Open positions in Physics & Astronomy



University of California, Los Angeles
ASSISTANT RESEARCHER POSITION IN PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY

ASSISTANT RESEARCHER POSITION IN PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY The Department of Physics & Astronomy at UCLA seeks applications for a full-time (100%) Assistant Researcher in the area of Galactic Center science. Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. in Astronomy or a related field and a demonstrated background in Galactic Center Science. The candidate will participate in the effort to probe dark matter and new physics (e.g., tests of general relativity and probes of a possible 5th force) around the Galactic supermassive black hole carried out by the Galactic Center Group through analysis of stellar orbits. The position will involve observing, data reduction, analysis and managing of the group’s database. The successful candidate will: (1) manage and organize the reduction and analysis of near-infrared spectroscopic data from ground-based observations obtained with W. M. Keck Observatory, (2) apply their expertise in Galactic center science and adaptive optics data analysis to improve the determinations of stellar orbits, and (3) will be expected to write observing proposals, lead observing runs, write peer-reviewed manuscripts, give presentations at conferences, and co-supervise students. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a publication list, a research statement and a statement on equity, diversity and inclusion. Please submit your application materials at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF05824.
The deadline for applications is September 25, 2020.

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 or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy Policy (http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct).


University of California, Los Angeles
ASSISTANT PROJECT SCIENTIST POSITION IN PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY

ASSISTANT PROJECT SCIENTIST POSITION IN PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY The Plasma Diagnostics Group (PDG) in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at UCLA seeks outstanding candidates for a position as an Assistant Project Scientist in the area of Plasma and Fusion Physics. The position will focus on the development and application of advanced millimeter wave diagnostic techniques to measure helicon wave (a.k.a. fast magnetosonic wave) amplitude and spatial power distribution in radio frequency current drive experiments on the DIII-D tokamak at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego, California. The experimental effort, to be performed in collaboration with the DIII-D Team, will play a critical role in advancing the physics basis for helicon wave current drive as a reactor-relevant current drive capability. Tasks include (1) commissioning and operating a new, dedicated millimeter wave diagnostic for helicon wave measurements in DIII-D, (2) exploiting the new diagnostic to measure the amplitude and spatial distribution of antenna-launched helicon wave power in DIII-D, and (3) leading and participating in experiments in collaboration with DIII-D researchers and code experts to (a) validate predictive capabilities for helicon wave propagation and current drive, including the AORSA full wave code and the GENRAY ray tracing code (b) and evaluate helicon current drive efficiency. The Assistant Project Scientist will be stationed in San Diego, at the DIII-D facility, but would be expected to make frequent trips to UCLA to work with researchers at UCLA.
The initial appointment will be for a 2-year period, with the possibility of renewal subject to satisfactory performance and renewal of funding. Salary will follow standards for Project Scientist Series and will scale with the applicant’s experience. Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. in Physics or a related field, at least 4 years subsequent experience and a demonstrated background directly applicable to the tasks, including significant experience with plasma diagnostic hardware. Experience with millimeter wave hardware and quasi-optical systems are significant pluses. Hiring is contingent on having the right to work in the U.S. and a willingness to relocate to San Diego upon hiring. Candidates must also be willing to work in the DIII-D facility under the provisions for visitors to the facility during the COVID-19 pandemic (https://www.ga.com/legal/covid-19-visitor-information). Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a publication list and arrange for 2-3 letters of reference to be uploaded to UCLA Academic Recruit. Candidates may optionally provide a statement that describes their past, present, and planned contributions to equity, diversity, and/or inclusion. Please submit your application materials at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF05825. For full consideration, applications should be received by September 25, 2020. Review of applications will start on September 25, 2020. However, applications will be accepted until October 30, 2020. 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
(http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct)


University of California, Los Angeles
POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER POSITION IN PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY

