- JPL is unique among NASA Centers in that its staff are Caltech employees, yet can access NASA technical resources. Cross-discipline teamwork is standard here: colleagues across JPL’s science and engineering organizations and on Caltech’s academic campus often work together. Learning to speak and understand other disciplines’ languages is a doorway to the creativity needed to do what has not been done before. JPL staff are encouraged to create mission concepts that address humanity’s core questions through a combination of science and technology. They are supported in developing ideas into proposals and hardware, and in communicating funded missions’ results to the scientific community and the broader public. JPL seeks to employ scientists and engineers who are passionate about lifelong learning and excited to both contribute to and lead team efforts. We emphasize the importance of partnering across discipline boundaries and creating a friendly, constructive work environment to overcome space exploration’s challenges. The Postdoctoral scholars at JPL benefit from an informal mentoring network, an annual conference showcasing their results, a dedicated seminar series, exposure to diverse career paths, and social connections across the JPL and Caltech community for advice on housing, childcare and other aspects of living in southern California.
- The primary responsibility of the successful candidate will be weak gravitational lensing analysis of galaxy clusters observed with the Super pressure Balloon-borne Imaging Telescope (Super BIT).
- Super BIT has been engineered to produce high resolution maps of galaxy cluster mass, with near-diffraction-limited imaging and space-like transmission from the near-UV to the near-IR. Super BIT’s flight is scheduled for summer 2021, with data analysis and publication of scientific results to proceed immediately afterwards.
- Additionally, the successful candidate will advance research and publish results in any area related to weak lensing cosmology (theoretical, computational, observational, algorithm development, or detector systematics testing and mitigation).
- The successful candidate will interact and work with the other Dark Sector scientists and contribute to one or more of the aforementioned ongoing or upcoming weak lensing surveys.
- Applicants are encouraged to show willingness and potential to look to the future of the field, and articulate their vision.
- JPL provides a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment for researchers with interests spanning a range of astrophysics, with particularly strong efforts in exoplanetary science and dark energy cosmology, and the associated technologies that enable this work.
- There are many opportunities for collaboration with researchers at the Caltech campus including at IPAC. T
- he appointee will carry out research in collaboration with the JPL advisor, resulting in publications in the open literature.
Qualification & Experience:
- Candidates should have a recent PhD in astronomy, astrophysics, physics, or related fields and a publication record that indicates active participation in the field of astronomy or astrophysics.
- Previous experience in weak gravitational lensing and hands-on experience in building or operating telescopes or instruments is desired.
- Ability to work independently and demonstrated experience at collaborative work in large groups are important evaluation criteria.
- Applicants may be subject to additional program requirements by NASA.
Vacancy Type: Full Time
Job Location: San Francisco, CA, US
Application Deadline: N/A