Staff Scientist (Temporary)

Submission Information
Publish Date: 
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Archive Date: 
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Job Summary
Job Category: 
Scientific/Technical Staff
Institution Classification/Type: 
Small Academic
California Institute of Technology
Street Line 1: 
770 So. Wilson Ave.
Street Line 2: 
MS 100-22
United States of America
Job Announcement Text: 

IPAC at Caltech ( provides science and data management for astronomy and solar system missions (both space and ground telescopes), planning for future projects, and vital science archives. IPAC supports NASA, NSF, and privately funded projects, including: Spitzer, NEOWISE, the Zwicky Transient Facility, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, WFIRST, the Thirty-Meter Telescope, and the US centers for Herschel and Euclid. IPAC operates the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (IRSA), the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED), the NASA Exoplanet Archive (NExScI), and the Keck Observatory Archive (KOA).

IPAC has an immediate opening for a temporary staff scientist who is excited by the prospect of precision astrometry and photometry through the joint processing of pixel level data from Euclid, LSST and WFIRST. The primary responsibility of this position is to contribute to building up joint processing infrastructure capabilities, through a combined analysis of multi-epoch LSST frames with high-resolution, space-based imaging, and spectroscopy from Euclid and WFIRST, which may have different epochs of observations.

The successful candidate will meet the following basic requirements:

PhD in astronomy, physics, computer science or a related field plus at least two years of postdoctoral experience;

Detailed knowledge of astronomical coordinate systems, precision astrometry, photometry (flux cross-calibration at different spatial resolutions), galaxy spectral and morphological classifications, and precision cataloging techniques;

Demonstrated experience in the production, validation, and/or analysis of astronomical data sets.

Preference may be given to candidates with:

Experience manipulating large, diverse and complex data sets, particularly at the pixel level;

Peer-reviewed publications in areas of astronomy that are synergistic with developing joint processing capabilities.

The position is contingent on availability of funding from NASA. Funding is currently available through the end of 2019, with good prospects for continuation. The successful candidate will also be expected to carry out their own independent scientific research and will have access to Palomar Observatory and other facilities.

To apply, please provide a CV, publication list, a short (<2 page) statement of research interests and experience, and the names and contact information of three references to Mary Ellen Barba (  The deadline for receipt of applications is September 17, 2018.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Application Deadline: 
Monday, September 17, 2018
Current Status of Position: 
Accepting Applicants
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Mary Ellen Barba