Job ID: 131204

Assistant Research Physicist - Space Sciences Laboratory

University of California, Berkeley

  • Oct. 10, 2019
  • Assistant Research Physicist - Space Sciences Laboratory
  • N/A
  • University of California, Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA
  • 11/11/2019
  • Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Physics - General
    Astronomy and Astrophysics

Recruitment Period
Open date: October 8th, 2019
Next review date: Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Monday, Nov 11, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

The Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a full-time (100%) Assistant Research Physicist, with an expected start date of November 1, 2019.

Position Description:
The Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) seeks applicants for an Assistant Research Physicist position, specifically in the area of Mars aeronomy, solar wind interaction with the upper atmosphere of Mars, and solar wind plasma physics, with an emphasis on science operations for and data analysis from the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) and the Parker Solar Probe (PSP) missions.
The Assistant Research Physicist will engage in independent and collaborative research, attend and actively support scientific seminars, workshops, working team meetings and other venues for presentations of results and development of collaborative research relationships, vigorously pursue publication of research in peer reviewed journals and pursue additional funding opportunities consistent with existing and future research programs and goals.
The positions will be associated with one or more of the following instruments, developed by our group: the Solar Wind Ion Analyzer (SWIA), the Solar Wind Electron Analyzer (SWEA), the Solar Energetic Particle (SEP), and the SupraThermal and Thermal Ion Composition (STATIC) instruments onboard MAVEN, as well as the Solar Probe ANalyzer (SPAN) ion and electron sensors onboard PSP.

Basic qualifications (at time of application):
-PhD or equivalent international degree.

Additional qualifications (by start date):
-One or more years of postdoctoral experience.
-Record of research publications since PhD degree.

Preferred qualifications:
-PhD in physics, astronomy or equivalent international degree.
-Two years of postdoctoral experience in aeronomy, solar wind and space plasma physics.
-Familiarity with the physics of the solar wind acceleration and interactions with planetary atmospheres, pickup ions, atmospheric escape from planets (i.e. Mars and Venus) and model-data comparisons of the planet-solar wind interaction is desirable.
-In-house data analysis software is written in IDL, so IDL experience is preferable and experience with data processing and use and production of CDF files.
-Analytical and programming skills.

Starting salary will be commensurate with experience.

To apply, please go to the following link: Applicants should request 3 letters of recommendation required; two 2 optional (5 total).

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

The position will remain open until filled.

Please direct questions to Davin Larson at

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:
Job location Berkeley, CA Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. which includes list of publications
  • Cover Letter (Optional)
  • Statement of Research (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

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