Postdoctoral Opportunities


Prize Postdoctoral Fellowship positions in Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics at Caltech are available. All of our postdocs in theory are hired through the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics (the “Burke Theory Postdocs” or “Sherman Fairchild Postdoctoral Fellows”). Interested postdocs can apply from any area of theoretical physics or astrophysics, but those interested in working/collaborating with our group may be interested, for example, in any of the following range of topics:

  • Galaxy formation and large-scale structure 
  • Star formation and the structure of the interstellar medium
  • Super-massive black hole formation and evolution,
            and ‘feedback’ from AGN
  • Planet formation and/or proto-stellar/planetary disk structure
  • Numerical/computational methods: particularly for hydrodynamics or radiation transport
  • Astrophysical fluid dynamics, plasma physics, dust-gas dynamics


The positions are fully independent, but if you are interested in collaboration with our group, we are especially interested in candidates who aim to compare theory and observations, and can interact with the exceptional observers as well as theorists at Caltech. In addition to competitive compensation, travel, and research budgets, fellows working with our group will have access to state-of-the-art computing facilities including our local theoretical astrophysics “Wheeler” and "Zwicky” clusters and multiple large allocations on NSF and NASA supercomputing facilities. 

Interested candidates should apply here for the Caltech Prize Theory Fellowships (The Burke Fellowship in Theoretical Physics and Astrophysics). Applications are due November 15th. All applicants for these will automatically be considered for any available grant supported positions, but you may additionally indicate your interest in any grant-supported positions with our group with a brief email to phopkins --at-- caltech.edu. 

Candidates are also encouraged to propose Caltech as the host institution for their application to external fellowships – such as the Hubble, Einstein, Saganor NSF — and fellows who attract external funding may be offered an extended term. If you are applying for any of these or other fellowships which require a departmental letter of endorsement, you can request this through a simple unified web form here. Candidates specifically interested in exoplanets should also consider applying for available postdoctoral positions in the Exoplanetary and Comparative Planetary Sciences at JPL.

Caltech is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, Minorities, Veterans, and Disabled Persons are encouraged to apply.

© Philip Hopkins 2015