JPL's main business is building and operating robotic spacecraft to observe the Earth, explore the Solar System, and map the universe. Cross-discipline teamwork is standard here, and we work often with colleagues across JPL's science and engineering sections and on Caltech's academic campus. Learning to speak and understand other disciplines' languages is a doorway to the creativity needed to do what has not been done before. JPL scientists also need openness in communicating with partners, flexibility in resolving both technical and teamworking issues, and a willingness to fail early and often so we can succeed when it really counts.
JPL is unique among NASA Centers in that its staff are Caltech employees, yet can access NASA technical resources. Staff are encouraged to create mission concepts that address humanity's core questions through a combination of science and technology. They are supported in developing ideas into proposals and hardware, and in communicating funded missions' results to the scientific community and the broader public. Information about researchers in JPL's Science Division is at http://science.jpl.nasa.gov, and current missions are featured at http://jpl.nasa.gov.
JPL scientists typically move back and forth from fundamental research, to mission concept development, to working with engineering teams, to mission operations, to synthesizing and publishing the findings and informing the next generation of missions. Thus we seek to employ scientists and engineers who are passionate about lifelong learning and excited to both contribute to and lead team efforts. We emphasize the importance of partnering across discipline boundaries and creating a friendly, constructive work environment to overcome space exploration's challenges. Postdoctoral researchers at JPL benefit from an informal mentoring network, an annual conference showcasing their results, a dedicated seminar series, exposure to diverse career paths, and social connections across the JPL and Caltech community for advice on housing, childcare and other aspects of living in southern California.
The JPL Postdoctoral Program invites applications for a postdoctoral research position in JPL's Origin Of The Universe group, located in the Astrophysics and Space Sciences section within the Science division. This opportunity broadly targets research supporting the cosmological science case and program development of ongoing and future large-scale structure surveys, with a particular emphasis on NASA Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST). Dr. Olivier Dore will serve as JPL postdoctoral advisor to the selected candidate. The appointee will carry out research in collaboration with the JPL advisor, resulting in publications in the open literature. The successful candidate will also interact closely with the rest of the Dark Sector group at JPL.
Candidates should have a recent PhD in Astrophysics or Physics with a strong background in cosmology. Applicants are encouraged to explain how their research program applies to large-scale structure surveys and other cosmological probes. Candidates who have received their PhD within the past five years since the date of their application are eligible. Postdoctoral Scholar positions are awarded for a minimum of one-year period and may be renewed up to a maximum duration of three years.
Applicants should submit their CV and other relevant materials to site URL linked below and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.