California, United States
14 Dec 2020
End of advertisement period
14 Feb 2021
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Physics & Astronomy
Contract Type
Part 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

Caltech is more than a world-renowned science and engineering research and education institution, it is a community—a community of curious and passionate individuals who collaborate to understand and solve complex scientific and societal challenges. Caltech offers an exciting and dynamic work environment, exceptional career development opportunities, competitive pay programs, great benefits, and the opportunity to participate in many campus programs and activities. Exceptional employees are critical to Caltech’s success.

IPAC, part of Caltech’s Physics, Math, and Astronomy Division (, partners with NASA, NSF, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL, operated for NASA by Caltech), and the world-wide research community to advance exploration of our universe.  IPAC provides science operations, user support, data and archive services, and scientific vision to maximize discovery with observatories both in space and on the ground.

IPAC has an opening for a part-time scientist who will serve as the technical lead for the design and development of the image data simulator for the NASA Near Earth Object Surveyor mission (NEOS). NEOS is a space-based 50 cm infrared telescope that will conduct an imaging survey for solar system small bodies that may pose a hazard to the Earth.  IPAC is responsible for developing and operating the NEOS Survey Data System that will ingest imaging and engineering data from the flight system, process those data into calibrated image and source detection products, perform automated searches for moving solar system objects, assess the quality of the survey data, and distribute data products to NASA archives and the user community.

Job Duties

  • Technical lead for the design and development of the NEOS image data simulator
  • Participate in test and evaluation of the NEOS image simulation software
  • Lead the documentation describing the image simulator and its performance
  • Participate in discussions with the NEOS detector development and instrument teams to transfer information about detector and instrument performance into the image simulator
  • Participate in discussions and work with the NEOS Investigation Team Comet, Survey Planning, and Calibration Working Groups
  • Prepare and submit weekly and monthly technical status reports
  • Prepare final technical reports and summaries

Basic Qualifications

  • PhD in Astronomy, Physics, or related discipline plus at least 8 years of experience in the characterization, analysis, and simulation of astronomical imaging data

Preferred Qualifications

  • At least eight years of experience in the characterization and analysis of imaging data from space-based infrared detectors

Required Documents

  • Resume
  • CV

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