Description of Department:

The Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences (APS) at the University of Colorado is affiliated with several research centers and institutes and offers a diverse set of resources for teaching and research, including access to observational, instrumental, and theoretical facilities.  Current planetary faculty members in APS are associated with space flight missions, including Cassini, MESSENGER, MAVEN, Juno, and the Emirates Mars Mission.

Current Job Postings:

Director of Fiske Planetarium 

(Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2016; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.)

The Fiske planetarium is a 210-seat planetarium equipped with a state-of-the-art 8K x 8K digital projection system.  Its current staff has expertise in science education and digital content development, allowing the production of new, professional-quality planetarium content.  Its primary mission is serving the students and faculty of the University of Colorado, in astronomy and other disciplines.  Its secondary mission is serving the public via offerings in the sciences and arts, including an extensive K-12 program.  A number of Fiske productions are nationally and internationally distributed.  The University of Colorado is a national leader in science teaching at the university level.

The Department of Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences (APS) invites applications for the position of Director of the Fiske Planetarium, starting in June 2017.  This is initially a 3-year non-tenure-track appointment with the possibility of renewal thereafter.  The position will be a Senior Instructor position in APS, and will require teaching undergraduate astronomy classes.  The Fiske Director has overall responsibility for the direction of Fiske, and for the management of 8 professional staff and approximately 30 student employees.  The Fiske Director reports to the Chair of APS.  The Director is expected to develop and implement a robust program of science education and public outreach using the planetarium’s technical capabilities and the academic expertise available in the university environment.

Assistant Professor in Planetary Science 

(Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2016; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.)

The Department of Astrophysical & Planetary Sciences invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin August 2017.  The search is open to all areas of planetary science.  Areas of interest to the APS department include giant planets, planetary magnetospheres, icy bodies and the distant outer solar system, ocean worlds, observations of small bodies, the origin and dynamics of the solar system, comparative planetology, planetary evolution, and remote sensing.  This position requires a commitment to teaching in our undergraduate and graduate programs and the ability to develop and conduct an independent research program. Appointment is expected at the Assistant Professor level. Applicants should hold a PhD and have research and teaching experience commensurate with the appointment level.