University of Colorado Postdoctoral Research Position in Solar Physics in Boulder, Colorado

Postdoctoral Research Position in Solar Physics

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Boulder, Colorado

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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).

Who We Are

The mission of the National Solar Observatory is to advance knowledge of the Sun, both as an astronomical object and as the dominant external influence on Earth, by providing forefront observational opportunities to the research community. The mission includes the operation of cutting edge facilities, the continued development of advanced instrumentation both in-house and through partnerships, conducting solar research, and educational and public outreach.

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics ﴾LASP﴿ is a full‐cycle space institute, combining all aspects of space exploration through our expertise in science, engineering, mission operation, data analysis, and education. LASP works heavily with NASA and other governmental agencies, commercial partners, other research laboratories, and institutions of higher learning.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

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.


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.

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What We Require

  • 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.

What You Will Need

  • 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:

  • Resume/CV

  • Cover Letter

  • 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.

Posting Contact Name: Maria Kazachenko

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