Position Description

Staff Scientist
Job Category Fulltime Regular
ExemptOvertimeEligible Exempt
Benefits Eligible Benefit Based
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Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions. We thrive on finding and cultivating talented people who are passionate about what they do. Join us and be a part of the diverse Caltech community.

Come participate in the mission that will demonstrate state-of-the-art techniques in the study of exoplanets. IPAC, in the Physics, Math, and Astronomy Division at Caltech, provides science operations, user support, data and archive services, and scientific vision to maximize discovery with observatories both in space and on the ground. We invite applications to the science staff from highly qualified individuals for a full-time position to work with the Roman team at IPAC supporting the Coronagraph Instrument, a first-in-space technology demonstration instrument.

The Roman Space Telescope is a NASA observatory designed to address key questions in the areas of dark energy, exoplanets and infrared astrophysics. It is slated for launch in the mid-2020’s. The Roman Science Support Center (SSC) at IPAC is a part of the Roman Ground System, supporting the operations of the Coronagraph Instrument, and providing algorithm, software development and data processing for Exoplanet Microlensing, High Latitude Spectroscopy and Supernova Spectroscopy surveys. In addition, we run the Roman general and guest investigator proposal solicitations, and provides community support for exoplanet and wide-field spectroscopy science with Roman.

For more details, see: https://roman.ipac.caltech.edu

Job Details

  • Set and interpret requirements for pipeline modules and data analysis.
  • Work with software developers to implement and test pipeline modules and a data analysis environment.
  • Write documentation for the instrument team and community users of CGI data and the analysis environment.
  • Participate in Roman Project and CGI team meetings (virtual and in-person).
  • Conduct independent research.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD degree in astrophysics or a closely related field.
  • At least 2 years of postdoctoral scholar experience.
  • Experience with high-precision astronomical imaging observations.
  • Ability to work in an active team environment, including good written and verbal communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with high contrast imaging of exoplanets.
  • Three or more years of experience.

Required Documents

  • Full resume
  • Cover letter
  • List of three professional references

People choose to work at IPAC for many reasons, and the casual, employee-centric culture often leads to fulfilling, long-term careers and positive relationships. IPAC staff have access to Caltech’s benefits programs, facilities, including the athletic center, libraries, on-site daycare, professional development and enrichment classes, and Athenaeum club membership.

Applicants for this position must be a United States (US) person as defined by ITAR regulations - A US person is a citizen of the United States, a lawful permanent resident alien of the US (“Green Card” holder), or individuals granted refugee and Asylee status under US law.

 The preferred start date is June 2021. Depending on the start date, an initial remote working arrangement may be considered for up to six months.


EEO Statement

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.

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