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Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Comparative Planetary Evolution

Applications Due:
January 1, 2023


The Caltech Center for Comparative Planetary Evolution (3CPE) at the California Institute of Technology solicits applications for a postdoctoral prize fellowship associated with the center. This fellowship will be awarded to an outstanding applicant pursuing research in any area related to planetary science, either within the solar system or beyond, using observational, theoretical, or computational techniques. The 3CPE provides a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment for researchers at Caltech with common interests spanning both astronomy and planetary science. Fellows will also have full access to Caltech's extensive resources, including the Keck and Palomar Observatories and computational facilities.

The fellowship duration is 3 years and will commence in the fall of 2023 with an annual stipend of $74,000, a yearly research fund of $15,000 per year in direct costs, and up to $1,500 for relocation. Fellows are eligible to participate in Caltech’s benefit programs, including health and dental programs.

Applicants for the position must have a PhD in planetary science, astronomy, physics, astrophysics, geology, or an equivalent field by the date of their appointment. Applicants must also be within four years of receiving their PhD (PhD awarded after January 1, 2019). Applicants should submit a CV, list of publications, a statement describing their current and proposed research (4 page single spaced, 12 pt. font, not including figures and references), and three letters of recommendation by January 1, 2023. Offers will be made by Feb. 1, 2023. Questions regarding the fellowship should be directed to Professor Katherine de Kleer (dekleer@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 and have them upload their letters of recommendation.
  4. Upload the following documents (as individual files or in one combined pdf):
    • CV;
    • list of publications;
    • and a statement describing their current and proposed research (4 page single spaced, 12 pt. font, not including figures and references).

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

Postdoctoral positions are term appointments with specific renewal requirements.

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