Last review date:December 14th, 2018 Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: January 11th, 2019 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.
Assistant Research Physicist - Heliospheric Plasma Physics - Space Sciences Laboratory
The Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a full-time (100%) Assistant Research Physicist with an anticipated start date of January 2019.
About The Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at the University of California, Berkeley: Initiated 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, 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, and the Parker Solar Probe. All have contributed to new discoveries about the physics of space, and initiated marked new advances in engineering technology. http://ssl.berkeley.edu/
Position Description: The Space Sciences Laboratory at UC Berkeley has designed, built, and commissioned instrumentation for the NASA Parker Solar Probe (PSP) mission, to explore the physics of solar wind heating and acceleration. The Assistant Research Physicist will perform original research in support of the PSP mission and measurements, using either theoretical techniques or data analysis or a combination of the two.
The Assistant Research Physicist will engage in independent and collaborative research with both SSL and outside scientists, attend and actively support scientific seminars, workshops, working team meetings and other venues for presentations of results and development of collaborative research relationships, pursue timely publication of research in peer-reviewed journals and pursue additional funding opportunities consistent with existing and future research programs and goals.
The Assistant Research Physicist will:
Lead efforts to analyze and/or interpret PSP scientific data to achieve the objectives of the mission, where prompt publication of results in journals of record is an evaluation criterion for professional advancement.
Support the efforts of the science team and the Science Data Center Lead in the implementation and update of analysis software at the Science Data Center.
Support efforts of the science operations planning & science team to maximize the scientific return of the mission.
Mentor and train undergraduate students, graduate students, and post-docs in the analysis or interpretation of the PSP data.
Contribute to project reports & reviews related to the PSP science data and data center.
Participate in PSP science outreach efforts at UC Berkeley and around the state of California.
Basic Qualifications: PhD or equivalent international degree required at the time of application.
Additional Qualifications (by the start date of the job):
One or more years of postdoctoral experience in heliospheric plasma physics theory or data analysis.
Record of research publications since PhD degree.
PhD in Physics, Astronomy, or Space Science.
Experience with solar wind or space physics satellite data and/or theoretical or computational plasma astrophysics or solar wind physics
Experience in development of scientific data analysis software or computational models and software
Experience or interest in applying for grants or contracts to support new projects.
Salary and Benefits: Starting salary will commensurate with experience.
Initial appointment will be for two years, with the possibility of renewal based on performance and availability of funding.
Applicants should submit Curriculum Vitae including list of publications, statement of research interests, and optional cover letter. Applicants should also request three letters of reference. 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.
Diversity Statement: The Space Sciences Laboratory is interested in candidates who will contribute to the 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: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct (link is external).
Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. including list of publications.
Statement of Research
Cover Letter (Optional)
3-4 letters of reference required
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