­Sun solar wind plasma phenomena and analysis of magnetospheric mission data (MMS, Van Allen Probes) to study plasma wave phenomena near Earth. These projects focus on plasma wave­particle interactions and kineticscale plasma physics.

Who We Are
The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) began in 1948, a decade before NASA. We are the world’s only research institute to have sent instruments to all eight planets and Pluto.

LASP combines all aspects of space exploration through our expertise in science, engineering, mission operations, and scientific data analysis. As part of CU, LASP also works to educate and train the next generation of space scientists, engineers and mission operators by integrating undergraduate and graduate students into working teams. Our students take their unique experiences with them into government or industry, or remain in academia to continue the cycle of exploration.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Analyze insitu particle and fields data from NASA spacecraft, with emphasis on Parker Solar Probe.
  • Conduct space plasma research and author peer­-reviewed publications based on this data analysis effort.
  • Participate in conferences to present scientific findings.
  • Develop independent research and seek to obtain funding through competitive proposals.
  • Analyze insitu particle and fields data from NASA spacecraft, with emphasis on Parker Solar Probe.
  • Conduct space plasma research and author peer-­reviewed publications based on this data analysis effort.
  • Participate in conferences to present scientific findings.
  • Develop independent research and seek to obtain funding through competitive proposals.

Benefits
The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

What We Require

  • Knowledge and understanding of plasma physics,
  • Ability to conduct data analysis on in­situ particle and fields data from spacecraft,
  • Experience with IDL, Matlab, Python or equivalent coding language for data analysis and plotting,

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience with solar wind and/or terrestrial magnetospheric plasma physics (magnetotail, plasma sheet, radiation belts, etc.).
  • Experience with Van Allen Probes, THEMIS, MMS or similar space mission data analysis.
  • Experience writing articles for peer reviewed scientific journals.

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter:  should outline the experience that the applicant has with respect space mission data analysis and wave­particle interaction physics, as well as the applicant’s broader research goals.
  3. Reference Letter (Non Confidential)
  4. Proof of Degree

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

Please apply at: https://jobs.colorado.edu/jobs/JobDetail/Space-Plasma-Physics-Postdoctoral-Researcher/19517?

For more information, please contact: David.Malaspina@lasp.colorado.edu