Postdoctoral Scholar in Space Physics

University of California Berkeley

Postdoctoral Scholar- Space Physics Research Group-Space Sciences Laboratory

Job #JPF02987
  • Space Sciences Laboratory / VC Res Organized Rsearch Units / UC Berkeley

Position overview

Salary range: Salary will be commensurate with experience
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: Between May 15, 2021 and September 1, 2021
Position duration: Two years

Application Window

Open date: May 25th, 2021

Next review date: Tuesday, Jun 8, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Jun 28, 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

Established 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 the University of California, 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, MAVEN, Parker Solar Probe, and ICON. All have contributed to new discoveries about the physics of space and initiated marked new advances in instrumentation technology.

The Postdoctoral Scholar will work with Dr. Andrew Poppe in the fields of lunar and small body plasma and exospheric research as part of the LEADER team of NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). The successful applicant will join a dynamic and productive group of researchers investigating solar and magnetospheric plasma interactions with the Moon, asteroids, the moons of Mars, and the outer planet satellites. Research is conducted via both analysis of existing in-situ datasets from missions such as THEMIS-ARTEMIS and MAVEN, and/or via numerical modeling across a broad range of scales.

This position will remain open until filled.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

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

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

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

Preferred qualifications

• Ph.D. in physics, astrophysics, astronomy, planetary science, or a related field
• Hybrid and/or particle-in-cell simulations of plasma interactions with airless bodies; or,
• Analysis of particle and magnetic field data from in-situ observations

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter (Optional)
  • Statement of Research
Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

References will be required of all applicants.

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Job location

Berkeley, CA