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Postdoctoral Scholar - Space Physics Research Group - Space Sciences Laboratory

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 17th, 2018
Last review date: November 1st, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: November 19th, 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.


The Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a full-time (100%) Postdoctoral Scholar with an appointment start date between November 1, 2018 and February 1, 2019.

About The Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at the University of California, Berkeley: 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, IMAGE, THEMIS and MAVEN. All have contributed to new discoveries about the physics of space, and initiated marked new advances in engineering technology.

Position Description:
Postdoctoral Scholar will work with Dr. Andrew Poppe in the fields of lunar and small body plasma and exospheric research as part of the DREAM2 team of NASA’s Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). The successful applicant will join a dynamic and productive group of researchers investigating solar and magnetospheric plasma interactions with the Moon, asteroids, the moons of Mars, and the outer planet satellites.
Research is conducted via both analysis of existing in-situ datasets from missions such as ARTEMIS and MAVEN, and via numerical modeling across a broad range of scales.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree or enrolled in advanced degree program at the time of application.

Additional Qualifications:

  • PhD or equivalent international degree required by the start date.
  • No more than three (3) years’ research experience since obtaining PhD or equivalent international degree.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in physics, astrophysics, astronomy, planetary science, or a related field.
  • Skills and/or experience of particular interest include: • hybrid and/or particle-in-cell simulations of plasma interactions with airless bodies • analysis of particle and magnetic field data from in-situ observations • neutral Monte Carlo modeling of satellite exospheres

Salary and Benefits:
Starting salary will commensurate with experience.

Initial appointment will be for two (2) years, with the possibility of renewal based on performance and availability of funding.

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. For a complete guide on Postdoctoral Health Benefits, please visit:

To apply, please visit:

Applicants should submit Curriculum Vitae including list of publications, statement of research interests, and optional cover letter. Applicants should also request three (3) letters of reference. 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.

Please address inquires to Dr. Andrew Poppe at

Position will remain open until filled.

Diversity Statement:
The Space Sciences Laboratory is interested in candidates who will contribute to the diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.

Family Friendly Statement:
UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs to support employees as they balance work and family.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of the University not to engage in discrimination against or harassment of any person employed or seeking employment with the University of California on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender expression, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic characteristics), genetic information (including family medical history), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Job location

Berkeley, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Including list of publications.

  • Statement of Research

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

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