Assistant Project Scientist in Physics

University of California Berkeley Department of Physics

Assistant Project Scientist - Department of Physics 

Job #JPF02910
  • Physics / College of Letters & Science - Mathematical & Physical Sciences / UC Berkeley

Recruitment Period

Open date: March 10th, 2021

Next review date: Wednesday, Mar 24, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Apr 12, 2021 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

Assistant Project Scientist - Department of Physics - University of California, Berkeley.

The Department of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for two Assistant Project Scientists in the area of experimental particle and nuclear physics. The expected start date is Spring-Summer 2021. This is a full-time, 100% appointment.

As part of the Orebi Gann Research Group in the Physics Department at UC Berkeley, the Assistant Project Scientist will serve as a leadership role in developing the concept for a hybrid optical neutrino detector, capable of using both Cherenkov and scintillation signals for advanced event reconstruction and particle identification. This will involve both technical demonstrations, working with the local CHESS detector and other apparatus to demonstrate the capabilities and properties of advanced scintillators and photon detectors, and development of analysis tools to leverage these capabilities for maximal physics impact. The Assistant Project Scientist will develop new frameworks for advanced simulation studies to probe the physics reach of a range of detector designs. There is also the option for involvement in the SNO+ and AIT/NEO experiments. SNO+ is a multi-purpose neutrino detector, which will soon be filled with liquid scintillator, and offers a rich program of physics in the near future. AIT/NEO will be a water or water-based scintillator detector aimed at demonstrating remote reactor monitoring using antineutrinos.

Job responsibilities will also include the development of new analysis tools, simulation frameworks, and leadership of technical demonstrations. The candidate will be expected to interpret results in light of a range of physics and nonproliferation goals. Additionally, the candidate will take a senior leadership role in the research group, and work with junior members to facilitate their work.

Basic qualifications: (must be met at the time of application):
Ph.D. or equivalent international degree.

Additional qualifications: (must be met by the start date of the job):
Five years of work experience post Ph.D.

Preferred qualifications:
Research in experimental particle or nuclear physics with an emphasis on neutrino experiments and optical detectors. Experience in developing strong working relationships and collaborating with diverse team members.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary range: $70,000 to $74,300 (full-time, 100% rate). Starting salary will be commensurate with experience. For information on UC Benefits, please visit:

This position is in a represented bargaining unit.

To apply, please go to the following link:

This position will remain open until filled.

Please direct questions to Gabriel D. Orebi Gann at
For inquiries of an administrative nature, contact Christy Welden at

Should letters be requested, 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.

Diversity statement:
The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to 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. 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:

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • 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
  • Publications List
Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)
Job location
  • Berkeley, CA