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Postdoctoral Scholar–High Energy Solar Physics - Space Sciences Laboratory

Position overview

Salary range: Salary is commensurate with experience.
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: Fall 2021
Position duration: Two years

Application Window

Open date: July 8th, 2021

Last review date: Friday, Jul 23, 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, Aug 9, 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.

The NASA Gamma-Ray Imager/Polarimeter for Solar flares (GRIPS) payload has been selected for a second Antarctic high altitude balloon flight. GRIPS was designed to do cutting-edge imaging spectro-polarimetry of solar flares in hard X-rays and gamma-rays. The key technologies are cryocooler-cooled germanium strip detectors (forming a wide-field Compton telescope) and an imaging grid. High-altitude ballooning teams tend to be small, giving team members the possibility of getting involved in a wide swath of space hardware: flight computers, control systems, various sensors and electronics, thermal engineering, communications, and of course, next generation scientific instrumentation and data analysis. With ample support from our experienced team of scientists and engineers, we are particularly interested in someone willing to take the lead role in spectrometer assembly, care, calibration, flight operations, and data analyses. The GRIPS-2 project will last three to four years. The successful applicant is expected to present their work annually at the SSL seminar, publish and present their results at international scientific meetings, assist in or lead writing research and/or rocket/balloon/spacecraft instrument or mission proposals, and be willing to travel to Antarctica for a campaign lasting two to three months.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    PhD (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a PhD (or equivalent international degree) program.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

    • PhD (or equivalent international degree).
    • No more than two years of post-degree research experience by start date.

Preferred qualifications

    • Semiconductor detector operations
    • Experience with space-rated hardware
    • High energy solar physics or high energy astrophysics research experience

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research

Reference requirements
  • 2 letters of reference required

Letters of recommendation will be required of all candidates.

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Job location

Berkeley, CA