Assistant Project Scientist in Physics

University of California Berkeley Department of Physics

United States

Assistant Project Scientist - Department of Physics – University of California, Berkeley

Job #JPF02884
  • Physics / College of Letters & Science - Mathematical & Physical Sciences / UC Berkeley

Application Window

Open date: April 23rd, 2021

Next review date: Friday, May 7, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, May 24, 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 Department of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for an Assistant Project Scientist to work in the area of experimental cosmology, specifically in the area of cosmic microwave background (CMB) experiment. This is a full-time (100%) position, with an expected start date in Spring 2021.

This position will be in Adrian Lee's group in the Physics Department of UC Berkeley. The group focuses on observations of the cosmic microwave background (CMB). The research in this position will be focused on developing the Small Aperture Telescopes (SATs) of the Simons Observatory where one of the SATs is being built at Berkeley/LBNL. The SATs have compact refractive optics with a 42 cm diameter aperture. The 100 mK focal planes are instrumented with Horn- or Planar-Antenna-Coupled, dichroic, Transition-Edge Sensor (TES) bolometer arrays. The TESes are readout using a microwave MUX system.

Basic qualifications (must be met at the time of application):
Ph.D. or equivalent international degree.

Additional qualifications (must be met by the start date of the job):
A minimum of three years work experience post Ph.D.

Candidates who have less than three years work experience by their start date in 2021 should apply for the Postdoctoral Scholar - Experimental Cosmology position;

Preferred qualifications:
A Ph.D. in Physics in experimental cosmology. Expertise in cryogenics, optics, TES detectors, multiplexed readout, and data analysis is desirable. Experience working with students and other researchers; scientific paper writing, presentations, proposals, and reports to funding agencies is desirable.

Salary range: $70,000 to $77,500 (full-time, 100% rate). Starting salary will be commensurate with experience.

For information on UC benefits, please visit:

This position is in a represented bargaining unit.

To apply, please go to the following link:

The position will remain open until filled.

Please direct questions to Adrian Lee, or Akito Kusaka, For inquiries of an administrative nature, contact Christy Welden at

Should letters be requested, 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.

Diversity statement:
The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to 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. 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 Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to
  • Publications List
Reference requirements
  • 2-3 required (contact information only)
Job location
  • Berkeley, CA

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