Undergraduate Astrophysics Communications Coordinator

LASP Astrophysics Group Student Requirements and Job Description

Job Description:
The Astrophysics Division of LASP is seeking an undergraduate research assistant to serve as communications coordinator for the program. This job requires a creative interest in the sciences (especially astronomy), familiarity with web tools (WordPress and Twitter), and an interest in visual communication and media.
The successful applicants will work with the Colorado Ultraviolet Spectroscopy Program (CUSP), a group of more than 30 PhDs, students, and engineers, to lead the development of a public profile for the research group. The communications director should be a person with strong initiative and ability to work independently who will create promotional text and images, such as organizing media in the public areas of LASP and on social media and/or identifying creative means of capturing notable research activities (e.g. overhead drone video of outdoor tests).
The expected weekly commitment is approximately 10 hours per week during the school year, with the possibility of full-time employment during summer. Hours are flexible. Compensation ranges from $14 to $16 per hour, depending on experience.

Specific job functions may include, but are not limited to:
• Maintaining the group’s social media pages, including Twitter and Instagram.
• Supplying relevant and appropriate content for the group’s social media pages.
• Taking photos and/or video of group events. Note that these will be infrequent during the pandemic, and if they occur at all, masks and social distancing will be required.
• Attending bi-weekly group meetings via Zoom to keep up to date with the group’s activities.

Minimum Requirements:
• Demonstrated experience with Twitter and other social media or web platforms
• GPA: 3.0 or higher
• A creative portfolio (consisting of at least one piece of media you have created) demonstrating skill and experience with creating content
• Work Commitments:
o Able to work 10 hours/week during school year, with the possibility of up to 40 hours/week during summer
Not Required, but Preferred:
• Taken at least one science class at CU (preferably an astronomy class), or other demonstrable interest in space science.

How to Apply:
Please visit to learn more about LASP. LASP is a very good training site for future aerospace industry employment. Our students receive job offers from aerospace companies across the United States, many times receiving more than one employment opportunity in this field upon graduation.

Resumes for this position will be accepted until it is filled. Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and creative portfolio via e-mail (preferred) to: Include any coursework or experience you have that directly relates.

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.