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Postdoctoral research in the Exoplanetary and Comparative Planetary Sciences at JPL/Caltech
Astrophysics/Space Science
JPL/Caltech Postdoctoral Program
Contact: To be selected
Phone: 8183935095
Address: 4800 Oak Grove Drive, MS 180-604, Pasadena, CA 91109
Date Posted: 09/18/2014
Application Deadline: 11/01/2014
Research Opportunity: 0000524
Group Name: Astrophysics
Position Title: Postdoctoral research in the Exoplanetary and Comparative Planetary Sciences at JPL/Caltech

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 Section.

The work will involve independent research in any area in exoplanetary science (theoretical, observational, or instrumental) and will involve working with several scientists, and assist in coordinating collaborative or community efforts across JPL and Caltech. JPL provides a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment for researchers with interests spanning exoplanetary science, astronomy, planetary and earth sciences, as well as many opportunities for collaboration with researchers at the Caltech campus. The successful applicant will be able to select a specific advisor as a mentor at JPL and will carry out research in collaboration with the JPL advisor resulting in publications in the open literature.

Candidates should have a recent PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, planetary science or related fields. Strong preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate willingness and potential to look to the future of the field. Candidates who have completed their doctoral dissertation requirements after June 1, 2011 are eligible. The annual starting salary will be commensurate with the established Caltech postdoctoral rates at JPL, which can vary somewhat according to the selected applicant's qualifications. The appointee will also receive health insurance and additional resources for research-related expenses and will have full access to local facilities, including Palomar Observatory and the JPL Supercomputing Facility. Postdoctoral Scholar positions are awarded for a minimum of one-year period and may be renewed up to a maximum of three years.

Applicants should submit a CV with contact information, a bibliography, and a statement describing their current and proposed research, and should arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to by November 1, 2014 for full consideration. A cover letter outlining JPL and Caltech specific connections and potential collaborations is strongly encouraged.

Caltech and JPL are equal opportunity/affirmative action employers. Women, minorities, veterans, and disabled persons are encouraged to apply.

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