Staff Scientist

New Jersey, United States
04 Sep 2019
End of advertisement period
04 Nov 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Summary

IPAC at Caltech ( provides science and data management for astronomy and solar system missions (both space and ground telescopes), planning for future projects, and vital science archives. IPAC supports NASA, NSF, and privately funded projects, including: Spitzer, NEOWISE, the Zwicky Transient Facility, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, WFIRST, the Thirty-Meter Telescope, and the US centers for Herschel and Euclid. IPAC operates the NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive (IRSA), the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED), the NASA Exoplanet Archive (NExScI), and the Keck Observatory Archive (KOA).

Job Duties

IPAC has an immediate opening for a staff scientist who is excited by the prospect of precision astrometry and photometry through the joint processing of pixel level data from Euclid, LSST and WFIRST. The primary responsibility of this position is to contribute to building up joint processing infrastructure capabilities, through a combined analysis of multi-epoch LSST frames with high-resolution, space-based imaging, and spectroscopy from Euclid and WFIRST, which may have different epochs of observations.

Basic Qualifications

  • PhD in astronomy, physics, computer science or a related field plus at least two years of postdoctoral experience
  • Detailed knowledge of astronomical coordinate systems, precision astrometry, photometry (flux cross-calibration at different spatial resolutions), galaxy spectral and morphological classifications, and precision cataloging techniques
  • Demonstrated experience in the production, validation, and/or analysis of astronomical data sets

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience manipulating large, diverse and complex data sets, particularly at the pixel level
  • Peer-reviewed publications in areas of astronomy that are synergistic with developing joint processing capabilities

Required Documents

  • CV
  • Publication list
  • A short (2 page) statement of research interests and experience
  • The names and contact information of three references