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Junior Specialist - The Radio Astronomy Lab
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Oct. 10, 2023
Title Junior Specialist - The Radio Astronomy Lab
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department The Radio Astronomy Lab
Application Deadline 10/08/2024
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

Junior Specialist - The Radio Astronomy Lab

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Specialist
Salary range: The UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the following table for the current salary scale(s) for this position: []. A reasonable estimate for this position is $51,300-$59,200.

Percent time: 100

Anticipated start: 11/1/2023

Position duration: Initial appointment is a one-year term; reappointment is dependent upon performance, programmatic need, and budget.

Application Window
Open date: October 9, 2023

Most recent review date: Tuesday, Apr 30, 2024 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: Tuesday, Oct 8, 2024 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 Radio Astronomy Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a Junior Specialist in radio astronomy instrumentation and data analysis, directed by Professor Aaron Parsons or Dr. David DeBoer. Research in the lab addresses the electromagnetic and radio frequency (RF) system design and analysis, modeling for the design, optimization, use and data analysis of radio telescopes and the resultant data.

The junior specialist will be expected to work collaboratively with a research team to design and model radio frequency systems that meet the specifications to conduct sensitive radio astronomical observations. The candidate will also be assisting with experiment design, data analyses, and the preparation of research for publication. The position may require travel to remote telescopes as well as working in a RF lab with sensitive equipment.


  • Will aid in designing and optimizing RF systems appropriate for sensitive radio astronomical observations.
  • Will be assisting with using RF systems and conducting data analysis and the preparation of research for publication
  • Will be working in a team environment to deploy and conduct observations and analyze data.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Bachelor's degree or equivalent international degree

Preferred qualifications

  • At least 2 years of coursework in astrophysics or electrical engineering
  • A strong background in programming and software engineering
  • Experience with machine-learning frameworks and parameter optimization
  • Experience with GPU programming frameworks
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize work with demanding time-frames
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills to establish and maintain cooperation working with relationships with a multi-diverse campus

Application Requirements

Document requirements

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