Postdoctoral Scholar in Physics and Astronomy
University of California Los Angeles Department of Physics and Astronomy
United States

Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Physics & Astronomy

Job #JPF07174
  • PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY / L&S Physical Sciences / UCLA

Application Window

Open January 31st, 2022 through Wednesday, Jun 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles invites applications for a postdoctoral position in experimental plasma physics. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Derek Schaeffer to study laser-driven, ion-scale magnetospheres and will have the opportunity to develop, execute, and analyze experiments on the Large Plasma Device at UCLA and to develop particle-in-cell simulations modeling the experiments. The candidate will also work with Prof. Chris Niemann’s high-energy-density physics (HEDP) group on laser experiments studying the transfer of plasma internal and flow kinetic energy into non-thermal particles and magnetic energy. The successful candidate will have access to state-of-the-art computational facilities and laboratory experiments, opportunities for collaboration with several universities and national laboratories, and support for travel.

Appointments are for one year, renewable annually based on funding and satisfactory performance, for a total of up to three years. The expected starting date is July 1, 2022, although this is flexible and an earlier starting date is preferred. A PhD in Physics or a related field is required, and an experimental or computational background in plasma physics, HEDP, or laboratory astrophysics is strongly preferred.

Interested persons should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a publication list, and a research statement (up to two pages), and provide contact information for three references by February 28, 2022. Our department is committed to diversity and making the field more equitable and inclusive. With this in mind, we will take into consideration personal experiences, as well as efforts in education, outreach or other service activities related to plasma physics or other sciences. Applicants are invited to describe such experiences and their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the cover letter.

Applicants must apply via UCRecruit. Letters of recommendation will also be handled through this site. All applications received by February 28, 2022 will be fully considered, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. For further inquiries, contact Dr. Schaeffer at


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

PhD in Physics or a related field

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Publication List
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

Your letter will be available online for viewing by the search committee. We may include your letter in any future appointment file if an offer of employment is extended.

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As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

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