Established six decades ago, UC Berkeley’s Space Sciences Laboratory (SSL) was the realization of NASA’s vision to gather many of the most innovative and dedicated science minds in one place at the University of California, Berkeley. On the hill above Berkeley, physicists, researchers, biologists, engineers and technicians worked in unison: interacting, learning from one another, leading, challenging and inspiring one another in creating cutting-edge space science instrumentation and conducting top research. Through sixty years of NASA-funded support, their efforts, and those of hundreds of dedicated students and staff, have brought about myriad highlights, such as the space science missions of S3-3, ISEE, Polar, FAST, Van Allen Probes, Cluster, IMAGE, THEMIS, MAVEN, Parker Solar Probe, and ICON. All have contributed to new discoveries about the physics of space and initiated marked new advances in instrumentation technology.
The successful candidate will pursue studies involving the analysis of observations from NASA’s Van Allen Probes and Magnetospheric Multi-Scales mission along with other relevant in-situ or ground based assets. The research concerns wave-particle interactions in low frequency field variations and the consequences of these interactions on the plasma environments in which they occur. Specific environments of interest include Earth’s radiations belts, the plasma sheet and above terrestrial aurorae. The intended research will involve the application and development of spectral analysis techniques to fields measurements, associated analyses of particle observations and the interpretation of these through theoretical models and numerical simulation where appropriate. The successful candidate will present results from their efforts at domestic and international meetings, and collaborate with the science working groups of the associated spaceflight missions. Experience in the analysis of space-borne fields and particle instrumentation is required and familiarity with the SPEDAS analysis software suite is an advantage. It is preferable if the candidate is acquainted with the study of particle interactions with low frequency waves in space plasmas. Self-motivated candidates are encouraged to apply.