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Postdoctoral Scholar

Position overview

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar

Application Window

Open date: August 9th, 2021

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

Final date: Wednesday, Mar 30, 2022 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

Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences, UCLA

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. BALBOA is a NASA-funded balloon project for imaging daytime auroras and investigating dayside solar wind-magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling. The candidate should hold a Ph.D. in space physics, or related fields such as aeronomy, geosciences, physics, and astronomy.

We seek candidates who are interested in developing imager hardware and software and have good knowledge of Python and C++ programming languages. Candidates who have experience with flight instrument and/or scientific ballooning are especially appreciated. The candidate should have good communication skills; the ability and desire to work both independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team; and a willingness to develop a career in space exploration.

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 postdoctoral 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 Please apply by October 30, 2021 in order to ensure full consideration. The preferred start date is immediate.

Inquiries may be directed to Xiaoyan Zhou at


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

    The candidate should hold a Ph.D. in space physics, or related fields such as aeronomy, geosciences, physics, and astronomy by the date of hire.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Contact information for references is required. References may or may not be contacted for letters of recommendation.

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Campus Information

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. For new University of California employees, the applicable deadline is eight weeks after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)

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: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Job location

Los Angeles, CA