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Postdoctoral Research – Advanced Simons Observatory, Space Sciences Lab, 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 $70,902–$79,014.
Percent time: 100
Anticipated start: 9/1/2024
Position duration: 2 years with the possibility of renewal depending on performance and availability of funding.

Application Window

Open date: October 13, 2023

Most recent review date: Wednesday, Jan 31, 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: Monday, Sep 30, 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 Science Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applicants for a Postdoctoral Research position working on simulation, modeling, and systematics mitigation for the Advanced Simons Observatory (ASO). ASO builds upon the telescopes deployed for the Simons Observatory and seeks to refine and automate instrument characterization, data processing, and public data releases. The successful candidate will work to identify, model, and simulate important instrumental effects that limit our ability to extract cosmology results from Simons Observatory data. They will also contribute to efforts to account for these effects in automated data reduction processes. This position requires working with Julian Borrill, Reijo Keskitalo, Ted Kisner, and other personnel at U.C. Berkeley and within the larger ASO collaboration.

Job Responsibilities in this position are:

-Will identify, in coordination with the broader collaboration, any systemic effects which impede science processing of Simons Observatory data.
-Will implement software to simulate these effects and compare with real data.
-Will assist in algorithm and software development aimed at mitigation of these -effects.
-Will assist in automating simulation and reduction operations for regular data releases.


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. or equivalent in physics or astrophysics.
  • Experience with data simulation and analysis, preferably with CMB data.
  • Ability to work with other post-docs, graduate students and software engineers in a large collaboration environment.
  • A strong background in programming with the Python language
  • Experience with the basics of CMB experiments and sources of systematic errors
  • Experience with the broad techniques used in CMB data reduction
  • Experience using distributed computing resources
  • 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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About UC Berkeley

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).

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Job location

Berkeley, CA