Staff Scientist

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Monday, September 18, 2017
Archive Date: 
Monday, October 16, 2017
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Large Academic
California Institute of Technology
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

Staff Scientist 


Job Category

Fulltime Term





Benefits Eligible

Benefit Based


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. We thrive on finding and cultivating talented people who are passionate about what they do. Join us and be a part of the diverse Caltech community.


Job Summary


There are two openings for Staff Scientists in Radio Astronomy at Caltech to work on CO line intensity mapping and C-band All-Sky Survey programs.


On the CO line intensity mapping program, Caltech/OVRO and collaborators are building a 19-element Ka-band focal plane array to be deployed on a 10.4 m telescope at the OVRO as part of the CO Mapping Array Pathfinder (COMAP). The receiver is nearing completion and is expected to be commissioned on the telescope in the coming months after which a two-year observing campaign will begin. In this Phase I of COMAP, the science goals will focus on the connection between molecular gas and star formation at z=2-3. Future phases will target z=6-8, towards the end of the Epoch of Reionization.


The C-Band All-Sky Survey (C-BASS) is an international collaboration to image the whole sky at a frequency of 5 GHz, measuring both the brightness and the polarization of the sky. Observations have been completed for the northern part of the survey, and the southern part is under way in South Africa. There are opportunities for participation in observations, data analysis, component separation, and Galactic diffuse emission modeling.


The successful applicants on each of these programs will play a major role in instrumental development and/or calibration, data analysis and writing papers. This is a two-year term assignment located on the Caltech campus in Pasadena, CA.


Job Duties


– Conduct observations with radio telescopes.

– Develop procedures for analysis of data and display/assessment of data quality.

– Participate in outreach and educational activities.

– Publish results in scientific journals and present at conferences.

– Other duties as assigned.


Basic Qualifications


– PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, or radio astronomy.

– Strong teamwork skills and a demonstrated ability to collaborate with coworkers having diverse skills and backgrounds.

– Excellent written and oral communication skills.

– Proficiency with standard computing applications (e.g., Word, Excel, and web applications).

– The successful candidate must be able to work a varied schedule during observing runs; this may include evenings, overnights, weekends, and holidays.

– Must be able to travel to and spend significant amounts of time at the Owens Valley Radio Observatory and internationally to work with collaborators in locations including Europe or South Africa.


Preferred Qualifications


– Experience developing, testing or operating scientific or other precision instrumentation, and data acquisition systems.

– Familiarity with the C/C++, Matlab or Python programming languages and the UNIX operating systems.

– Experience in software development.


Required Documents


– Resume

– Curriculum Vitae

– Statement of Purpose

– Two reference letters addressed to Anthony Readhead, California Institute of Technology, 1200 East California Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91125


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Application Deadline: 
Monday, October 16, 2017
Selection Deadline: 
Monday, October 16, 2017
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