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Assistant Research Physicist -Space Sciences Laboratory, UC Berkeley
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Nov. 2, 2022
Title Assistant Research Physicist -Space Sciences Laboratory, UC Berkeley
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline 03/31/2023
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Physics - General
    Astronomy and Astrophysics

Assistant Research Physicist -Space Sciences Laboratory, UC Berkeley

Position overview
Salary range: Salary will be commensurate with experience Percent time: 100 Anticipated start: November 2022 to January 2023 Position duration: Two years, with possibility of renewal Application Window

Open date: November 1, 2022

Most recent review date: Monday, Jan 16, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Friday, Mar 31, 2023 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.

Position description

The Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at the University of California, Berkeley, seeks applicants for the position of Assistant Research Physicist for investigations of the magnetic reconnection and shock processes in the near-Earth plasma environment and in the interplanetary space, with possible applications to solar physics. The work involves the analysis of magnetic, electric, and plasma measurements from the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) and THEMIS missions, as well as theoretical/simulation studies to support the data analysis. The successful candidate will be involved in national and international collaborations and will also be expected to present their results at national and international conferences as
well as publish their results in leading journals. Expertise in kinetic plasma simulation and/or analysis of space plasma measurements will be highly beneficial.

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A PhD or equivalent international degree.
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
  • Minimum two years of postdoctoral experience
  • Record of research publications since PhD degree
Preferred qualifications
  • Knowledge of space plasma physics
  • Experience in kinetic plasma simulations
  • Experience in data analysis, and scientific interpretation of space plasma physics data
  • Ability to perform independent research
  • Expertise in scientific programming, such as IDL, Matlab, Python
  • Effective communication skills
  • PhD or equivalent international degree in Space Physics or a related field.
Application Requirements
Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research - 2-3 page statement of research interests and future plans.

  • 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

  • Pulications list (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

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