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:

  • Infrared transient discoveries with the Spitzer InfaRed Intensive Transients Survey (SPIRITS)
  • Optical transient discoveries with the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF)
  • An international transient follow-up network with the Global Relay of Observatories Watching Transients Happen (GROWTH)

Associated faculty are Prof. Mansi Kasliwal, Tom Prince and Shri Kulkarni. Scientific interest in any area of time domain astronomy is welcome, e.g. asteroids, electromagnetic counterparts to gravitational waves, supernovae, stellar mergers. Applicants willing to spend some time undertaking software and hardware challenges will be given special consideration. This position starts September 2016 or even 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.

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