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Resnick Sustainability Institute

Resnick Postdoctoral Fellowships in Sustainability Science

Applications Due:
December 3, 2017


The Resnick Sustainability Institute Postdoctoral Fellowships were created to engage outstanding recent graduates in projects that explore new directions in sustainability focused scientific research at Caltech. The Fellowships are intended for exceptional young scientists and fellows will be selected on the basis of their academic achievement and the promise of their scientific research.


Applicants must be invited to apply by a Caltech faculty advisor, and must not yet have arrived at Caltech, or must have arrived with their Caltech postdoctoral appointment having begun no earlier than 03/13/2017 to be considered for a fellowship. Candidates are responsible for identifying and connecting with potential faculty advisors.

Candidates may have received their degrees at any university in the world. Foreign nationals are eligible, though proficiency in English is required. The California Institute of Technology is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from female candidates and members of underrepresented minority groups.


The fellowship provides a competitive annual salary plus staff benefits, and comes with a small research discretionary fund. The fellowships are one year guaranteed with the second year contingent on satisfactory review.

To Apply

Please have your Caltech faculty sponsor email rpd@caltech.edu with a nomination request. Upon receiving your nomination, the Resnick Institute will send you an e-mail confirmation with instructions for submitting the remainder of the application. Please do not set up an account on the online portal unless you have received this confirmation.

Application Components

  • A cover letter with a short summary of past work and current research plans
  • CV including list of publications
  • Research plan outlining proposed work (maximum 5 pages, references counted separately)
  • 3 letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the sponsoring Caltech faculty member.


Application components are due online by Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 11:59 pm Pacific. The Institute will notify applicants to confirm receipt of completed application shortly after the closing date. Candidate evaluations will be conducted, and decisions will be made in February 2018.

About the Resnick Sustainability Institute

The Resnick Sustainability Institute at Caltech is dedicated to supporting the cutting-edge science and creative problem solving necessary to change the balance of the world’s sustainability. The Resnick Institute works with some of the world’s top and emerging scientists—at the California Institute of Technology and beyond. Current projects at the Resnick Institute include research into energy generation, such as advanced photovoltaics, photoelectrochemical solar fuels and cellulosic biofuels; energy conversion work on batteries and fuel cells; and energy efficiency and management such as fuel efficient vehicles, green chemical synthesis and advanced research on electrical grid control.

For Further Help:

Please contact us at rpd@caltech.edu.

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, one of which must be from the sponsoring Caltech faculty member, and have them upload their letters of recommendation.
  4. Upload the following documents (as individual files or in one combined pdf):
    • A cover letter with a short summary of past work and current research plans;
    • CV including list of publications;
    • Research plan outlining proposed work (maximum 5 pages, references counted separately);
    • 3 letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the sponsoring Caltech faculty member.

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 626-395-5956 for assistance or contact rpd@caltech.edu.