JPL is unique among NASA Centers in that its staff are Caltech employees, yet can access NASA technical resources. Cross-discipline teamwork is standard here: colleagues across JPL's science and engineering organizations and on Caltech's academic campus often work together. Learning to speak and understand other disciplines' languages is a doorway to the creativity needed to do what has not been done before. JPL 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. JPL seeks 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. The Postdoctoral scholars 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 selected candidate will conduct independent research on salient issues in cosmology. Dr. Olivier Doré, in JPL's Astrophysics and Space Sciences section will serve as JPL postdoctoral advisor to the selected candidate. The appointee will be guided by the JPL advisor to ensure that the research work will result in publications in the open literature.
Candidates should have a recent PhD in Astrophysics or Physics with a strong background in cosmology and astrophysics. Applicants in all areas of cosmology are encouraged to apply. However, applicants with proven credentials in large data handling (Planck, radio, optical) and with research projects discussing, amongst other things, extra-galactic backgrounds and dust extinction maps, in the post-Planck era will be given particular attention. 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.
Please submit a research statement and curriculum vitae to this site linked below, and arrange for three reference letters to be sent to Dr. Olivier Doré, firstname.lastname@example.org.