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Astronomy and Astrophysics Department: IMPS Postdoctoral Scholar (Open until filled, initial application deadline 12/14/18)

Recruitment Period

Open date: September 12th, 2018
Last review date: December 14th, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: September 30th, 2019
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.


The Inter Stellar+Galactic Medium Program of Studies (IMPS) at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar, under the direction of Professor J. Xavier Prochaska in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics ( The IMPS combines observational, numerical, and analytical studies of the I(S+G)M and of galaxy and star formation, and includes UCSC faculty Aguirre, Mathews, Madau, Robertson, and Prochaska. Details on the program can be found at The Postdoctoral Scholar will conduct forefront research on topics related to diffuse gas in the universe. Observers and theorists interested in I(S+G)M research, galaxy/IGM interactions, and star formation are encouraged to apply. This position will require the selected candidate to work independently yet collegially in a team environment. Along with other group members, the incumbent will have access to the Keck and Lick Observatories, data from the DESI experiment, and the Hyades super computer at UCSC.

Applicants with any of the following qualifications are strongly encouraged to apply: expertise in galaxy formation; expertise in chemical enrichment; expertise in star formation; a demonstrated record of publication; and/or experience with proposal writing.

Postdoctoral Scholar

Starting salary is $54,780, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Annual salary rates must meet the minimum for an individual’s Experience Level, which is determined by the total number of months of postdoctoral service at any institution. See the current salary scales for Postdoctoral Titles at


  • Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in Astronomy, Physics, Astrophysics, or a related field.
  • A minimum of three years post-baccalaureate research experience in the fields of the interstellar or intergalactic medium at the time of application.

August 1, 2019. This is negotiable, but must be available to start no later than November 1, 2019. Ph.D. must be in hand at the time of initial appointment. Initial appointment will be for one year, with the possibility of reappointment (for up to a total of three years).

Postdoctoral Scholar appointments are full-time; the initial appointment is for a minimum of one year, with the possibility of reappointment. Reappointment will be contingent upon positive performance review and availability of funding. The total duration of an individual’s postdoctoral service may not exceed five years, including postdoctoral service at any institution. Under limited circumstances, an exception to this limit may be considered, not to exceed a sixth year.

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

Please refer to Position # JPF00642-19T in all correspondence.


  • Two-page letter of application that summarizes your relevant experience and research plans (required)
  • Curriculum vitae (required)
  • List of publications (required)

Reference Requirement
Applications must include three confidential letters of recommendation*. Note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by December 15, 2018. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been 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. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

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Job location

Santa Cruz, CA


Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Two-page letter of application that summarizes your relevant experience and research plans

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • List of publications

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

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