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Assistant Project Scientist - Theoretical Astrophysics Center

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 2nd, 2019
Last review date: Friday, Nov 15, 2019 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: Thursday, Jan 2, 2020 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.


The Theoretical Astrophysics Center (TAC) at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for the TAC Assistant Project Scientists, starting in the summer or fall of 2020. These are full time positions. Under supervision of senior faculty, the Project Scientists are expected to carry out independent research on topics of their choosing in theoretical astrophysics, cosmology or planetary science. Applicants are expected to have demonstrated clear research leadership in their field with a demonstrated track record of leading publications and talks at international conferences. In addition to being considered for positions at Berkeley, applicants will also be considered for positions in stellar and time-domain astrophysics joint between Berkeley, Caltech, and KITP.

Applicants that will have three years or less of postdoctoral research experience by the start date (Summer or Fall of 2020) will be considered for Postdoctoral positions, and should apply to:

Current senior members of the TAC include Jon Arons, Eugene Chiang, Joanne Cohn, Wick Haxton, Daniel Kasen, Richard Klein, Chung-Pei Ma, Philip Marcus, Christopher McKee, Burkhard Militzer, Eliot Quataert, Uros Seljak, and Martin White. Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to interact with the broad spectrum of researchers in the Berkeley Astronomy Department and with other experimental and theoretical programs in the neighboring Physics Department, Space Sciences Laboratory, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Additional information on the TAC can be found at the following url:

Basic/Minimum Qualification (at the time of application): PhD or equivalent international degree

Additional qualifications (required by start date): Minimum 3 years of postdoctoral research experience

Preferred qualifications: A PhD in any of the following fields: theoretical astrophysics, cosmology, planetary science, exoplanets, plasma physics, star and/or galaxy formation, compact objects, stars and supernovae. Previous theoretical research, degree and/or specialization is required, including a track record of published lead-author papers. Applicants are expected to have demonstrated clear research leadership in their field with a strong track record of leading publications and talks at international conferences.

Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with experience.

The university provides a comprehensive benefits program which offers Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and AD&D Insurance, Short-Term Disability Insurance and Long-Term Disability Insurance. UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family. For a complete guide on UC Health Benefits for staff, please see:

Applicants should also request three letters of recommendation. The position is open until filled.

Please submit applications electronically at

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.

For questions contact Emily Martinez,

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:

Job location

Berkeley, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Publication list

  • Statement of research interest and plans

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required