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Postdoctoral Position in Planetary Science

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in planetary science within Caltech's Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences. The successful applicant will collaborate with the de Kleer research group on the development of (sub)surface models for icy moons and small bodies, which will be used to interpret thermal data from telescopes (radio & infrared) and spacecraft in order to characterize (sub)surface processes on these worlds. The project requires training in mathematics and physics as well as strong scientific programming skills. Familiarity with astronomical data is preferred but not required. The successful candidate will have opportunities to mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and will be encouraged to pursue additional research of their own interest within the collaborative and interdisciplinary environment at Caltech.

The start date is flexible but must be between March 1 and November 1, 2020, with a preference for an earlier start date within this window. The initial duration of the position is one year, with renewal for up to two additional years. The position offers a competitive salary, benefits, and annual research budget, as well as access to Caltech's extensive resources, including the Keck and Palomar Observatories and computational facilities.

Applicants for the position must have a PhD in planetary science, astronomy, astrophysics, physics, geology, or an equivalent field by the date of their appointment.

Applicants must provide a CV including a complete list of publications; a 1-2 page statement describing their research interests and experience; and the names of three individuals who can provide letters of recommendation. Application materials should be sent to Jen Shechet (shechet@gps.caltech.edu).

Consideration of applications will begin on February 15, 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Professor Katherine de Kleer (dekleer@caltech.edu).

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