University of California, Berkeley, Nuclear Astrophysics Theory Group

Position ID:University of California, Berkeley-Nuclear Astrophysics Theory Group-UCBNT [#25804]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Positions in Theoretical Astrophysics and Nuclear Physics
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Berkeley, California 94720-0001, United States
Subject Areas: Astrophysics / Theoretical Astrophysics, Computational Astrophysics
Nuclear Physics / Low-energy nuclear theory, Lattice QCD, Nuclear astrophysics
Nuclear astrophysics / Nuclear astrophysics
Appl Deadline:2023/12/08 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2023/09/19, listed until 2024/03/19)
Position Description:    

One or more postdoctoral positions in Theoretical Nuclear Physics and Astrophysics at the University of California, Berkeley, are expected to be available beginning Fall 2024.  The positions are for three years, contingent on satisfactory performance and funding.

We encourage applications from all subfields of nuclear physics and astrophysics.  Areas of special interests this year include:

  • Theoretical/computational nuclear astrophysics, broadly defined. This position would be connected with Berkeley’s program on explosive astrophysics, nucleosynthesis, and the modeling and analysis of supernovae, neutron star mergers, and other astronomical transients.  
  • Low energy tests of fundamental symmetries, including double beta decay, electric dipole moments, and parity non-conservation.  The successful candidate would be affiliated with the DOE Topical Collaboration on New Physics and the NSF Physics Frontier Center N3AS.
  • Lattice QCD and related hadronic physics, including QCD spectroscopy.  The successful candidate would be associated with the DOE Topical Collaboration ExoHad.

The group includes faculty members Dan Kasen, Raúl Briceño, and Wick Haxton.  The new postdocs will join a vibrant group of young scholars associated with the NSF Physics Frontier Center N3AS, the Berkeley Theoretical Astrophysics Center, the Berkeley Riken Center, and the Centre Pierre Binetruy.  The campus group is part of a larger nuclear theory and astrophysics group that includes colleagues at LBL, Volker Koch, Andre Walker-Loud, Xin-Nian Wang, and Feng Yuan.   LBL research strengths include QCD matter at high temperatures and densities, lattice QCD, and the physics of the EIC.

Successful candidates must have a recent Ph.D. in theoretical physics/astrophysics and the ability to work productively within Berkeley's diverse research environment, including the production and publication of original research and the effective presentation of research results in seminars and at scientific meetings. The anticipated annual salary is $76K, with a generous allowance for research and travel funds. 

Requested application materials: Please submit your CV, a publication list, a statement of research interest, and arrange for three letters of reference.  Materials should be submitted online at AJO. To ensure full consideration, interested candidates are requested to submit their applications before the deadline of December 8, 2023.

UC Berkeley 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.

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Department of Physics, UC Berkeley