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Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences

The O.K. Earl Postdoctoral Fellowship at the California Institute of Technology

Applications Due:
November 10, 2023


The California Institute of Technology is offering the O.K. Earl fellowship in Geological and Planetary Sciences beginning in the fall of 2024. The O.K. Earl Fellowship is funded by an endowment from Orrin K. Earl, Jr. to support the research of scientists typically within two years after receipt of the Ph.D. Its goal is 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 a diverse and inclusive scientific workforce. Applicants with training in physics, chemistry, biology, or computer sciences are encouraged to apply. The Division is currently active in geobiology, geochemistry, geology, geophysics, petrology, seismology, atmospheric, oceanic, and planetary sciences.

This fellowship carries an annual stipend of $74,000 plus a research expense fund of $10,000/year and up to $1,500 for one-way travel costs to Pasadena. The duration of the appointment is two years, contingent upon completion of a 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. It is expected that the fellowship recipient be hosted by one or more division professors (designated by the Chair) who will provide 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 November 10, 2023.

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

The salary range is $68,000 - $74,000/year.

If there are any questions during the search process, please contact Jen Shechet at [email protected].

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.

Postdoctoral positions are term appointments with specific renewal requirements.