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Postdoctoral Scholar

Application Window

Open date: February 27th, 2020

Next review date: Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, Jun 30, 2021 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.

Position description

The BALBOA project of the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, seeks applicants for a Postdoctoral Scholar. The candidate must hold a PhD in the geosciences or a related field such as aeronomy, space physics, physics, and astronomy with ballooning experience. Postdoctoral candidates are required to have a Ph.D. degree, completed within the past one year, or soon to be completed. The start date will be by agreement. BALBOA is a NASA funded balloon project for imaging sunlit auroras using NIR cameras.

We seek candidates with familiarity in the design and deployment of space- and/or balloon-based electronics hardware and software and with a good knowledge in Python and C programing languages. Candidates with a knack for hardware and familiarity in mechanical and thermal design and analysis for balloon payload are especially expected. The candidate should also have a background in a relevant branch of physics (e.g., atmospheric, ionospheric, space physics), or a closely related discipline; excellent communication skills; ability and desire to work both independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team; and willingness to expand into new fields.

The initial appointment will be for a 12-month period, with the possibility of renewal for an additional 12 months subject to satisfactory performance. Salary will follow standards for post-doctoral scholars and will scale with the applicant’s experience. To apply, candidates must submit (a) a cover letter, (b) names and contact information of three references, and (c) a CV. Applications will be accepted via the UC Recruit website at Review of applications will begin March 9, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. The preferred start date is immediate.

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, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)