Postdoctoral Fellowship in Time Domain Astronomy

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Monday, November 15, 2021
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Monday, January 10, 2022
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Post-doctoral Positions and Fellowships
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Small Academic
California Institute of Technology
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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Time Domain Astronomy

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.

Please apply online to .

Deadline for the application is JANUARY 15, 2022. Email inquiries regarding the application process may be sent to [email protected].

Caltech is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.

Application Deadline: 
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Selection Deadline: 
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
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