The Plasma Diagnostics Group (PDG) in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at UCLA seeks outstanding candidates for a position as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the area of Plasma and Fusion Physics. The position will focus on the development and application of advanced millimeter wave diagnostic techniques to measure helicon wave (a.k.a. fast magnetosonic wave) amplitude and spatial power distribution in radio frequency current drive experiments on the DIII-D tokamak at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility in San Diego, California. The experimental effort, to be performed in collaboration with the DIII-D Team, will play a critical role in advancing the physics basis for helicon wave current drive as a reactor-relevant current drive capability. Tasks include (1) commissioning and operating a new, dedicated millimeter wave diagnostic for helicon wave measurements in DIII-D, (2) exploiting the new diagnostic to measure the amplitude and spatial distribution of antenna-launched helicon wave power in DIII- D, and (3) leading and participating in experiments in collaboration with DIII-D researchers and code experts to (a) validate predictive capabilities for helicon wave propagation and current drive, including the AORSA full wave code and the GENRAY ray tracing code (b) and evaluate helicon current drive efficiency. The Postdoctoral Researcher will be stationed in San Diego, at the DIII-D facility, but would be expected to make frequent trips to UCLA to work with researchers at UCLA.

The initial appointment will be for a 12-month period, with the possibility of renewal for an additional 24 months subject to satisfactory performance and renewal of funding. Salary will follow standards for Postdoctoral Researchers and will scale with the applicant’s experience. Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. in Physics or a related field, and a demonstrated background directly applicable to the tasks. Experience with millimeter wave hardware and quasi-optical systems are significant pluses. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a publication list and arrange for 2-3 letters of reference to be uploaded to UCLA Academic Recruit. Candidates may optionally provide a statement that describes their past, present, and planned contributions to equity, diversity, and/or inclusion. Please submit your application materials at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF05495.The initial appointment will be for a 12-month period, with the possibility of renewal for an additional 24 months subject to satisfactory performance and renewal of funding. Salary will follow standards for Postdoctoral Researchers and will scale with the applicant’s experience. Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. in Physics or a related field and a demonstrated background directly applicable to the tasks, including significant experience with plasma diagnostic hardware. Experience with millimeter wave hardware and quasi-optical systems are significant pluses. Hiring is contingent on having the right to work in the U.S. and a willingness to relocate to San Diego upon hiring. Candidates must also be willing to work in the DIII-D facility under the provisions for visitors to the facility during the COVID-19 pandemic (https://www.ga.com/legal/covid-19-visitor-information). Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a publication list and arrange for 2-3 letters of reference to be sent to Dr. Neal A. Crocker (ncrocker@physics.ucla.edu). Review of applications will start on September 25, 2020. However, applications will be accepted until the search until October 30, 2020.

Tshe 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 Policybr
( http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct)


University of California, Los Angeles
STROBE Postdoctoral Fellow Position

The University of California at Los Angeles and the STROBE NSF Science & Technology Center are seeking candidates for a SROBE Postdoctoral Fellow to work in atomic electron tomography, coherent diffractive imaging (CDI) and/or ptychography. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to use state-of-the-art electron microscopes and/or coherent X-ray sources to study quantum, energy, disordered, and/or biological materials. Experience in S/TEM, CDI / ptychography, computational methods, phase retrieval, X-ray/electron imaging/diffraction or material characterization is preferred, but candidates with a strong background in other areas will be equally considered. Applicants should send a CV and a list of publications to Prof. John Miao (miao@physics.ucla.edu).

For more information, please visit www.physics.ucla.edu/research/imaging.

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 or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy Policy (http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct).


University of California, Los Angeles
Assistant Project Scientist Position in Physics & Astronomy at UCLA

The Plasma Diagnostics Group at UCLA is looking for a qualified person to fill an experimental Assistant Project Scientist position. Qualified candidates will have received a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics or a related field, have a demonstrated background in experimental plasma physics and software programming (e.g. matlab, IDL, or python), and examples of first author publications. The Project Scientist position involves (1) the use of advanced Doppler backscattering (DBS), cross-polarization scattering (CPS) techniques, and correlation electron cyclotron emission diagnostics (CECE) and (2) the development of new, advanced synthetic turbulence diagnostics for CPS, DBS, and CECE. These diagnostic techniques measure internal density turbulence and flows (DBS), internal magnetic turbulence (CPS), and internal electron temperature turbulence and radial correlation lengths (CECE). These measurements are used to address important areas of fusion energy and high temperature plasma research including physics of plasma turbulence, thermal and particle transport, flows, spatial asymmetries, testing of simulations against experimental data using the synthetic diagnostics developed here, etc. These are very exciting areas of research with significant opportunities for journal publications and public presentations. We seek applicants with laboratory, technical, and software expertise. Experience with microwave diagnostics is a plus but is not required. The responsibilities of this position will include leading of experimental efforts, development of advanced synthetic diagnostics, analysis of data using advanced numerical techniques, close participation in experimental efforts, writing and publishing results in scientific journals, and oral presentations of results. This work will be performed under the guidance of a Researcher in the UCLA Physics and Astronomy Department. Work will take place onsite at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility located in San Diego, CA. Hiring is contingent on having the right to work in the U.S. and a willingness to relocate to San Diego upon hiring. Candidates must also be willing to work in the DIII-D facility under the provisions for visitors to the facility during the COVID-19 pandemic (https://www.ga.com/legal/covid-19-visitor-information). Candidates should provide a letter of interest, a recent curriculum vitae, a publication list and arrange for 2 letters of reference to be uploaded to UCLA Academic Recruit. Candidates may also optionally provide a statement that describes their past, present, and planned contributions to equity, diversity, and/or inclusion. Please submit your application materials at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF05838. The deadline for applications is Sept. 30, 2020. 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 nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see University of California Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct).


