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Postdoctoral Researcher – Radio Astronomy Laboratory, UC Berkeley

Position overview

Salary range: The UC postdoc salary scales set the minimum pay determined by experience level at appointment. See the following table(s) for the current salary scale(s) for this position: . A reasonable estimate for this position is $60,000 –$71,952.
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: 10/1/2024
Position duration: 2 years initial appointment

Application Window

Open date: August 23, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Jan 5, 2024 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: Thursday, Aug 22, 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 Radio Astronomy Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Researcher, for research projects directed by Professor Aaron Parsons. Research in the lab addresses the electromagnetic design, modeling, and optimization of radio antennas for measuring the cosmic 21cm signal from cosmic reionization.

The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to work collaboratively with a research team to design and model radio antennas that meet the specifications of the EIGSEP experiment. The candidate will also be assisting with experiment design, data analyses, and the preparation of research for publication. In addition, the postdoctoral researcher will play a lead role in the supervision of young research participants. Furthermore, they will be responsible for organizing and leading field deployments for testing antenna performance against simulations.


  • Designing and optimizing the EIGSEP experiment and specifications
  • Assisting with data analysis and the preparation of research for publication
  • May be responsible for supervising undergraduate and graduate students in research and purchasing equipment
  • Will be responsible for leading field deployments of the EIGSEP experiment


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)
  • No more than three years of post-degree research experience by start date.
  • PhD (or equivalent international degree)
Preferred qualifications
  • Candidates should have a strong background in electromagnetic modeling with standard commercial software packages (e.g. CST, FEKO, WIPLD, or similar).
  • At least 2 years of coursework in astrophysics or electrical engineering
  • A strong background in programming and software engineering
  • Experience with machine-learning frameworks and parameter optimization
  • Experience with GPU programming frameworks
  • Strong oral and written communication skills

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • 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

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

  • Publications List (Optional)

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

letters of reference will only be solicited for finalists

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Job location

Berkeley, CA