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Assistant Researcher-Space Plasma Physics-Space Sciences Laboratory

Position overview

Salary range: Commensurate with experience
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: Fall 2022
Position duration: Two years with reappointment for an additional two years based on performance:

Application Window

Open date: August 23, 2022

Most recent review date: Thursday, Sep 22, 2022 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, Oct 31, 2022 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

The Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at the University of California, Berkeley, seeks applicants for an Assistant Researcher position in space plasma physics. SSL has a long history of developing and operating space instruments and full missions and seeks to hire the next generation of scientists and engineers to continue this legacy of research in space, to advance our current capabilities and to take advantage of numerous recent developments in space science and technology that enable new scientific discoveries. SSL currently seeks energetic, independent and qualified candidates to work on space plasma theory and data analysis of various spacecraft missions.

The successful candidate will pursue studies involving observations from Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS), Wind, Artemis, and Parker Solar Probe. The specific research projects concern analysis of wave-particle interactions and nonlinear dynamics of waves and coherent structures in various regions of the near-Earth space. Specific environments of interest include the solar wind, Earth’s bow shock and Earth’s magnetosphere (inner magnetosphere, magnetopause and plasma sheet). The intended research will involve analyses of electric and magnetic field spectra and waveforms, as well as associated analyses of particle observations and the interpretation of these through theoretical models and numerical simulations where appropriate. The successful candidate will present results from their efforts at domestic and international meetings, and collaborate with the science working groups of the associated spaceflight missions. Experience in the analysis of space-borne fields and particle instrumentation is required and familiarity with the SPEDAS analysis software suite is an advantage. It is preferable if the candidate is acquainted with the study of waves and coherent structures in space plasma.

Applicants with experience of spacecraft data analysis and publishing science results using observations from heliophysics or Earth’s magnetosphere are especially encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities include:
•Analyze plasma (ions and electrons) and magnetic and electric field measurements of MMS, Wind, Artemis, and PSP
•Develop theoretical models and carry out test-particle and fluid simulations describing wave-particle interactions, generation of waves and coherent structures in various space plasma environments
•Disseminate new results in peer-reviewed journals and at international conferences.
•Present annually at the SSL Seminar and international and domestic conferences.
•Mentor younger scientists and students
•Prepare science proposals for NASA and NSF


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. or equivalent international degree.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

-Publication list
-3 years of post PhD research experience.

Preferred qualifications

• PhD in physics or astronomy is preferable.
• Comprehensive knowledge of physical processes occurring in space plasmas (solar wind and Earth’s magnetosphere).
• Strong background in data analysis of measurements collected in the space environment.
• Experience in development of test-particle and fluid simulations is desirable, but not necessary.
• Self-motivation and good presentation/communication skills

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
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Berkeley, CA