KU Mars Postdoc

Job Summary

The Emirates Mars Mission (EMM) science team and Khalifa University (KU) encourages applications for up to five postdoctoral research fellowship positions. Our team seeks candidates interested in spacecraft observations and models of the Martian atmosphere (including the upper atmosphere) relevant to EMM observations. EMM will launch in July 2020 and arrive at Mars in early 2021 and carries an imaging system with several visible and UV bandpasses (EXI), a thermal IR spectrometer (EMIRS), and a UV imaging spectrometer (EMUS). Please direct any questions related to this posting to

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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 academic research institute to have sent instruments to all eight planets and Pluto.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

Postdocs will split their time each year between a host institution affiliated with the EMM science team (University of Colorado Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, UC Berkeley Space Sciences Lab, Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Space Sciences Institute, Virginia Tech, and Laboratoire de Météorologie Dynamique in Paris), and KU in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. While at KU the postdocs will continue their EMM research and participate in the formation of a new space science and technology center. It is anticipated that one or more of the postdocs may be able to transition to a tenure-track faculty position at KU during or after the postdoc period.

Examples of science topics that postdocs may pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Thermal structure of the lower Martian atmosphere.
  • Clouds and aerosols in the Martian atmosphere.
  • Atmospheric variability on diurnal, daily, and seasonal timescales.
  • Vertical transport in the Martian atmosphere.
  • Structure and composition of the Martian thermosphere.
  • The hydrogen and oxygen exosphere of Mars.
  • Thermal and photochemical escape from the Martian atmosphere.
  • General Circulation Modeling of the Martian atmosphere (including upper atmosphere).

What You Should Know

The fellowship is initially for two years and renewable for up to one additional year.

What We Can Offer

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.

Be Dynamic. Be Impactful. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • A Ph.D. in planetary science, atmospheric physics, or a related field by the end of May 2020.

Special Application Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
1. Resume/CV
2. Cover Letter
3. List of References: Contact information for 3 references.

Review of applications will begin on May 23rd and will continue until the position is filled.
Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.
Posting Contact Name: Search Committee

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