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Postdoctoral Scholars - Center for Integrative Planetary Sciences (CIPS)

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The Center for Integrative Planetary Sciences (CIPS) at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in any area of planetary science, starting in the fall of 2018. The position is fulltime and renewable for up three years, contingent on performance and funding.

Current faculty of CIPS include Jill Banfield, Kristie Boering, Bruce Buffett, Eugene Chiang, Imke de Pater, William Dietrich, Courtney Dressing, James Graham, Raymond Jeanloz, Paul Kalas, Michael Manga, Philip Marcus, Burkhard Militzer, and Mark Richards. The successful candidate will have overlapping research interests with these faculty members. Current research areas span astronomical observations of the solar system, Martian geodynamics and geomicrobiology, planetary interiors, planetary atmospheres, planet formation theory, protoplanetary disks, and extrasolar planets. Special attention will be paid to candidates with broad interests and expertise who can bridge Berkeley's Earth and Planetary Science Department and the Astronomy Department.

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

Basic qualifications: At the time of application, the basic minimum qualification is the completion of all PhD degree requirements except the dissertation.

Additional Required Qualifications (by start date):
A PhD or equivalent degree in astrophysics, geophysics, planetary science, physics or related fields is required by the start date.

A demonstrated track record of published papers.

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 Curriculum Vitae including publication list, and a Statement of Research interests and Goals. Applicants should also request three letters of reference. The position will remain 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 Mark Hayden 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 - including a publication list

  • Statement of Research and Goals

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required