University of California, Los Angeles
Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Physics & Astronomy at UCLA

The Plasma Diagnostics Group at UCLA is looking for a qualified person to fill an experimental Postdoctoral Scholar position. Qualified candidates will have received a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics or a related field and have a demonstrated background in experimental plasma physics. The Postdoctoral position involves (1) the use of advanced Doppler backscattering (DBS), cross-polarization scattering (CPS) techniques, and correlation electron cyclotron emission diagnostics (CECE) and (2) the development of new, advanced synthetic turbulence diagnostics for CPS, DBS, and CECE. These diagnostic techniques measure internal density turbulence and flows (DBS), internal magnetic turbulence (CPS), and internal electron temperature turbulence and radial correlation lengths (CECE). These measurements are used to address important areas of fusion energy and high temperature plasma research including physics of plasma turbulence, thermal and particle transport, flows, spatial asymmetries, testing of simulations against experimental data using the synthetic diagnostics developed here, etc. These are very exciting areas of research with significant opportunities for journal publications and public presentations. We seek applicants with laboratory, technical, and software expertise. Experience with microwave diagnostics is a plus but is not required. The responsibilities of this position will include leading of experimental efforts, development of advanced synthetic diagnostics, analysis of data using advanced numerical techniques, close participation in experimental efforts, writing and publishing results in scientific journals, and oral presentations of results. This work will be performed under the guidance of a Researcher in the UCLA Physics and Astronomy Department. Work will take place onsite at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility located in San Diego, CA. Hiring is contingent on having the right to work in the U.S. and a willingness to relocate to San Diego upon hiring. Candidates must also be willing to work in the DIII-D facility under the provisions for visitors to the facility during the COVID-19 pandemic (https://www.ga.com/legal/covid-19-visitor- information).Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, a current CV, and two letters of reference to Dr. Terry Rhodes at trhodes@ucla.edu.


University of California, Los Angeles
ASSISTANT RESEARCHER POSITION IN PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY

ASSISTANT RESEARCHER POSITION IN PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY The Department of Physics & Astronomy at UCLA seeks applications for a full-time (100%) Assistant Researcher in experimental plasma physics. Highly qualified applications may also be considered for appointment at the Associate Researcher level. The researcher will be associated with the Basic Plasma Science Facility (BaPSF) at UCLA, a DOE and NSF funded national user facility for fundamental plasma science. The duties of the position include the performance of an independent research program using the facility and direct support of the operation of the user facility (which may include maintenance of hardware/software infrastructure, design and implementation of state-of-the-art facility improvements, and assisting external users with the execution of their experiments).

Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. in Physics or a related field, and a demonstrated background directly relevant to the duties described above. Ideally, the candidate should have a few years of related work experience following receipt of a Ph.D. Experience with design, fabrication, and operation of experimental apparatus, plasma diagnostics, and/or high-power electronics relevant to a mid-scale plasma experimental facility is highly desirable. Candidates should provide: a curriculum vitae; a statement of research interests; a publication list; a statement of contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion; and should arrange for 2-3 letters of reference to be uploaded to UCLA Academic Recruit. Please submit your application materials at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF05882. For full consideration, applications should be received by December 1, 2020. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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 at https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscriminatioHarassmentAffirmAction.


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