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.

IPAC, part of 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. IPAC invites applications to the science staff from highly qualified individuals for a full-time position to work with the Roman team at IPAC.

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 Data System, providing algorithm and software development and data processing for the Exoplanet Microlensing, High Latitude Spectroscopy and the Supernova Spectroscopy surveys. In addition, the SSC will support the operations of the Coronagraph Instrument, manage the Roman general and guest investigator proposal solicitations, and provide community support for exoplanet and wide-field spectroscopy science with Roman.

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

IPAC staff have access to the Institute’s benefits programs, facilities, including the athletic center, libraries, on-site daycare, professional development and enrichment classes, and Athenaeum club membership.

Job Details

  • Develop and test algorithms for wide-field, near-infrared spectroscopy and calibration.
  • Set and interpret requirements for pipeline modules.
  • Work with software developers to implement and test pipeline modules.
  • Write documentation for the pipeline and for the user community.
  • Participate in meetings (virtual and in-person) with the Roman team.
  • Conduct independent research.

Skills and Qualifications

  • PhD degree in astrophysics or a closely related field.
  • Minimum 1-2 years of related experience.
  • Experience with infrared and/or optical spectroscopy, including at least one of the following: analysis of emission line galaxies; calibration and reduction of spectroscopic data; simulation of spectroscopic survey data.
  • Ability to work in an active team environment, including good written and verbal communication skills.  

Required Documents

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

Preferred start is date is September 2021. Depending on 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.

To read more Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) go to eeoc_self_print_poster.pdf.

Disability Accommodations

If you would like to request an accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to Caltech Recruiting at employment@caltech.edu

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