EAS Postdoctoral Scholar Resources
Get acquainted with the Engineering and Applied Science Division and Departments before your arrival:
Division of Engineering & Applied Science
Postdoctoral Scholar Program Administrator and Assistant to the Chair
Applied Physics & Materials Science
Computing & Mathematical Sciences
Environmental Science & Engineering
Grants Manager & Building Coordinator
Mechanical & Civil Engineering
Lynn R. Seymour
EAS RepresentativeBurigede Liu
Postdoctoral Scholar Research Associate in Mechanical & Civil Engineering
The role of the Division Representative is to interface with Caltech administrators at the Division level, serve as an ombudsman for Division postdocs, help plan (in coordination with the Division) activities for postdocs, and present ideas, issues, and concerns of Division postdocs to the entire Caltech postdoc community.
Title XIOfelia Velazquez-Perez
Deputy Title IX Coordinator
Title XI at Caltech
Does Caltech offer housing?
The Caltech Housing Office manages one building for Postdocs. The building has 40 apartments available to new Caltech Postdocs who are within the first year of their Caltech Postdoc appointment. All of the units have two-bedrooms and two-bathrooms and most of them are unfurnished. We have furnished a small number of apartments and rent the bedrooms in these units individually where Postdocs share the common space. For more information please go to: Caltech Housing.
How do I find off-campus housing?
If you want to live within walking/biking distance from Caltech (~ 1 mile), you should look for an apartment with the boundaries of North Walnut Avenue / East Sierra Madre Blvd / South California Avenue / West Los Robles Avenue.
Other nearby communities include Altadena (5 miles north Pasadena), La Canada (8 miles west Pasadena), Sierra Madre (north east border with Pasadena), South Pasadena (South East border with Pasadena) and San Marino (south border with Pasadena). If you are willing to commute, you might be able to find cheaper housing in communities farther away. For more information please go to: International Offices.
How do I look at my health care benefits/insurance?
Caltech offers you the following health care benefits:
- Health Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
- Medical Evacuation and Repatriation (MER) Plan
For a summary of benefits offered to Caltech postdoctoral scholars please go to: Caltech Benefits
As an international scholar, do I need to do anything to receive my social security number (SSN) prior to my arrival?
Do not apply for the SSN before your check-in at Human Resources or with the Faculty Records Office.
If Human Resources provides you with SSN application assistance, your Social Security card will be mailed to Caltech. Once it is received, you will be contacted so that you can pick it up from Human Resources. While you are waiting for your SSN application to be processed, you will receive pay from Caltech. For more information please go to: International Offices