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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: 7/1/2023
Position duration: Two years, with possibility of renewal

Application Window

Open date: April 25, 2023

Most recent review date: Thursday, Aug 31, 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, Mar 31, 2024 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, is seeking applications for an Assistant Research Physicist to work on a CubeSat project focused on investigating particle acceleration and high-energy processes in solar flares and other eruptive phenomena in the high solar atmosphere. The successful candidate will lead the development and coordination of the Solar HARd x-ray Polarimeter (SHARP) instrument, which is funded to fly onboard the Solar PolArization and Directivity X-Ray Experiment (PADRE) 12 U CubeSat. In addition, the candidate will conduct observational analysis of high-energy phenomena at the Sun using data from past and current missions.

The candidate will work collaboratively with national and international partners, and will be expected to present their findings at national and international conferences, as well as publish their results in leading journals. The ideal candidate should have expertise in solar high-energy instrumentation and/or analysis of solar eruption observations.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A PhD or equivalent international degree.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
  • Minimum one year of postdoctoral experience
  • Record of research activities during and after PhD degree
Preferred qualifications
  • Expertise in solar high-energy instrumentation and/or analysis of solar eruption observations
  • Experience in data analysis and scientific interpretation of solar flare data
  • Expertise in scientific programming languages, such as IDL, Matlab, Python
  • Ability to perform independent research.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with others.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experience working with CubeSat or suborbital missions is preferred but not required
  • Experience in X-ray detector calibration is preferred but not required

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)

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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