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, ‘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 Astronomy and Physics. 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 2000+core “Wheeler” cluster, and multiple large (>100 million CPU-hour) 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-- 

Every year, one or two exceptional candidates who apply for both the Caltech Burke Prize Theory Fellowships (above) and the Carnegie Observatories prize fellowships will be considered for a prestigious joint Caltech-Carnegie Prize Fellowship in Theoretical Astrophysics, which awards a joint position at both institutions and privileges of working with the theory faculty across Pasadena. 

Candidates are also encouraged to propose Caltech as the host institution for their application to external fellowships – such as the NASA (Hubbleor NSF — and fellows who attract external funding may be offered an extended term. Candidates should also consider postdoctoral opportunities at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), which is part of Caltech (almost all JPL fellows spend significant time on campus in our department).

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

© Philip Hopkins 2015