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Assistant/Associate Project Scientist - Department of Physics - University of California, Berkeley

Position overview

Position title: Assistant or Associate Project Scientist
Salary range: The UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay determined by 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 $71,500 - $95,600 annually.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: Fall 2023
Position duration: One year with the possibility of renewal based on performance and availability of funding.

Application Window

Open date: October 6, 2023

Next review date: Friday, Mar 1, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Mar 1, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date.

Position description

The Department of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for an Assistant or Associate Project Scientist position. Physics is the largest department in the L&S Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. It is ranked as one of the top physics departments in the world, with excellence in research, teaching, and service to the community all highly valued.

The scientist will work on the LiteBIRD space mission being developed by JAXA. and will assist to develop cryogenic readout electronics, which includes a SQUID amplifier and superconducting LC resonators. The goal is to demonstrate the required noise level. Our research group develops instrumentation and experiments to observe the cosmic microwave background (CMB). The instrumentation includes detector arrays based on transition-edge sensors (TESs) and readout electronics based on frequency-domain multiplexing. The group is also active in experiments including Simons Array and Simons Observatory ground-based experiments and the LiteBIRD space mission.

The successful candidate will play a leadership role in developing frequency-domain multiplexing for a space mission using LiteBIRD as a mission example to develop a space-qualified design. The design work will include achieving noise performance suitable for LiteBIRD while simultaneously staying within cryogenic power dissipation requirements. The design work will also include developing shielding to external electromagnetic interference.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Ph.D. or equivalent international degree.

Preferred qualifications

• Ph.D. or equivalent international degree in Physics, Astrophysics, or Astronomy.
• Fluency in C++, Python and Unix scripting.
• Experience with software version control systems such as Git.
• Knowledge and experience with cryogenics and superconducting electronics including SQUID amplifiers. Experience with circuit simulation and circuit fabrication and test. Experience with CAD including programs such as SOLIDWORKs.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

  • Publications - Please upload copies of two selected publications.

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

Berkeley, CA