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Postdoctoral Scholar - Atomic and Optical Physics - University of California, Berkeley - Department of Physics

Application Window

Open date: February 13th, 2021

Last review date: Thursday, Apr 1, 2021 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, Apr 19, 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

Postdoctoral Scholar – Atomic and Optical Physics - University of California, Berkeley - Department of Physics

The Department of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a Postdoctoral researcher in the area of atomic and optical physics, with extensive experience in modeling and experimental work. This position will be for one year, with the possibility of an extension for a second and third year, depending upon performance and availability of funding. The expected start date is Spring 2021. This is a full-time, 100% appointment.

This position will be in the Atomic Physics group in the Physics Department of UC Berkeley. The group focuses on applications of atomic-physics methods to a broad range of problems in fundamental and applied sciences. The research in this position will be focused on developing novel experimental techniques for remote-detection (for example, using atoms in the upper atmosphere) and laboratory based atomic magnetometry and applications.

Basic qualifications: (Required at the time of application)
Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent international degree or be in the process of obtaining a Ph.D. or equivalent international degree at the time of application.

Additional qualifications: (Required by start date)
Candidates must have obtained their Ph.D. or equivalent international degree by the start date of the job.

Preferred qualifications:
Experience with lasers, optics and electronics; modeling of light-matter interactions.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary range: $53,460 to $64,008 (full-time, 100% annual rate). Starting salary will commensurate with experience.

For information on Postdoctoral Scholar benefits, please visit Gallagher Benefit Services:

This position is in a represented bargaining unit.

To apply, please go to the following link:

This position will remain open until filled.

Please direct questions to Prof. Dmitry Budker, at
For inquiries of an administrative nature, contact Christy Welden at

Should letters be requested, 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.

Diversity statement:
The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to 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. It is the policy of the University not to engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with the University of California on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • 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

Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)

Job location

Berkeley, CA