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Junior - Assistant Specialist - Radio Astronomy Lab

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Junior – Assistant Specialist - Radio Astronomy Lab

The successful applicants will work with Aaron Parsons and Adrian Liu in the Radio Astronomy Laboratory on software development and data analysis for low-frequency radio interferometers targeting the measurement of 21cm emission from cosmic reionization.

Duties of Position
The primary responsibilities for this position are:
•Develop a software and analysis framework for constructing sky models and interpolating them to new frequencies.
•Work with experienced RAL engineers to use signal processing algorithms for data analysis.
•Work with Professor Parsons, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students to learn and apply data analysis methods to output of the experiments they construct.
•Contribute to research reports, technical papers and research papers
•Present research findings at meetings.

Basic Qualifications required at time of application:
•Undergraduate degree or equivalent foreign degree in Physics/Astronomy/Electrical Engineering or related field.

Additional Qualifications (required by start date):
•Familiarity with the fundamental concepts of Bayesian statistical analysis, programming expertise, knowledge of astronomical coordinate systems, and signal processing.
•Demonstrated communication skills for presentation of results to astronomy and engineering professionals.
•Responsible with high work ethics

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience with technical writing
• Knowledge of LaTeX document preparation, revision control
• Familiarity with radio observing and interferometric data analysis
• Proficiency in programming in Python and other languages

Salary and Benefits:
This is a one-year full-time position with a starting salary range of $17.99/hour (non-exempt) - $49,500 annual (exempt), commensurate with experience and qualifications, with the possibility of renewal based on performance. 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
Please submit a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, and contact information for 3 references online.

There will be multiple positions hired and will be open until filled. The anticipated start date of this position is January 2017. Please address inquiries to Aaron Parsons, at the University of California Berkeley.

If requested, 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.

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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)