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Assistant Research Physicist -Space Sciences Laboratory, UC Berkeley

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Research Physicist
Salary range: The UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the following table(s) for the current salary scale(s) for this position: The current base salary range for this position is $83,300 –$108,900. "Off-scale" salaries, which yield compensation that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: 6/1/2023
Position duration: Two years, with possibility of renewal

Application Window

Open date: March 30, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 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: Sunday, Dec 31, 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 Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at the University of California, Berkeley, seeks applicants for the position of Assistant Research Physicist for investigations of the near-Mars plasma environment, including the interaction of the ionosphere and remnant crustal magnetic fields with the solar wind and solar storms, as well as the associated atmospheric loss. The work involves ongoing in flight calibration, cross calibration, and science operations for plasma instrumentation aboard the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) mission, which has been in orbit around Mars since 2014. The successful candidate will be involved in national and international collaborations and will also be expected to present their results at national and international conferences as well as publish their results in leading journals. Expertise in space plasma instrumentation and operations will be highly beneficial.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A PhD or equivalent international degree.

Preferred qualifications
  • Knowledge of space plasma physics
  • Experience in space plasma instrumentation
  • Experience in data analysis, and scientific interpretation of space plasma physics data
  • Ability to perform independent research
  • Expertise in scientific programming, such as IDL, Matlab, Python
  • Effective communication skills
  • PhD or equivalent international degree in Space Physics or a related field.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research - 2-3 page statement of research interests and future plans.

  • 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 (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Letters of reference will only be required of

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Campus Information

UC Berkeley is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The excellence of the institution requires an environment in which the diverse community of faculty, students, and staff are welcome and included. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skill related to ensuring equity and inclusion in the activities of their academic position (e.g., teaching, research, and service, as applicable).

The University of California, Berkeley 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:

In searches when letters of reference are 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 letter.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Berkeley, CA