Science/Engineering Graduate Research Assistant Opportunity

The University of Colorado’s Laboratory of Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) has an opening for a Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) to support the calibration of the Total Irradiance Monitor (TIM) to fly onboard NASA’s Total Solar Irradiance Sensors 2 (TSIS-2) satellite. TSIS-2 TIM will continue the 43 year continuous data record of Total Solar Irradiance (TSI) measurements from space at unprecedented accuracy, making measurements critical for understanding the Earth’s energy balance and climate, and solar and stellar evolution. The selected GRA will develop a high fidelity thermal model of the TIM detectors using the physics-based COMSOL Multiphysics simulation software. Additionally, the GRA will support the pre-launch calibration and testing of the flight TIM instrument.

Qualified candidates will be seeking a Master’s degree in a relevant engineering, space-science or geoscience discipline with a strong interest in spaceborne sensor development. The position is for a 100% graduate appointment for 2 years, including summers, dependent on performance. Preference will be given to students who intend to focus their Master’s thesis topic on the TIM sensor thermal model, but non-thesis track students are encouraged to apply. Motivated PhD students interested in remote sensing and/or solar, space and atmospheric physics should also apply, as there are potential pathways to a PhD dissertation topic and research funding beyond this project.

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) is a world-renowned space science research institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder on east campus.  The in-house engineering group partners with LASP scientists to design and manufacture space-based and suborbital instruments and small spacecraft for LASP and partner institutions. LASP has developed scientific instrumentation for twelve deep-space missions, fifteen Earth-orbiting missions, 200 sub-orbital rocket flights and over 20 airborne experiments.


Applications for this position will be accepted until filled. Please submit an application package to that includes the following: (1) Statement of Interest, (2) Resume/CV, (3) 2 letters of recommendation, and (4) undergraduate/graduate transcripts (an unofficial copy is sufficient). Please direct any questions about this position to Dr. Ed Thiemann at


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.