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Postdoctoral Scholar - Theoretical Astrophysics, Cosmology, and Planetary Science - Department of Astronomy (UPDATED)

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The Theoretical Astrophysics Center (TAC) at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for the TAC Postdoctoral Fellowships, starting in the summer or fall of 2018. The Fellows are expected to carry out independent research on topics of their choosing in theoretical astrophysics, cosmology or planetary science. The positions are for three years. In addition to being considered for the TAC Fellowship, applicants will also be considered for grant-supported postdoctoral positions with TAC members and postdoctoral positions in stellar and time-domain astrophysics joint between Berkeley, Caltech, and KITP.

Current senior members of the TAC include Jonathan Arons, Eugene Chiang, Joanne Cohn, Marc Davis, Al Glassgold, Wick Haxton, Daniel Kasen, Richard Klein, Chung-Pei Ma, Philip Marcus, Christopher McKee, Burkhard Militzer, Eliot Quataert, Uros Seljak, and Martin White. Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to interact with the broad spectrum of researchers in the Berkeley Astronomy Department and with other experimental and theoretical programs in the neighboring Physics Department, Space Sciences Laboratory, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Additional information on the TAC can be found at the following url:

A PhD or equivalent degree in astrophysics or a related field like, theoretical astrophysics, cosmology, or planetary science 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: A demonstrated background in theoretical research in astrophysics, planetary science, or cosmology is required, including a track record of published papers.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary will be commensurate with experience. For information on UC Postdoc benefits, please visit: UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family. The Postdoctoral Scholar Benefits Plan (PSBP) provides a comprehensive program which offers Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and AD&D Insurance, Short-Term Disability Insurance and Voluntary Long- Term Disability Insurance.

To apply:

Please submit all application materials including a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae (CV), publication list, statement of research interest and plans and three letters of recommendation electronically at

For consideration for the TAC fellowship, all materials including reference letters must be received by December 6, 2017. Other TAC postdoc 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 Lochland Trotter 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


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research Interest and Plans

  • Publication List

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required