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Postdoctoral Scholar – NuSTAR – Space Sciences Laboratory

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 22nd, 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: Monday, Dec 23, 2019 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 Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a full-time (100%) Postdoctoral Scholar Employee to join the NuSTAR science team, with an expected start date between February 2020 and September 2020.

The Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) invites applications for a postdoctoral research position to work with data from the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) high-energy X-ray telescope (see The primary research topic will be science relating to Galactic high-energy X-ray sources (e.g., black hole and neutron star X-ray binaries, massive stars, cataclysmic variables, pulsars, and supernova remnants). The successful candidate will be a member of the NuSTAR science team and will work with the Galactic surveys and X-ray binaries working groups as well as potentially being involved in current NuSTAR projects such as studies of serendipitous sources, applying high-density reflection models to black hole spectra, and the stray light project, depending on the applicants experience or interest.

Basic qualifications (at time of application):
-PhD or enrolled in PhD or equivalent international degree program.

Additional qualifications (by start date):
-PhD or equivalent international degree.

Preferred qualifications:
-PhD or equivalent international degree in physics, astronomy, or a closely related field.
-No more than (3) years of research experience since obtaining PhD or equivalent international degree.
-Experience with X-ray data and studies of X-ray source populations or X-ray binaries.

Salary will commensurate with experience.

To apply, please go to the following link: Applicants should request letters of recommendation, three (3) required.

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.

The position will remain open until filled.

Please direct questions to Dr. John Tomsick at

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. including a list of publications.

  • Statement of Research

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required