Postdoctoral Scholar in Department of Astronomy University of California at Berkeley, Department of Astronomy

Postdoctoral Scholar - Department of Astronomy


  • College of Letters & Science - Astronomy



Open date: September 29th, 2017
Last review date: October 13th, 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.



Recruitment for a Postdoctoral Employee within the Department of Astronomy at UC Berkeley:


The Department of Astronomy at UC Berkeley is seeking a highly motivated individual to carry out research on nearby dwarf galaxies using the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) in collaboration with Dr. Daniel Weisz. The successful applicant will work with multi-wavelength imaging of resolved stars in nearby dwarf galaxies as part of two new HST programs (GO-15275 and AR-15056). The primary goals of these programs are to characterize young stellar populations, reconstruct recent star formation histories, and measure the high-mass stellar initial mass function. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to collaborate with ongoing efforts involving the Keck telescope, plan observations for the James Webb Space Telescope, and pursue an independent research program.


This position will report to Dr. Daniel Weisz. Basic Qualifications (by time of application)
Candidates must already hold a PhD or be in the process of obtaining a PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or a related field


Additional Qualifications (by start date)

Candidates must have obtained their PhD or equivalent degree in astronomy, astrophysics, or related field by the start date.



This will be a full-time appointment. The approximate start date for this position will be September 2018. The initial appointment is for one year with the possibility of an extension for an additional two years based on performance and the availability of funding.


Salary and Benefits

Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience level and based on UC Berkeley salary scales. The annual salary range for this position is $48,216 to $56,400. Generous benefits are included:


To Apply




Interested individuals should include a current CV (required) and the names and contact information of one reference (one reference is required, two or more is optional). Letters of reference may be requested for finalists. Additionally, interested individuals will need to submit a Statement of Research (required, up to 3 pages) and should include past and current research as well as an explanation for their interest in the position. It is optional to include a 1-2-page cover letter describing research experience and interests.


It is also optional to include a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.


Applications should be submitted by January 15, 2018. This recruitment will remain open until filled.


Questions regarding this recruitment can be directed to Professor Daniel Weisz


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. dossierservice or career center) to the UC Berkeley Statement of Confidentiality to submitting their letters.


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:


The Department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their research or teaching.


The University of California, 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.



Berkeley, CA





  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement of Research - Your Statement of Research (up to 3 pages) should include past and current research as well as an explanation as to why you are interested in this position.

  • Cover Letter - 1-2-page cover letter describing research experience and interests. (Optional)

  • Statement of Diversity - A statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service. (Optional)



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