Research Scientist in Space Sciences
University of California Berkeley
United States

Research Scientist ( Assistant, Associate or Full) - Senior Fellow – Space Sciences Laboratory

Job #JPF02469
  • VC Res Organized Rsearch Units - Space Sciences Laboratory

Recruitment Period

Open date: January 17th, 2020
Next review date: Monday, Feb 3, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Tuesday, Mar 31, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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 invites applications for a PhD scientist who has demonstrated leadership and creativity in the space sciences. SSL currently has active science groups in Solar and Heliospheric Physics, Geospace Science, Astrophysics & Exoplanets, and Planetary Science/Astrobiology. The position is open to scientists who have research programs related to one of these groups or potentially on a topic that may lead to the establishment of a new science group (e.g., Earth and Atmospheric Science). Scientists engaged in instrument and/or mission development are especially encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant will have Principal Investigator status upon joining SSL, and the level of the appointment (Assistant, Associate, or Full Research Scientist) will depend on CV and qualifications. While the applicant is expected to build a self-supporting research group, startup funds will be provided. It is expected that the applicant will have a previous record of participating in or leading successful projects or proposals.

If the applicant’s research falls under one of the existing SSL science groups, the Associate Director of the science group will be the applicant’s formal supervisor. Otherwise, the applicant will report to the SSL Director. The appointment is open-ended contingent on funding. A start date between 2020 August and October is envisioned, but this is flexible. This is a full-time position.

Basic Qualifications ( required at the time of application):

  • PhD ( or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a PhD (or equivalent international degree) program.

Additional Qualifications (required by the start date):

  • PhD (or equivalent international degree).
  • Record of research publications since PhD degree.


  • PhD or equivalent in physics, astronomy, earth science, planetary science, or a closely related field.
  • Demonstrated experience with participating in or leading successful projects or proposals in the space sciences.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience level and based on UC Berkeley salary scales. This position provides full benefits.
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 UC Health Benefits for staff, please visit:

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Applicants should also provide names with contact information for at least 3 individuals who have agreed to provide a reference for this specific position. Letters of reference will be requested of the finalists. 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.

Position will remain open until filled.

Please direct questions to Caylen Garrie at

Diversity statement:
The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to 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. 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:


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

  • Statement of Research - 3-5 page statement of research interests.

  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to

  • Publications List

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

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