Open positions in Physics & Astronomy


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
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. A qualified candidate should 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 implementing, operating, and utilizing two microwave diagnostics: Doppler backscattering (DBS) and cross-polarization scattering (CPS) diagnostics at the MAST-U spherical tokamak located at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy, Culham, UK. These diagnostic techniques measure internal density turbulence (DBS), turbulence flows (DBS), and internal magnetic turbulence (CPS). 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, 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 proposing new experiments, leading experimental efforts, data analysis 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 MAST-U spherical tokamak located at Culham, UK. Hiring is contingent on having the right to work in the U.S. and a willingness to relocate to the MAST-U facility located in Culham, UK upon hiring. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, a current CV, and two letters of reference to Dr. Terry Rhodes at trhodes@ucla.edu.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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.


University of California, Los Angeles
Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Physics & Astronomy at UCLA/
                     DIII-D National Fusion Facility

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 science or a related field (engineering, etc.) and have a demonstrated background in experimental science. The Postdoctoral position involves (1) the operation and maintenance of an advanced fast density profile reflectometer system, (2) improvement of the density profile software, and (3) the development of new data analysis techniques to extract density turbulence, coherent mode behavior, etc. This diagnostic techniques measures electron density profiles, turbulence, and coherent modes with good time and spatial resolutions (25 microsec and 0.5 cm). These measurements are used to address important areas of fusion energy and high temperature plasma research including physics of thermal and particle transport, 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. The responsibilities of this position will include experimental efforts, analysis of data using advanced numerical techniques, 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. Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, a current CV, and two letters of reference to Dr. Terry Rhodes at trhodes@ucla.edu.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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.


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

The Infrared Laboratory at UCLA is looking for a qualified person to fill an experimental Postdoctoral Scholar position. A qualified candidate should have received a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics, or a related field and have a demonstrated background in astronomical instrumentation.

The Postdoctoral position involves supporting the development of the HISPEC spectrometers. The HISPEC instrument is being developed for the W.M. Keck Observatory and uses adaptive optics to feed two cryogenic R~100k spectrometers in the near-infrared via single-mode fibers. This instrument is being designed to support spectroscopy of transiting and non-transiting exoplanets in close orbits, direct high-contrast detection, and spectroscopy of spatially separated substellar companions, and exoplanet dynamical mass and orbit measurements using precision radial velocity monitoring calibrated with an ultra-stable laser frequency comb. These are exciting areas of research with significant opportunities for journal publications and public presentations.

We seek applicants with laboratory, technical, and software expertise to support the design and full-scale development of the backend spectrometers. Experience in astronomical or optical instrument development, alignment, and/or testing is required. Experience with and ability to work with the science detector and its readout electronics, including preamplifier design, electronics testing, and performance tuning, are highly preferred. A US driver’s license, to be able to drive between UCLA and collaboration partners in Southern California, is preferred. The responsibilities of this position will include instrument design, assembly, and testing, production of design documentation, participation in formal reviews, writing and publishing results in scientific journals, and oral presentations of results. This work will be performed under the guidance of Prof. Michael Fitzgerald in the UCLA Physics and Astronomy Department. Work will take place onsite at UCLA. Hiring is contingent on having the right to work in the U.S. and a willingness to relocate to UCLA upon hiring. The expected term is one year with the potential for renewal for an additional two years. Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, a current CV, and two letters of reference via the application portal at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF07303. Applications should be received by March 25, 2022.


University of California, Los Angeles
Post-doctoral position on LZ Dark Matter experiment

We invite applications for a post-doctoral position within the dark matter research group at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

The successful candidate will primarily work on the LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) dark matter experiment. The candidate is expected to strongly contribute to LZ data analysis and LZ detector calibrations with regular shifts to Sanford Underground Research Facility where the experiment is located to work on the upgrade and the operation of the different detector calibration systems. The successful candidate is also expected to contribute to R&D projects towards next generation dark matter detectors which will be conducted within the research laboratory at UCLA .

We are looking for an outstanding candidate who has obtained, or is about to obtain, a Ph.D. in experimental particle or astroparticle physics. Applicants with both software and hardware experience in liquefied noble gas detectors are preferred. The regular duration of the position would be two years, with a possible extension upon agreement. Applicants should send a CV, a list of publications to which they made a significant contribution, and a brief statement of research interests to: akamaha@physics.ucla.edu.

Please also arrange for (03) three letters of recommendation to be sent to the same email address. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. However, for full consideration, materials should be submitted by June 30, 2022.

Women and underrepresented minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Contact: Prof. Alvine Kamaha (akamaha@physics.ucla.edu)

Letters of Reference should be sent to: akamaha@physics.ucla.edu

Deadline: June 30, 2022


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

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at UCLA seeks outstanding candidates for a full-time (100%) position as an Assistant Project Scientist in the area of theoretical particle physics and gravitational waves. The position will focus on gravitational wave physics.

Tasks include writing scientific papers. Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. in Physics or a related field, 4+ years postdoctoral experience and a demonstrated background directly applicable to the tasks, including experience with black hole spin and worldline formalism in general relativity. The candidates should also be familiar with scattering amplitude formalisms for general relativity. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a publication list, and a statement of contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Please submit your application materials at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF07755. For full consideration, applications should be received by September 9, 2022.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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
Assistant Project Scientist Position in Physics & Astronomy

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at UCLA seeks outstanding candidates for a full-time (100%) position as an Assistant Project Scientist in the area of High Energy Nuclear and Particle Physics – Theory. The position will focus on Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) and Collider Physics Phenomenology.

Tasks include research in QCD theory and phenomenology, as well as help training graduate and undergraduate students. Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. in Physics or a related field, 3+ years experience and a demonstrated background directly applicable to the tasks, including experience with high energy physics phenomenology and computational/numerical capabilities. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a publication list, a research statement, and a statement of contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Please submit your application materials at https://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/JPF07658. The application deadline is August 18, 2022.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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)