Postdoctoral Scholar in Astronomy - Exoplanet Technology Lab

The California Institute of Technology is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to pursue innovative research projects related to high contrast imaging of exoplanets in Professor Dimitri Mawet's Exoplanet Technology Lab, and with collaborators at UCSB, UCLA, the University of Arizona, and Subaru Telescope. The successful candidate will develop new advanced statistical techniques for active speckle nulling using predictive control techniques and coherent differential imaging to enable high contrast imaging of exoplanets. The work will primarily be accomplished with the recently commissioned DARKNESS camera behind the Stellar Double Coronagraph and Palm-3000, the extreme adaptive optics systems of the 200-inch Hale Telescope at Palomar Observatory. DARKNESS is the world's first MKID-based integral field spectrographs for high speed exoplanet imaging.

Applicants must have a PhD in physics, astronomy, computer science, engineering or a closely related field at the time of the appointment request. Experience in coronagraphy, wavefront control and/or planet detection algorithms is required. The successful candidate will participate in the research activities of Professor Mawet's Exoplanet Technology lab, including opportunities to mentor students and collaborate with other Caltech faculty members and researchers.

The appointment is for one year and is fully funded. There is a possibility of an additional year extension contingent on performance and continued funding. The starting date is negotiable. For inquiries, please contact Dimitri Mawet (

Applicants should send a CV, publications list, and a statement of research interests to Judy McClain at and ensure that three (3) letters of recommendation are sent to that same email address. The deadline for application November 1, 2017.

Applicants will have the opportunity to propose for time on all of Caltech's astronomical facilities, including Palomar Observatory ( and at the W. M. Keck Observatory (