Postdoctoral Position in Multi-Messenger and Transient Astronomy

University of California Berkeley Department of Astronomy

United States

Postdoctoral Employee - Multi-Messenger and Transient Astronomy - Department of Astronomy

Job #JPF03661
  • Astronomy / College of Letters & Science - Mathematical & Physical Sciences / UC Berkeley

Position overview

Position title:Postdoctoral Scholar - Employee
Salary range: The annual salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is eligible for full postdoctoral benefits.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: Summer/Fall 2023
Position duration: 2 years with potential for renewal based on performance and funding

Application Window

Open date: October 21, 2022

Next review date: Friday, Nov 4, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Dec 15, 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

The Department of Astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) seeks applications for up to two postdoctoral employees in the area of observational studies of astronomical transient sources.

The TREx (Transients, Extragalactic) group at UC Berkeley, led by Profs. Raffaella Margutti and Ryan Chornock, is engaged in a wide variety of multiwavelength and multimessenger studies. Ongoing research subjects include electromagnetic counterparts of gravitational wave (GW) sources, fast blue optical transients (FBOTs), circumstellar interaction in supernovae (SNe), tidal disruption events (TDEs), superluminous supernovae, and transient host galaxies. Amongst other collaborations, the group is currently involved in the Young Supernova Experiment (YSE), the follow-up of GW sources within the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) on the Rubin Observatory. Additionally, UC Berkeley will be a founding member of the LS4 (La Silla Schmidt Southern Survey) project. Our group has active programs in the optical at Lick and Keck Observatories, as well as a wide variety of multiwavelength investigations at radio (VLBA, VLA, GMRT, ATCA, ALMA) and high-energy (Swift, Chandra, XMM-Newton, NuSTAR) facilities. The successful candidates are expected to substantially contribute to and/or lead some of the efforts above.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  • PhD (or equivalent international degree) or enrolled in a PhD (or equivalent international degree) program
Additional qualifications (required at time of start)
  • PhD (or equivalent international degree)
  • No more than three years of post-degree research experience by start date
Preferred qualifications
  • PhD or equivalent international degree in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, or related field
  • Extensive experience with data reduction and analysis of observations of astronomical transients at radio wavelengths or UV/optical/near-infrared spectroscopy is highly desirable
  • Experience with VLBI data (even outside the field of transients) is a plus.
  • Publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Statement of Research - Maximum of 3 pages.
  • Publication List
  • 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
Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required
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Job location

Berkeley, CA

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