Job ID: 138629

Assistant Research Physicist - Ionospheric Connection (ICON) Explorer mission - Space Sciences Laboratory

University of California Berkeley

  • Feb. 14, 2020
  • Assistant Research Physicist - Ionospheric Connection (ICON) Explorer mission - Space Sciences Laboratory
  • University of California Berkeley
    Berkeley, CA
  • 3/16/2020
  • Available immediately
  • Faculty Associate
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
    Physics - General

Assistant Research Physicist – Ionospheric Connection (ICON) Explorer mission – Space Sciences Laboratory
Job #JPF02487
VC Res Organized Rsearch Units – Space Sciences Laboratory

Open date: February 12th, 2020

Next review date: Wednesday, Feb 26, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Mar 16, 2020 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 (SSL) at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a full-time (100%) Assistant Research Physicist with an expected start date of August 2020.

About The Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at the University of California, Berkeley:
Built six decades ago, UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) was the realization of NASA’s vision to gather many of the most innovative and dedicated science minds in one place at Berkeley. In the hill above Berkeley, physicists, researchers, biologists, engineers and technicians worked in unison: interacting, learning from one another, leading, challenging and inspiring one another in creating cutting-edge space science instrumentation and conducting top research. Through sixty years of NASA-funded support, their efforts, and those of hundreds of dedicated students and staff, have brought about myriad highlights, such as the space science missions of S3-3, ISEE, Polar, Van Allen Probes, Cluster, IMAGE, THEMIS and MAVEN . All have contributed to new discoveries about the physics of space, and initiated marked new advances in engineering technology.

Position Description:
The Assistant Research Physicist will perform research in upper atmospheric or ionospheric physics with emphasis towards modeling of the interaction of atmospheric waves within these regions. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct original research, likely utilizing data from the upcoming NASA Ionospheric Connection Explorer Mission ( to resolve questions about the strong variability in Earth’s space environment driven by forcing from below. ICON is a NASA Explorer mission, developed and managed by the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley with key support from several partner institutions. ICON will explore the boundary between Earth and space to understand the physical connection between our atmosphere and our space environment.

The Assistant Research Physicist will engage in independent and collaborative research with both SSL and outside personnel, attend and actively support scientific seminars, workshops, working team meetings and other venues for presentations of results and development of collaborative research relationships, pursue timely publication of research in peer-reviewed journals and pursue additional funding opportunities consistent with existing and future research programs and goals.

Assistant Research Physicist will:

  • Lead efforts to analyze and interpret ICON scientific data to achieve the objectives of the mission, where prompt publication of results in journals of record is an evaluation criterion for professional advancement.
  • Learn and understand ICON science operations processes and contribute to science operations and planning efforts.
  • Support the efforts of ICON science team and the Science Data Center Lead in the implementation and update of analysis software at the ICON Science DataCenter.
  • Coordinate efforts of the science operations planning & science team to maximize the scientific return of the mission.
  • Train ICON personnel (students and post-docs) in the analysis of the ICONdataset.
  • Contribute to project reports & reviews related to the ICON science data and data center.
  • Participate in ICON science outreach efforts at Berkeley and around the state of California.

Basic Qualifications:

PhD or equivalent international degree required at the time of application.
Additional Qualifications (required by start date of the job):

Minimum 1 year of postdoctoral experience in collection, calibration or analysis of data from scientific instrumentation in space.
Record of research publications since PhD degree.
Preferred Qualifications:

PhD in Physics, Astronomy, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science.
Experience with upper atmosphere or space physics satellite data and ionosphere numerical models.
Experience in software development and deployment in scientific data analysis pipelines.
Prior experience applying for grants or contracts to support new projects.
Experience developing new projects including scientific instruments, hardware, or analysis tools.
Salary and Benefits:
Starting salary will be commensurate with experience.

Initial appointment will be for two years, with the possibility of renewal based on performance and availability of funding.

The university provides a comprehensive benefits program which offers Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and AD&D Insurance, Short-Term Disability Insurance and Long-Term Disability Insurance. For a complete guide on UC Health Benefits for staff, please visit:…

To apply, please visit:

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.

Please address inquires to Dr. Thomas Immel at

Diversity Statement:
The Space Sciences Laboratory is interested in candidates who will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.

Family Friendly Statement:
UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs to support employees as they balance work and family.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of the University not to engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with the University of California on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Document requirements
Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.

Statement of Research Interest

Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to

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