Pioneer Postdoctoral Fellowship
The Resnick Sustainability Institute's Pioneer Postdoctoral Fellowship recruits outstanding recent PhD graduates to pursue research and training in exciting areas of sustainability at Caltech. The Pioneer Fellowship was established to increase the number of historically underrepresented minority faculty in sustainability science, by providing support for a more diverse and inclusive postdoctoral community from which the next generation of faculty are drawn. We recognize that a diversity of backgrounds and experiences is an enormous asset in the pursuit of cutting-edge science and technology development to support a more sustainable planet. This fellowship will empower these researchers by giving them access to cutting edge facilities, training, and broad expertise in sustainability science and engineering. We anticipate making up to 3 awards.
The fellowships will be awarded for up to 2 years in support of individuals pursuing projects aligned with the overall mission of the RSI, to address challenges and opportunities associated with climate change and the stewardship of natural resources.
- Proposed research must fall broadly within the research areas of the Resnick Sustainability Institute, as outlined here: https://resnick.sites.caltech.edu/research
- Candidates should have demonstrated an interest in diversity of the community around them in their application materials. This may be expressed by description of their life experiences, or through participation in organizations or activities aimed at expanding and improving experiences in their previous institutions, or through outreach activities in communities outside of those institutions. All scholars are welcome to apply.
- Candidates must have a PhD in the relevant field before beginning their appointment, should have received their PhD within 5 years of starting the appointment.
- Candidates must secure a commitment from one or more Caltech faculty members to serve as a mentor and to provide office/lab space for the fellowship. Mentors will be expected to provide a 50% cost-share for the fellowship.
- To be eligible, an applicant must not yet have started a position at Caltech, or have started at Caltech only within the 6 months prior to the application due date.
- Candidates may have received their degrees at any university in the world. Foreign nationals are eligible, though proficiency in English is expected.
Fellows will receive up to $80,000 in salary support from RSI over two years, with the remainder (up to the market rate for their field) supplied by advisors or external fellowships. RSI will also provide a discretionary research fund for use during the fellowship period. Fellowships must be renewed each year, contingent on satisfactory review.
Please send application materials below to RSIPioneerFellow@caltech.edu, by the close of business on Date TBD, Fall 2023.
The required application materials include:
- A cover letter
- A nomination letter from a Caltech faculty host - please submit this letter of support directly to the RSI using the email above.
- Two additional reference letters, sent directly from the letter writer.
- A CV
- A Research statement, no longer than 3 pages, single-spaced, 1-inch margins, Times 11-point font or larger (not including references).
- A 1-page statement of research impact that describes, as quantitatively as possible, the potential global impact of the research project, if successful. The applicant should identify the relevant metric(s) for global sustainability related to their project.
- A 1-2 page diversity statement. You are encouraged to speak to your lived experience. A diversity statement should focus on personally important, and/or challenging factors in your background relevant to diversity, inclusion, equity, and access in your career to date. These might include, but are not limited to: the quality of your early educational environment, socioeconomic status, culture, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and life or work experiences. The statement should also address how you might support Caltech's commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity and access during your time here.
Timeline and Evaluation
- Applications are due by end of the day Tuesday, October 18th, 2022. We will evaluate applications and hope to announce awards by early 2023. Start dates are flexible based on the schedule of the applicant and the advisor, but should be no later than summer 2023.
Applications will be evaluated by a campus-wide faculty committee, which will create a recommended finalist slate. Decisions will be based on the committee's assessment of the applicant's academic qualifications, the strength and potential sustainability impact of the applicant's research proposal, and the applicant's potential to further the program's goal to support scientists and engineers who will contribute to diversity (broadly defined) at Caltech and in higher education STEM research, including potential for leadership in increasing equitable access to higher education.
Please contact RSIPioneerFellow@caltech.edu with any questions.