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Postdoctoral Scholar – NuSTAR – Space Sciences Laboratory

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 10th, 2017
Last review date: December 1st, 2017
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: August 31st, 2018
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.


Postdoctoral Scholar:
The Space Sciences Laboratory wishes to hire a Postdoc to be a member of the NuSTAR science team and will work with the Galactic Surveys and X-ray Binaries working groups.

The Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a postdoctoral research position to work with data from the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) high-energy X-ray telescope (see The primary research topic will be science relating to Galactic high-energy X-ray sources (e.g., black hole and neutron star X-ray binaries, massive stars, cataclysmic variables, pulsars, and supernova remnants). The successful candidate will join the NuSTAR science team and will work with the Galactic surveys and X-ray binaries working groups as well as being involved in the NuSTAR serendipitous source project.

Minimum/Basic Qualifications Required (By the time of application):
Completion of all Ph.D. degree requirements except the dissertation.

Additional Required Qualifications (By start date):
Ph.D. or equivalent degree in physics, astronomy, or a closely related field. No more than 3 years of research experience since receipt of PhD.

Preferred Qualifications (By start date):
Experience with X-ray data and studies of X-ray source populations or X-ray binaries.

This position reports to Dr. John Tomsick. This will be a 2-year postdoc, and the start date for the appointment is between January 1, 2018 and September 1, 2018.

Salary: Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience level and based on UC Berkeley salary scales. This position provides full benefits.

To Apply:

Applicants should submit a Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications, a statement of research interests, and optional cover letter. Please submit contact information for three references. Finalists will be requested to provide three reference letters. 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. Applications will be reviewed starting on November 1, 2017 and will be accepted until the position is filled. Please direct questions to

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About U.C. Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory: Built six decades ago, UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) was the realization of NASA’s vision to gather many of the most innovative and dedicated science minds in one place at Berkeley. In the hill above Berkeley, physicists, researchers, biologists, engineers and technicians worked in unison: interacting, learning from one another, leading, challenging and inspiring one another in creating cutting-edge space science instrumentation and conducting top research. Through sixty years of NASA-funded support, their efforts, and those of hundreds of dedicated students and staff, have brought about myriad highlights, such as the space science missions of S3-3, ISEE, Polar, Van Allen Probes, Cluster, Maven, and MMS. All have contributed to new discoveries about the physics of space, and initiated marked new advances in engineering technology. Visit us on the web to learn more about the exciting opportunities that our most recent projects will reveal about the connection between Earth and sky, the intricate workings of our Sun and its future way of producing energy, and the mysteries of how the atmosphere on Mars evolved.

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Berkeley, CA

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