Postdoctoral Scholar

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Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
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Job Description

Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions. IPAC, part of the Physics, Math, and Astronomy Division at Caltech, provides science operations, user support, data and archive services, and scientific vision to maximize discovery with observatories both in space and on the ground.

We invite applications from talented researchers in the field of mid-IR high-resolution spectroscopy of Galactic star forming regions to work with Dr. Roberta Paladini, and a large team of world experts in dust modeling, extinction, start formation, on one of the largest approved James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Cycle-1 proposals, titled: "Unveiling Grain Growth in Very Dense Galactic Cores". The program, based on MIRI MRS observations, aims at constraining grain growth in early stages in very dense molecular cores.

Required Documents

  • A brief cover letter describing your interest in the position
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Publication list
  • Contact information for 3 professional references
  • Summary of previous and current research (limited to 2 pages)

Appointment Details

  • The appointment will be for two years
  • Application materials should be addressed to Dr. Roberta Paladini, and sent to [email protected].
  • Complete applications submitted by January 1st, 2023 will receive full consideration, but review of applications will continue until a suitable candidate has been identified.
  • Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in planetary sciences, astrophysics or related field by the starting date (Spring 2023)

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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.

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Application Details

Publication Start Date
2022 Nov 24
Application Deadline
2023 Jan 02