[ES_JOBS_NET] Assistant Research Physicist - Ionospheric Connection (ICON) Explorer mission - Space Sciences Laboratory, CA

Christine Wiedinmyer Christine.Wiedinmyer at Colorado.EDU
Mon Aug 6 06:30:58 MDT 2018


Open date: July 30th, 2018
Next review date: August 15th, 2018
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
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.

The Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a full-time (100%) Assistant Research Physicist with an expected start date of August 2018.

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. http://ssl.berkeley.edu/

Position Description:
The Assistant Research Physicist will perform research in upper atmospheric or ionospheric physics with emphasis towards modeling of the interaction of atmospheric waves within these regions. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct original research, likely utilizing data from the upcoming NASA Ionospheric Connection Explorer Mission (http://icon.ssl.berkeley.edu<http://icon.ssl.berkeley.edu/>) to resolve questions about the strong variability in Earth's space environment driven by forcing from below. ICON is a NASA Explorer mission, developed and managed by the Space Sciences Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley with key support from several partner institutions. ICON will explore the boundary between Earth and space to understand the physical connection between our atmosphere and our space environment.

The Assistant Research Physicist will engage in independent and collaborative research with both SSL and outside personnel, attend and actively support scientific seminars, workshops, working team meetings and other venues for presentations of results and development of collaborative research relationships, pursue timely publication of research in peer-reviewed journals and pursue additional funding opportunities consistent with existing and future research programs and goals.

Assistant Research Physicist will:
* Lead efforts to analyze and interpret ICON scientific data to achieve the objectives of the mission, where prompt publication of results in journals of record is an evaluation criterion for professional advancement.
* Learn and understand ICON science operations processes and contribute to science operations and planning efforts.
* Support the efforts of ICON science team and the Science Data Center Lead in the implementation and update of analysis software at the ICON Science DataCenter.
* Coordinate efforts of the science operations planning & science team to maximize the scientific return of the mission.
* Train ICON personnel (students and post-docs) in the analysis of the ICONdataset.
* Contribute to project reports & reviews related to the ICON science data and data center.
* Participate in ICON science outreach efforts at Berkeley and around the state of California.

Basic Qualifications:
PhD or equivalent international degree required at the time of application.

Additional Qualifications (required by start date of the job):
* One or more years of postdoctoral experience in collection, calibration or analysis of data from scientific instrumentation in space or relevant environments.
* Record of research publications since PhD degree.

Preferred Qualifications:
* PhD in Physics, Astronomy, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science.
* Experience with upper atmosphere or space physics satellite data and ionosphere numerical models.
* Experience in software development and deployment in scientific data analysis pipelines.
* Prior experience applying for grants or contracts to support newprojects.
* Experience developing new projects including scientific instruments, hardware, or analysis tools.

Salary and Benefits:
Starting salary will be commensurate with experience.

Initial appointment will be for two 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 UC Health Benefits for staff, please visit: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/health- plans/index.html

To apply, please visit: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01759

Applicants should submit Curriculum Vitae including list of publications, statement of research interests, and optional cover letter. Applicants should also request three 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 (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html)priorto submitting their letters.

Please address inquires to Dr. Thomas Immel at immel at ssl.berkeley.edu<mailto:immel at ssl.berkeley.edu>

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: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct

Berkeley, CA
Document requirements

*        Curriculum Vitae - Curriculum Vitae including list of publications

*        Statement of research interests

*        Cover Letter (Optional)
Reference requirements

  *   3 letters of reference required

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