California Institute of Technology, Physics, Mathematics & Astronomy Division

Position ID:Caltech-PMA-IQIMPD [#25876]
Position Title: IQIM Postdoctoral Scholars
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Pasadena, California 91125, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Gravitational Physics
Condensed Matter Physics
Quantum Optics
Quantum Information Science
Physics / Optics and Photonics
Starting Date:2024/09/01
Salary Range:$75,000
Appl Deadline:2023/11/15 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2023/09/25, finished 2024/05/18, listed until 2024/02/29)
Position Description:   URMs  

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The Institute for Quantum Information and Matter (IQIM) at Caltech invites applications for postdoctoral scholar positions in quantum science to begin in the fall 2024. IQIM research spans Caltech’s departments of physics, applied physics, materials science, electrical engineering, computer science, and chemistry, and addresses a wide variety of experimental and theoretical research topics. These topics include, but are not limited to, quantum information science, quantum many-body physics in condensed matter and atomic systems, topological states of matter, quantum optics and light-matter interactions at the quantum level, quantum cavity-optomechanics, and quantum metrology. IQIM also has active visitor, seminar, and outreach programs.


Applicants will be asked to name at least one Caltech faculty member they would like to work with. That faculty member need not be affiliated currently with IQIM.


Electronic copies of your curriculum vitae, publication list (refereed papers on top), statement of research interests (no more than 5 pages, excluding references), and three letters of recommendation are required.


Review of applications begins on November 15, 2023; applicants are strongly encouraged to submit all materials by that date. 


The appointment is contingent upon completion of a Ph.D.


Applicants should submit curriculum vitae, 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.


Qualifications and terms of appointment:

Applicant must have or should expect to receive a PhD by the time the fellowship begins

Applicants who are currently employed as postdocs are eligible

Appointment is for 3 years

Salary is $75,000 in the first year

An annual research fund will be provided 

One-time allowance to assist with the move

Annual vacations: 21 days, not including Caltech Holidays

Annual sick leave: 15 days

Health, dental, and vision insurance

Process timeline:

September 25, 2023: Applications are accepted

November 15, 2023: Deadline for applications, including reference letters **

Mid-December 2023 – End of February 2024: Offers 

** In recognition of the impact that recent events may have on junior scholars from various parts of the world, we are allowing a grace period of up to two weeks only for applicants who are directly affected by war or disaster. For such applicants, the updated deadline for both applications and reference letters will be Wednesday, November 29.  If you plan to submit your application during this grace period, please contact ahead of time so that our review committees can plan accordingly.

As one of the largest employers in Pasadena, CA, Caltech is committed to providing comprehensive benefits to eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Our benefits package includes competitive compensation, health, dental, and vision insurance, retirement savings plans, generous paid time off, parental leave, tuition reimbursement, and more. Learn more about our benefits and who is eligible.

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. To read more Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) go to eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf.
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1200 E. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91125