Schmidt Scholar

California, United States
07 May 2020
End of advertisement period
07 Jul 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Caltech is a world-renowned science and engineering institute that marshals some of the world's brightest minds and most innovative tools to address fundamental scientific questions. We thrive on finding and cultivating talented people who are passionate about what they do. Join us and be a part of the diverse Caltech community.

Job Summary

The Schmidt Academy for Software Engineering is a three-year pilot program that will provide a unique training opportunity for recent Caltech and Harvey Mudd College (HMC) undergraduate students with strong software engineering interest to advance discovery. Through their work with the Schmidt Academy, Schmidt Scholars will transform software engineering practices and enable research groups to pursue new scientific and technological advances that would not be feasible otherwise.

Schmidt Scholars will participate in an intensive training in software engineering and will be embedded within a research group for one to two-year periods, supporting innovative science and facilitating computational approaches across campus. Upon completing the Academy, Schmidt Scholars will have excellent career opportunities both in industry and via graduate school. The bootcamp will be run by and the scholars mentored by two Schmidt Academy senior engineers/instructors, who will also interface directly with the Principal Investigators to help develop projects and ensure progress.

Schmidt Scholars will be employed as Caltech research staff members with competitive salary and benefits.

Job Duties

  • Scholars will work with the Principal Investigator and his/her group to develop research software over the course of one-to-two-year periods
  • As embedded members of the research group, Scholars will participate in group meetings, attend domain-specific seminars, and participate in other research group activities
  • Scholars will participate in monthly Academy-specific activities including guest lectures and outings with software engineers outside of Caltech
  • Scientific Training: Scholars will immerse themselves in domain-specific knowledge relevant to their research groups during the third quarter of their senior year through attendance at group meetings, and/or a research internship
  • Educational Training: If they have not already done so, Scholars will attend software engineering and best practices classes during their senior year
  • Other duties as assigned

Basic Qualifications

  • Caltech or HMC Bachelor’s Degree expected by June 2020
  • Caltech or HMC seniors in good standing with majors in computer science
  • Significant experience in software development through coursework and/or research

Required Documents

  • Resume