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Cecil & Sally Drinkward Postdoctoral Research Scholar Position

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Open until filled.


The Mechanical and Civil Engineering (MCE) Department at the California Institute of Technology invites applications for a Cecil & Sally Drinkward postdoctoral research scholar position in civil engineering. The intent of the program is to support innovative early career scientists in making a significant, original research contribution. The potential research areas include (but are not limited to) mechanics of solids and fluids, granular matter, geohazards, materials science and engineering, energy, structural sensing systems, infrastructure systems, and their control, resilience, and sustainability. The postdoctoral research scholars are expected to concentrate on their research and writing; collaborate with the MCE and Caltech research community; mentor graduate and undergraduate students; and give public seminars/lectures on their research.

The duration of the appointment is one year, with a start date between Oct. 1, 2018 and Jan. 1, 2019, an annual stipend of $60,000, and a research expense fund of $5,000. One-year reappointment is possible subject to performance and availability of funds. Only those who have received the Ph.D. after June 30, 2016 and do not hold a tenure-track position are eligible to apply. All fellows must have successfully defended their dissertations prior to the commencement of the appointment.

The application review will begin on March 12, 2018, and continue until the position is filled.

If there are any questions about the application process, please contact

Instructions for Applicants

  1. Create an account.
  2. Fill out the application form.
  3. After you submit your application form send the link that is provided to your three references and have them upload their letters of recommendation.
  4. Upload the following documents (as individual files or in one combined pdf):
    • Curriculum vitae;
    • One-page statement of research interests that, in part, reflects on the relation of the applicant’s interests to the ongoing research in MCE and identifies potential MCE faculty hosts
    • One or two research papers or dissertation chapters related to the candidate’s major research theme.

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.

Caltech is committed to working with and providing access and reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical or mental disabilities. To request disability accommodations for any part of the interview or hiring process, please contact 626-395-4107 for assistance or contact