Researcher in Heliospheric Plasma Physics

University of California Berkeley

Assistant Research Physicist – Heliospheric Plasma Physics-Parker Solar Probe Mission

Job #JPF02983
  • Space Sciences Laboratory / VC Res Organized Rsearch Units / UC Berkeley

Position overview

Position title:Assistant Research Physicist
Salary range: Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: August 1, 2021
Position duration: Initial appointment will be for two years, with the possibility of renewal based on performance and availability of funding.

Application Window

Open date: May 28th, 2021

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

Final date: Wednesday, Jun 30, 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.

We seek a creative, energetic, and independent early career scientist with expertise in solar and heliospheric plasma physics to join the team at UC Berkeley working on the NASA Parker Solar Probe (PSP) mission. The PSP mission was launched in late 2018 and has made eight solar encounters, producing a world-class set of measurements of the solar wind in the inner heliosphere. Scientists with interests in solar wind kinetics and turbulence and solar wind origins are especially encouraged to apply. The UC Berkeley team plays a lead role on the PSP science and instrumentation team and the successful candidate will also be encouraged to participate in PSP science operations (i.e. helping define instrument operation modes, selecting burst data, organizing observing campaigns). As a university laboratory, the successful candidate will be encouraged to mentor younger scientists and students. The position offers considerable independence and the incumbent will be encouraged to develop their own research interests and collaborations.

The position will remain open until filled.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD or equivalent international degree required at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
    • Minimum two years of postdoctoral experience analyzing and interpreting in situ spacecraft measurements.

    • Record of publications since PhD degree.

Preferred qualifications
    • PhD in Physics, Astronomy, or Space Science

    • Experience with space plasma instrumentation operation and calibration.

    • Interest or experience mentoring young scientists and students.

    • Experience and interest in obtaining external funding.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Research - 3-5 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
  • Publications List
  • Cover Letter (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Letters of reference will only be required of finalist.

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Job location

Berkeley, CA