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Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Solar-Heliospheric Physics Research Group (UCB/SSL)

Position overview

Salary range: Salary will commensurate with experience.
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: Jan 2023
Position duration: 2 years

Application Window

Open date: October 31, 2022

Most recent review date: Friday, Dec 2, 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: Tuesday, Feb 28, 2023 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 Solar and Heliospheric Physics Research Group at the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory is seeking a candidate to fill one full-time (100%) Postdoctoral position under the general supervision of Dr. Christina Lee. The successful candidate will collaborate with Dr. Lee and the project team members to investigate the role of magnetic connectivity to interplanetary shocks (e.g., driven by coronal mass ejections, CMEs) in determining the large longitudinal extents of solar energetic particle (SEPs) events observed from multiple vantage points throughout the inner heliosphere. A combination of analysis of existing in-situ data sets and remote observations and data-driven modeling will be used to carry out the investigation.

The ideal candidate will have skills and/or experience with

  • multi-spacecraft data analysis of quiescent solar wind, CME, SIR, and SEP event intervals from in-situ observations (e.g., ACE, GOES, STEREO-A, ACE, PSP, Solar Orbiter, BepiColombo, MAVEN, etc.)

  • remote sensing data analysis of multiwavelength solar disk and coronagraph data

  • 3D MHD simulations of solar wind and CME propagation using coupled solar corona-solar wind models (e.g., Wang-Sheeley-Arge (WSA) + ENLIL, EUFORIA, Gamera, etc.)

  • modeling transport of solar energetic particles

  • programming and utilizing software tools in IDL, Matlab, or Python


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 3-years post PhD research experience
Preferred qualifications
  • Ph.D. in physics, astrophysics, space science, or a closely related field.

Application Requirements

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

  • Statement of Research

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • 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

  • Publication List (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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Job location

Berkeley, CA