Postdoctoral Scholar

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Saturday, November 18, 2017
Archive Date: 
Saturday, February 3, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
University of California at Santa Cruz
Department Name: 
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Street Line 1: 
1156 High St.
Santa Cruz
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

The Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics ( at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the position of Postdoctoral Scholar, in collaboration with Professors Brant Robertson and Piero Madau. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct forefront research on topics related to galaxy formation, large-scale structure, and wide-area extragalactic surveys. The successful candidate will join the WFIRST Extragalactic Potential Observations Science Investigation Team, and help develop the extragalactic science case for both wide-area and ultradeep surveys with WFIRST.

We encourage applications from candidates with theoretical expertise in galaxy formation or extragalactic cosmology, or observers experienced in the analysis of large survey datasets. The position requires that the Postdoctoral Scholar successfully work independently and collegially in a team environment.

RANK: Postdoctoral Scholar

SALARY: $54,228 – $58,560, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. or equivalent foreign degree in Astronomy or Physics.

POSITION AVAILABLE: September 1, 2018 (negotiable)

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of reappointment for a total of three years; with annual reappointment contingent upon positive performance review and availability of funding. For appointments within the University of California, a total duration of an individual’s postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including postdoctoral service at other institutions.

TO APPLY: Applications must include a curriculum vitae with list of publications, a research statement that includes a brief summary of relevant experience and research plans, and three current confidential reference letters* (submitted directly by your referees or dossier service). Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files. Applications materials and letters can be sent to Brant Robertson (, with the subject line “Postdoctoral Scholar Application”. For further inquiries, please email

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

CLOSING DATE:  Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2018. To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete and letters of recommendation received by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than 5/31/2018.

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. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to: Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064; (831) 459-2686.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available here or from the Academic Personnel Office (APO) at (831) 459-4300.

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Pay Compensation
Salary Min: 
$54228.00 (USD)
Salary Max: 
$58560.00 (USD)
Application Deadline: 
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Brant Robertson and Piero Madau
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Postdoctoral Scholar position