Professional Research Assistant – Video Editor


Professional Research Assistant – Video Editor

Requisition Number: 56018

Location: Boulder Colorado

Employment Type: Research Faculty

Schedule: Part Time

Posting Close Date:

Date Posted:

Job Summary

The Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder encourages applications for a Professional Research Assistant to support a NASA-funded project titled “Explorations: Science through Shadows.” This is a 3-year,75% time position for a digital media artist to produce NASA science education short videos. Full dome (planetarium format) and rectangular-media videos on the “Science through Shadows” grant will be produced and distributed throughout the World. We seek an individual who is creative, self-motivated, dedicated, and willing to wear all hats of production. This grant continues a previous one, “Explorations,” whose short videos may be seen here: ( Fiske videos are now playing in over 250 planetariums worldwide. 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

Fiske Planetarium is a science and education center with a 65-foot dome seating over 200 audience members. The resolution of our digital theater is 8K-x-8K at 60 frames per second. Fiske annually serves roughly 80,000 people each year in person, including 6,000 CU students and 18,000 K-12 students from throughout Colorado. Fiske also has a production studio that includes six state-of-the art workstations for use in video editing and animation. Housed within the Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences Department, Fiske also works closely with other academic departments throughout CU Boulder.

The Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences hosts one of the largest astronomy programs in the country, with over 250 undergraduates, roughly 50 graduate students, and over 25 faculty in a diverse range of astronomy fields. The department is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, with a commitment to teaching and learning that emphasizes hands-on learning, exploration, and inquiry. The college is pursuing initiatives that transcend disciplinary boundaries, encourage teaching through research/creative work, and engage the world.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Work with a team of astronomers, educators, and other creative artists to support production of full dome (planetarium format) and rectangular media science education videos focusing on the topics of eclipses and occultations.
  • This will include collaborative script writing, storyboarding, animatic creation, animation, video editing, and post-production.
  • Assist with promotion and dissemination of educational materials and videos through creation of multimedia assets.
  • Work with and mentor students from collaborating institutions who will be assisting with some video development.
  • Meet regularly and collaborate as an active member of the Fiske staff and support related activities and projects at Fiske Planetarium.

What You Should Know

  • Due to the nature, scope and size of the data, ideally the primary position is located in the production studio at Fiske Planetarium at least 3 days a week, with limited options for remote work. However, there is a possibility of the position being filled as a fully remote position.
  • The production artist will be required to independently lift heavy equipment in field work situations and is required to climb flights of stairs and operate in extreme outdoor environments.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this 75% appointment is $48,750 – $56,250 annually.


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 ( .

Be Statements

Be collaborative. Be impactful. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • A Bachelor’s Degree.

What You Will Need

  • 3-7 Years in 3D animation, Video Production, Photography, Digital Media development.
  • Proficiency in 3D animation, rendering and compositing.
  • Knowledge of video production, editing and delivery.
  • Production planning, budgeting, shot development and creative storytelling.
  • Previous full-dome or VR/360 production experience is preferred, but not required.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Website or Digital Link to Portfolio of Applicants Production
  4. Optional: Official Transcripts/ Proof of Degree

During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references who will be contacted to provide letters of recommendation if needed, as the search progresses.

For Full consideration, please apply by Wednesday, May 15th. The position will remain posted until filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs. (

To apply, visit (

Copyright 2024 Inc. All rights reserved.

Posted by the FREE value-added recruitment advertising agency (


The University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, pregnancy, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.