California Institute of Technology, Physics, Mathematics & Astronomy Division

Fellowship ID:Caltech-PMA-TDAPD [#20438]
Fellowship Title: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Time Domain Astronomy
Fellowship Type:Postdoctoral
Location:Pasadena, California 91125, United States [map]
Subject Area: Astronomy
Appl Deadline:2022/01/15 11:59PMhelp popup** finished (2021/11/08, finished 2022/04/22, listed until 2022/01/31)

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The Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy at Caltech will offer one or more postdoctoral fellowships in time domain astronomy. Active research projects include:
  • Supernova studies with the Bright Transient Survey of the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF)
  • Machine learning and astroinformatics, including work connected with the new NSF-funded HDR Accelerated AI Algorithms for Data-Driven Discovery Institute (
  • Infrared transient and variable searches with the ongoing Palomar Gattini-IR survey and upcoming Widefield INfrared Transient ExploreR (WINTER) survey
  • Data mining of extensive light curve archives for systematic studies of AGN variability and a variety of variable stars.

Associated faculty are Professors Matthew Graham, Mansi Kasliwal, Shri Kulkarni and Tom Prince. Technical and observational investigations are underway in several areas of optical and infrared time domain astronomy including supernovae, fast radio bursts, gravitational wave counterparts, magnetars, quasars/AGN, exoplanets and compact Galactic binary systems. Postdoctoral fellows will also have the opportunity to interact frequently with Caltech, KITP, and Berkeley faculty through the ZTF Theory Network. Postdocs interested in theory should apply for the Burke Fellowship. Where relevant, this position may be combined with opportunities at other institutional members of the ZTF partnership.

The postdoctoral fellowship position will start September 1, 2022 or earlier. The duration of the fellowship is up to three years: an initial one-year appointment with annual renewals contingent upon satisfactory performance and availability of funds. Fellowship recipients will have the opportunity to propose for time on all of Caltech's astronomical facilities, including those at Palomar Observatory and at the W. M. Keck Observatory.

The PMA Division also has Prize Postdoctoral Fellowships available in theoretical astrophysics and experimental astrophysics

Electronic copies of the curriculum vitae with email address and with citizenship indicated, publications list (indicate articles which appeared in refereed journals), and statement of research interests are required. Electronic Portable Document Format (PDF) submittals are preferred. The applicant is requested to ensure that at least three letters of recommendation are provided or sent directly to Caltech.

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