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Postdoctoral Scholar Astrobiology Planetary Science Research Group - Space Sciences Laboratory
University of California Berkeley


Date Posted Jan. 8, 2021
Title Postdoctoral Scholar Astrobiology Planetary Science Research Group - Space Sciences Laboratory
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department
Application Deadline 2/15/2021
Position Start Date Available immediately
 
 
  • Post-Doc
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
    Chemistry - Analytical
 
 


Postdoctoral Scholar Astrobiology Planetary Science Research Group - Space Sciences Laboratory



The Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) and the Chemistry Department at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a full-time (100%) Postdoctoral Scholar with a preferred appointment start date between March 1, 2021 and July 1, 2021.

Initial appointment will be for one (1) year, with renewal based on performance and availability of funding.

About The Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) and Chemistry Department 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, science researchers, 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 Van Allen Probes, Cluster, IMAGE, THEMIS, MAVEN and Parker Solar Probe; and analyses of cosmic samples from Genesis and Stardust missions, and meteorite collections. ssl.berkeley.edu

The top ranked Berkeley Chemistry Department provides a stimulating high-level science environment in all areas of modern chemistry. Superb analytical and instrumental support is also available along with high quality shops and micro and nanofabrication facilities. SSL and the Berkeley Chemistry Department have a history of collaboration dating back to the Mariner probes that provide the first chemical data on the Martian surface and atmosphere.

The Astrobiology - Planetary Science research group is a joint collaboration between Space Sciences Lab and Chemistry Department to develop instrumentation and methods to detect evidence of life in the solar system. eoa.ssl.berkeley.edu

Position Description:
The successful applicant will work under the direction of Dr. Anna Butterworth (SSL) and Prof. Richard Mathies (Chemistry) on the development and optimization of instruments and methods for the detection of trace organic molecules in solar system exploration. More specifically the incumbent will work with a team of engineers, chemists and astrobiologists at Berkeley on a microfluidic capillary electrophoresis analyzer that is the analytical core of the Enceladus Organic Analyzer (EOA) and the Microfluidic Organic Analyzer for Biosignatures (MOAB) instruments. The objective of these instruments is to sensitively probe for bioorganic molecules, especially amino acids, that are indicative of extraterrestrial life in various solar system locations. The successful applicant will join a dynamic and productive group of engineers and scientists focused on developing flight capable instruments and methods for space missions with the goal of detecting extraterrestrial life at Enceladus, Europa, Mars and other likely solar system bodies and locations. This work will be conducted jointly at the Space Sciences Lab and Chemistry Department at UC Berkeley.

Basic qualifications (at time of application):

  • PhD( or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a PhD( or equivalent international degree) program


Additional Qualification ( by start date of position):

  • PhD or equivalent international degree required by the start date.
  • No more than three (3) years of post-degree research experience by start date


Preferred Qualifications:
  • Ph. D. in chemistry, analytical chemistry, astrobiology, or a related field.
  • Skills and/or experience of particular interest include:
  • Quantitative analysis of high-resolution chromatographic separations especially by capillary electrophoresis (CE) and/or microchip CE
  • Instrumental analysis with a focus on instrument and technique development
  • Experience with high sensitivity analysis of trace analytes, evidenced by publications or coursework.


This position reports to Anna Butterworth and Richard Mathies depending on the availability of funds. Initial appointment will be for one (1) year, with renewal based on performance and availability of funding. Salary will be commensurate with experience.This position is in a represented bargaining unit.

To apply, please go to the following link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF02533

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 (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

Please direct questions to Anna Butterworth butterworth@berkeley.edu and Richard Mathies ramathies@berkeley.edu.

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:
http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

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