Cecil & Sally Drinkward Postdoctoral Research Scholarship

Pasadena, California
Annual stipend of $60,000 and research expense fund of $5,000.
May 31, 2019
Jul 31, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The Mechanical and Civil Engineering (MCE) Department at the California Institute of Technology invites applications for a Cecil & Sally Drinkward postdoctoral research scholar position in civil engineering. The intent of the program is to support innovative early career scientists in making a significant, original research contribution. The potential research areas include (but are not limited to) mechanics of solids and fluids, granular matter, geohazards, materials science and engineering, energy, structural sensing systems, infrastructure systems, and their control, resilience, and sustainability. The postdoctoral research scholars are expected to concentrate on their research and writing; collaborate with the MCE and Caltech research community; mentor graduate and undergraduate students; and give public seminars/lectures on their research. 

The duration of the appointment is one year, with a start date in Jan. 1, 2020, an annual stipend of $60,000, and a research expense fund of $5,000.  One-year reappointment is possible subject to performance and availability of funds. Only those who have received the Ph.D. after September 15, 2017 and do not hold a tenure-track position are eligible to apply.  All fellows must have successfully defended their dissertations prior to the commencement of the appointment. 

The application review will begin on September 15, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. To apply, candidates should submit the following materials at https://applications.caltech.edu/job/drinkward:

  • Curriculum vitae;
  • One-page statement of research interests that, in part, reflects on the relation of the applicant’s interests to the ongoing research in MCE and identifies potential MCE faculty hosts;
  • One or two research papers or dissertation chapters related to the candidate’s major research theme;
  • Three confidential letters of reference submitted by the letter writers directly to the web portal.

If there are any questions about the application process, please contact drinkward-pd@caltech.edu.