Postdoctoral Scholar in Astronomy Department
University of California Berkeley, College of Letters & Science - Astronomy
United States


Postdoctoral Scholar – Astronomy Department

The UC Berkeley Astronomy Department invites applicants for a postdoctoral research position to work with Prof. Jessica R. Lu and her research group in the areas of resolved stellar populations and/or adaptive optics. Research areas currently being pursued by the group include: (1) the Galactic center, (2) adaptive optics instrumentation and PSF reconstruction methods, and (3) young star clusters, star formation, and the IMF. Candidates in all areas of stellar populations and optical/infrared instrumentation are encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to collaborate with other members of the Galactic Center Group (headquartered at UCLA) and adaptive optics instrument teams at the W. M. Keck Observatory, TMT, and the UH Institute for Astronomy. The successful applicant will also have the opportunity to mentor students, interact with UC Berkeley faculty, design and implement new lab experiments, and participate in observing programs using University of California facilities (Keck and Lick).

The position, starting in 2019 Fall or 2020 Spring, is for two years, full time, with renewal for a third year contingent on performance and funding. This position will be open until filled.

Basic/Minimum Qualification (at the time of application): Candidates must have completed all PhD or equivalent international degree requirements except the dissertation.
Additional Qualification (by the start date): A PhD degree or equivalent international degree.

Preferred Qualifications: PhD or equivalent international degree in astrophysics or physics.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary range is $50,740 - $61,308, 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 benefit plans and eligibility can be found at:

To apply:
Please submit applications electronically at Applicants should submit a Curriculum Vitae, a bibliography, and a statement of research interests and plans. Applicants should also request three letters of reference. For questions contact Emily Martinez at

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.

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:


Berkeley, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Bibliography

  • Statement of Research Interest and Plans

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required


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