Date Posted: 11/22/2010 Application Deadline: 09/30/2011 Job Number: 0000187 Section: 7000 Group Name: Evolution of Stars and Galaxies
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) Postdoctoral Scholars Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in JPL’s Astrophysics and Space Sciences Research Element.
This position will involve carrying out observations and developing models for analysis and interpretation of data on molecular clouds, cloud cores, and star formation. A major focus of the work will be data from the Herschel Space Observatory, launched in May 2009. JPL scientists have a major involvement in this mission and have guaranteed observing time and involvement in three Herschel Open Time Key Projects.
In preparing for Herschel, a variety of observations will be critical, including submillimeter spectral line and continuum data from the Caltech Submillimeter Observatory, to which JPL staff have access and the CARMA interferometer. The individual in this position will be expected to carry out his/her program of research and to collaborate with other staff members in observations leading to and complementary to Herschel. In addition, we expect this person to contribute to maintaining and developing a number of data reduction and analysis software packages that will be of general use. Candidates should have experience in mm/submm observations, data reduction, and modeling of physics, chemistry, excitation, and radiative transfer in the interstellar medium.
Paul Goldsmith, Senior Research Scientist and Chief Technologist in JPL’s Astronomy and Physics Directorate, will serve as JPL postdoctoral advisor to the selected candidate. The appointee will be guided by the JPL advisor to ensure that the research work will result in publications in the open literature. Candidates who have received their PhD within the past five years since the date of their application are eligible. The annual starting salary for a recent Ph.D. is US$52,000 and can vary somewhat according to the applicant’s qualifications. Postdoctoral scholars positions are awarded for a one-year period. Appointments may be renewed in one-year increments for a maximum addition of two years.
Please send a letter describing research interests, a curriculum vitae, and a list of three references (with telephone numbers, Email, and postal addresses) to Dr. Paul F. Goldsmith, JPL, MS 180-703, 4800 Oak Grove Drive, Pasadena CA 91109-8099 USA; Tel: +1-818-393-0518 or Email Paul.F.Goldsmith@jpl.nasa.gov.
Caltech and JPL are equal opportunity / affirmative action employers. Women, Minorities, veterans, and disabled persons are encouraged to apply.