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Postdoctoral Scholar - Radio Astronomy Lab

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Postdoctoral Scholar - Radio Astronomy Lab

The Radio Astronomy lab (RAL) at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for two (2) Postdoctoral Scholar positions to work with Professor Aaron Parsons on any area of 21cm cosmology and will interact with his group and the rest of the Berkeley Astronomy community. This position is primarily associated with the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA) targeting cosmic reionization, but includes the opportunity to work on smaller experiments as well. The positions are for one year, full time, with renewal for two more years contingent on funding.

Additional information on the RAL can be found at the following website:

Duties of the position:
The primary responsibilities will be as part of the HERA team, working on instrumentation, data analysis, astrophysical interpretation, and/or simulations. Additional opportunities may be available on smaller experiments, including HYPERION, an interferometer targeting the 21cm global signal, and on legacy data from PAPER, a previous-generation 21 cm tomography experiment.

A PhD or equivalent degree in astronomy, physics, electrical engineering or a related field is required by the start date. At the time of application, the basic minimum qualification is the completion of all degree requirements except the dissertation.

Additional Qualifications (required by start date):
• Record of scientific and/or technical publication.
• Demonstrated communication skills for presentation of results to astronomy and/or engineering professionals.
• Strong work ethic

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience with technical and scientific writing
• Familiarity with the astrophysics and cosmology of the high redshift universe
• Familiarity with radio observing and interferometric data analysis
• Familiarity with statistical techniques, machine learning, etc.
• Proficiency in programming in Python and other languages
• Participation in promoting constructive department climate and community
• Experience with mentorship, teaching, and/or public outreach

Salary and Benefits:
Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work. UC Berkeley offers excellent health and welfare packages. It also has a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family. Information on available plans and eligibility can be found at:

To apply:
Please submit applications electronically at

Applicants should submit a cover letter; Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications; and a statement of prior research, research interests, and plans (maximum 5 pages including all figures and references). Applicants should also request three letters of reference.

These positions will be open until filled.
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 letters.

For questions contact at Aaron Parsons at

The University of California 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:

Job location

Berkeley, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - including a list of publications

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Prior Research, research interest and plans - Maximum 5 pages including all figures and references

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required