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Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences

The O.K. Earl and the Texaco Postdoctoral Fellowships

Applications Due:
December 1, 2020

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The California Institute of Technology will offer two fellowships in Geological and Planetary Sciences beginning in the Fall of 2021. The O.K. Earl and Texaco Postdoctoral Fellowships are awards funded by endowments from Orrin K. Earl, Jr. and the Texaco Philanthropic Foundation. Each fellowship carries an annual stipend of $63,500 plus a research expense fund of $5,000 and up to $1,500 for one-way travel costs to Pasadena. The duration of the appointment is normally two years, contingent upon completion of the Ph.D. degree and good progress in the first year. Fellows are eligible to participate in Caltech’s benefit programs, including health and dental programs.

This fellowship has been established to support the research of scientists typically within two years after receipt of the Ph.D. The twin goals of the program are to identify and support innovative and creative work in the Earth and planetary sciences, with particular emphasis on interdisciplinary work, and to nurture the careers of exceptional individuals who contribute to building the diversity and inclusivity of the scientific enterprise. Applicants with training in physics, chemistry, biology, or computer sciences are urged to apply. The Division is currently active in geobiology, geochemistry, geology, geophysics, petrology, seismology, environmental science and engineering, and atmospheric and planetary sciences. It is expected that the fellowship recipient be hosted by one or more division professors (designated by the Chair) who will provide both financial support and mentorship.

Materials in support of an application should include curriculum vitae, list of publications, a one-page statement of research interests, and three letters of reference. Complete applications including letters of reference are due by December 1, 2020

Fellowship candidates will automatically be considered for other available postdoctoral positions at Caltech in their fields of interest.

If there are any questions during the search process, please contact Jen Shechet at shechet@gps.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):
    • curriculum vitae;
    • list of publications;
    • and a one-page statement of research interests.

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. Caltech is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. Click here to read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO).

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 626-395-6111 for assistance or contact shechet@gps.caltech.edu.