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Tenure Track Position in Planetary Science

University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, Colorado
The annual salary range for this position is $100,000-$128,000.
Closing date
Jan 8, 2023

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The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position to start in August 2023 in the general field of planetary science. The opening is targeted at the level of Assistant Professor, but experienced candidates with appropriate credentials will be considered for an Associate Professor appointment. Depending on the background and teaching interest, the successful candidate would also be affiliated with one of the following academic departments at CU:

  • Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences
  • Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
  • Physics
  • Geological Sciences
  • Aerospace Engineering Sciences

The successful candidate will be expected to teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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’s vision is to maintain world-leadership status in identifying and addressing key questions in planetary science, space physics, solar influences, and atmospheric science. Mission Statement: LASP seeks continuously to maintain and improve the capability to pursue key science questions using experimental, laboratory, theoretical, and information systems approaches. LASP is dedicated to building and maintaining a unique synergism of expertise in space science, engineering, and spacecraft operations. Through research projects, LASP participates actively in the training of the future leaders of space research and helps the University of Colorado to educate students with valued technical and scientific skills. The progressive development and use of innovative technologies and continuing participation in new research initiatives will help ensure a strong leadership role for LASP into the future. At LASP, we are committed to creating an environment that is respectful and inclusive. We believe this is fundamental to enabling peak creativity, innovation, and curiosity. Our unique individual experiences and points of view drive discovery. We strive to advance equity and inclusion and to educate the next generation of diverse leaders in space research. Further information about LASP can be found here:

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Research, teaching and service in planetary sciences.
  • Areas of interest include: Research approaches from remote sensing, to instrument development, to space missions, to laboratory studies and to theory, addressing research targets both within our solar system and exoplanets, and applying fields such as atmospheric science, planetary geology, astrobiology, geophysics, space environments, dynamics, etc.

What You Should Know

  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.
  • As part of the University of Colorado Boulder’s deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, the campus has implemented a reference check pilot program with respect to final candidates for tenured faculty appointments. The reference check pilot program is intended to allow CU Boulder to collect and review information about a candidate's conduct at their current and previous institutions, specifically conduct related to sexual misconduct, harassment, and/or discrimination – before making hiring decisions. All final candidates for tenured faculty appointments are required to complete an Authorization to Release Information. 

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this position is $100,000-$128,000. We offer a generous retirement plan that includes 200% matching for the first 5% contributed with immediate vesting. Relocation assistance is available per institute guidelines.


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

  • Applicants should have a PhD in Planetary Sciences, Physics, Astrophysics or related areas.

Special Instructions

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

To apply, please submit the following materials through CU Boulder Jobs at: 

  1. Resume or CV.
  2. Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee briefly describing your qualifications, professional goals, and specific interest in this position.
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  4. Statement of Research Philosophy
  5. Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Applications submitted by November 28, 2022 will receive full consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

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