California Institute of Technology, Physics, Mathematics & Astronomy Division

Prize ID:Caltech-PMA-ASTROPD [#22239]
Prize Title: Prize Fellows in Observational Astronomy or Astroinformatics
Prize Type:Postdoctoral
Location:Pasadena, California 91125, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Astronomy / Observational, Astroinformatics
Appl Deadline:2022/11/15 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2022/08/29, finished 2023/02/24)
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The Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) solicits applications for a prize postdoctoral fellowship program in observational astronomy or astroinformatics, broadly defined to include observers working at any wavelength, in data-driven astronomy or astroinformatics, and in multi-messenger astrophysics. The Prize Fellowship is to begin in the Fall 2023 and offers an opportunity for outstanding recent and new Ph.D. recipients to perform research at Caltech for three years. They are selected by a faculty committee at Caltech representing all areas of observational astronomy and data science, and are provided with: 

  • flexibility, support, and freedom in choosing research direction within astronomy and astrophysics (including but not limited to exoplanets, time-domain astronomy, extragalactic astronomy, stellar astronomy, multi-messenger astrophysics, data science, machine learning, algorithms), 
  • an inclusive environment with faculty mentorship and activities organized to promote scientific exchanges and professional growth, and 
  • an annual salary and an annual research fund that are comparable to those of other prestigious fellowships. 

This Fellowship program significantly expands and strengthens the existing Prize Fellowship program at Caltech. Applicants should submit curriculum vitae (with email address and citizenship), a statement of research interests (no more than 5 pages, excluding references), and a list of publications (refereed papers on top). Applicants should also ensure that at least three letters of reference are submitted on their behalf.

Applicants whose primary focus is theoretical astrophysics should apply to the Burke Institute Prize Fellowships, and those whose primary focus is experimental astrophysics and/or instrumentation should apply to the Prize Fellowships in Experimental Physics or Astrophysics.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Caltech is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. Click here to read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO).

Caltech is committed to working with and providing access and reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical or mental disabilities. To request disability accommodations for any part of the interview or hiring process, please reach out to the contact on the job posting. 

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