Postdoc fellowship in Sustainability in Caltech

Resnick Postdoctoral Fellowships in Sustainability Science

The Resnick Sustainability Institute Prize Postdoctoral Fellowships were created to engage outstanding recent graduates in projects that explore new directions in sustainability focused scientific research at Caltech. The Fellowships are intended for exceptional young scientists and fellows will be selected on the basis of their academic achievement and the promise of their scientific research.

The Resnick Institute accepts nominations for postdoctoral fellows from Caltech faculty on a biannual basis, typically in early spring (February to mid-March) and in late summer (August to mid-September).


Applicants must be invited to apply by a Caltech faculty advisor, and must not yet have arrived at Caltech, or must have arrived with their Caltech postdoctoral appointment having begun no more than 6 months prior to their application opening date to be considered for a fellowship. For the present call, a Caltech appointment date must therefore have begun no earlier than 08/01/2015.

Candidates may have received their degrees at any university in the world. Foreign nationals are eligible, though proficiency in English is required. The California Institute of Technology is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from female candidates and members of underrepresented minority groups.


The fellowship provides a competitive annual salary plus benefits, and comes with a small research discretionary fund, and an allowance for relocation costs. The fellowships are one year guaranteed with the second year contingent on satisfactory review.

To Apply

Please have the faculty sponsor email with a nomination request. The Resnick Institute will follow up with the nominee and provide instructions for submitting the remainder of the application.

Application Components Will Include

  • A cover letter with a short summary of past work and current research plans
  • CV including list of publications
  • Research plan outlining proposed work (maximum 5 pages, references counted separately)
  • 3 letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the sponsoring Caltech faculty member.


Application components are due online by March 15, 2016 at 5 pm Pacific. The Institute will notify applicants to confirm receipt of completed application. Candidate evaluations will be conducted, and decisions will be made in April.

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