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Postdoctoral Scholar Employee - Assistant Project Scientist - Theoretical Astrophysics Center

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 21st, 2018
Last review date: November 15th, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: January 2nd, 2019
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.

Description

The Theoretical Astrophysics Center (TAC) at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for the TAC Postdoctoral Fellowship, and additional research positions at the level of Postdoc or Assistant Project Scientists, starting in the summer or fall of 2019. These are full time positions. The positions will be determined based on qualifications and postdoctoral research experience. The incumbents are expected to carry out independent research on topics of their choosing in theoretical astrophysics, cosmology or planetary science.

For Postdoctoral applicants, in addition to being considered for the TAC Fellowship, applicants will also be considered for grant-supported postdoctoral positions with TAC members, postdoctoral positions in stellar and time-domain astrophysics joint between Berkeley, Caltech, and KITP, and postdoctoral positions in plasma astrophysics joint between Princeton and Berkeley.

The Assistant Project Scientists applicants are expected to have demonstrated clear research leadership in their field with a demonstrated track record of leading publications and talks at international conferences. In addition to being considered for positions at Berkeley, applicants will also be considered for positions in stellar and time-domain astrophysics joint between Berkeley, Caltech, and KITP and for positions in plasma astrophysics joint between Princeton and Berkeley.

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: http://astro.berkeley.edu/tac/

Basic qualifications:
At Postdoctoral position level, applicants should be enrolled in a PhD (or equivalent foreign degree) granting program at the time of application.

At Assistant Project Scientist level, applicants should have a PhD or equivalent foreign degree with two or more years of postdoctoral research experience at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (Required by start date): At the postdoctoral position level, a PhD or equivalent international degree. In addition, candidates for the postdoctoral position can have at most 3 years of previous postdoctoral experience by their start date in 2019 at UC Berkeley.

Candidates who will have more than 3 years of previous postdoctoral position by their start date in 2019 at UC Berkeley should apply for the Assistant Project Scientist position.

Preferred qualifications:
At Postdoctoral level, previous theoretical research, degree and a track record of published lead- author papers in any of the following fields: theoretical astrophysics, cosmology, planetary science, exoplanets, plasma physics, star and/or galaxy formation, compact objects, stars and supernovae.

At Assistant Project Scientist level, a PhD in any of the following fields: theoretical astrophysics, cosmology, planetary science, exoplanets, plasma physics, star and/or galaxy formation, compact objects, stars and supernovae. Previous theoretical research, degree and/or specialization, including a track record of published lead-author papers. Applicants are expected to have demonstrated clear research leadership in their field with a strong track record of leading publications and talks at international conferences.

Salary: Salary will be commensurate with experience.

For Postdoctoral UC benefits, refer: http://www.garnett-powers.com/postdoc/index.htm. 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.

For Assistant Project Scientist benefits, refer: https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/health-plans/index.html
The university provides a comprehensive benefits program which offers Medical, Dental, Vision, Life and AD&D Insurance, Short-Term Disability Insurance and Long-Term Disability Insurance. 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.

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 as per the details noted below. The position is open until filled.

To apply for Postdoctoral positions, apply to the posting, JPF01828 at: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01828

To apply for Assistant Project Scientist positions, apply to the posting, JPF01904 at: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01904

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 (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

For questions contact Cara Lynn Giovanniello at clg@berkeley.edu

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:http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

Job location

Berkeley, CA

Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of research interest and plans

  • Publication list

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

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