Postdoctoral Positions

The Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences has the following openings for Postdoctoral Positions:


Postdoctoral Scholar in Data-Informed Earth System Modeling at Caltech

Climate change projections continue to be marred by large uncertainties. But new tools from computational science, data assimilation, and machine learning have brought rapid progress in this important area within reach.
The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) invites applications for a postdoctoral scholar position in data-informed Earth system modeling. The postdoctoral scholar will develop data assimilation and machine learning algorithms for Earth system models, to allow them to learn systematically from diverse data sources, such as satellite observations or high-resolution simulations of turbulent flows in targeted regions.
Candidates are expected to have completed a doctoral degree in  applied mathematics, atmospheric or oceanic sciences, computer science, engineering, physics, statistics or a related field at the time of the appointment. A strong mathematical and computational background is essential. Experience with high-performance computing and large datasets is desirable.
For further information about the position, please contact Tapio Schneider ( or Andrew Stuart (, or visit  
Applications with a curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation should be emailed to Bronagh Glaser ( Review of applications will begin on January 15 and will continue until the positions are filled. The position is for two years, with appointment in the second year contingent on progress in the first year.
Caltech and JPL are equal opportunity employers, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Seismological Laboratory Director’s Postdoctoral Scholar

The Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) invites applications for the Seismological Laboratory Director's Postdoctoral Scholar position. We invite applications for a post doctoral position in any research area covered by the Seismological Laboratory, including, but not limited to: Observational seismology, earth structure, earthquake physics, earthquake early warning, computational geophysics, mineral physics, geodesy, geodynamics, and tectonics. We are especially interested in individuals whose research naturally links with any of the research programs within the Seismo Lab, GPS Division, or other parts of Caltech. A Ph.D. is required and initial appointment will be for one year. Starting date is flexible. Applicants should send a CV, a brief statement of research interests and experience, and arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent electronically to Erin Mitchell at:

All applications and references are due by Sunday, April 15, 2018.

Fellowship candidates will automatically be considered for other available postdoctoral positions at Caltech in geophysics.


Caltech is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Staff Positions

Campus-wide employment opportunities for staff positions are listed on the Human Resources website.