Postdoctoral Scholar - Radio Astronomy Lab

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Monday, November 5, 2018
Archive Date: 
Monday, December 31, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
UC Berkeley
Department Name: 
Radio Astronomy Lab
Street Line 1: 
501 Campbell Hall
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Radio Astronomy lab (RAL) at the University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar position to work with Professor Aaron Parsons on any area of 21cm cosmology and will interact with his group and the rest of the Berkeley Astronomy community. This position is primarily associated with the Hydrogen Epoch of Reionization Array (HERA) targeting cosmic reionization, but includes the opportunity to work on smaller experiments as well. The position is for one year, full-time, with renewal for two more years contingent on funding.
Additional information on the RAL can be found at the following website:
Duties of the position:
The primary responsibilities will be as part of the HERA team, working on instrumentation, data analysis, astrophysical interpretation, and/or simulations. Additional opportunities may be available on smaller experiments, including HYPERION, an interferometer targeting the 21cm global signal, and on legacy data from PAPER, a previous-generation 21 cm tomography experiment.
Basic Qualifications (required at time of application):
To be considered for this position, applicants must have completed all degree requirements except the dissertation for receipt of their Ph.D. or equivalent international degree.
Additional Qualifications (required by start date):
• A PhD or equivalent international degree.
• Record of scientific and/or technical publication.
• Experience giving presentation of results to astronomy and/or engineering professionals.
Preferred Qualifications
• A PhD or equivalent international degree in astronomy, physics, or electrical engineering or related field.
• Experience with technical and scientific writing
• Familiarity with the astrophysics and cosmology of the high redshift universe
• Familiarity with radio observing and interferometric data analysis
• Familiarity with statistical techniques, machine learning, etc.
• Proficiency in programming in Python and other languages
• Participation in promoting constructive department climate and community
• Experience with mentorship, teaching, and/or public out reach
• Strong work ethic
Salary and Benefits:
Salary will be 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 plans and eligibility can be found at:
To apply:
Please submit applications electronically at Applicants should submit a cover letter; Curriculum Vitae including a list of publications; and a statement of prior research, research interests, and plans (maximum 5 pages including all figures and references).
Applicants should also request three letters of reference.
These positions will be open until filled.
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.
For questions contact at Aaron Parsons at
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:

Application Deadline: 
Friday, January 4, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, March 4, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Aaron Parsons
Associate Professor
UC Berkeley
Department Name: 
Radio Astronomy Lab
Street Line 1: 
501 Campbell Hall
501 Campbell Hall
Zip/Postal Code: 
(510) 642-5275
FAX: (510) 642-3411
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Aaron Parsons
Postdoctoral Scholar - Radio Astronomy Lab JPF01918