EPL – Earth and Planets Laboratory

Postdoctoral Fellow – Transport Properties of the Earth’s minerals

Department: EPL – Earth and Planets Laboratory

Salary: TBD

Location: Washington, DC

The Earth and Planets Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science, seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of experimental mineral physics.  The research will focus on the study of transport properties of the Earth’s minerals under the conditions of high pressure and high temperature.  The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and applying new pulsed laser techniques for measurements of the transport, optical, and elastic properties of materials under extreme conditions.

Minimum qualifications: The applicant must have a PhD degree in geosciences, physics, chemistry, materials science or a related field by the time of the employment.

Desired qualifications:  Familiarity with high-pressure experimental methods applied to diamond anvil cells and with analytical tools including electron microprobe, SEM, and FIB.

The appointment is for one year, with renewal for a second year pending progress.  The position is available immediately and will be based at the Broad Branch Road campus of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC.  This is an FLSA Exempt position.  Interested parties should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including publications), statement of research interests, and contact information for three references.

Only complete applications submitted via this Carnegie website will be considered.

At Carnegie, we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community.  We believe academic environments should be places where diverse groups of people with a variety of viewpoints and ideas can thrive and work together.  As such, we encourage applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds to apply.  The Carnegie Institution is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

Position in Astronomical Observation Software Development

Department: EPL – Earth and Planets Laboratory

Salary: TBD

Location: Washington, DC

One short-term software development position is available at the Carnegie Institution for Science Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL) in Washington, DC. Applicants pursuing or holding degrees in computer or the physical sciences are encouraged to apply, but applicants with different and/or nontraditional career paths are also welcome.

The purpose of this position is to develop software/tools to expedite and automate astronomical observation planning and implementation. The successful candidate will work closely (though potentially remotely) with Dr. Johanna Teske (https://johannateske.squarespace.com) to streamline the process of planning for observing with the Planet Finder Spectrograph on the Magellan II telescope at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. Experience at or above the advanced undergraduate level in scientific programming is required, particularly in Python; knowledge of IDL is also a plus. Background knowledge of astronomy/astronomical observations is a plus but not required.

Carnegie EPL is a vibrant and interdisciplinary research community of staff scientists, postdoctoral scholars, technical and support staff, and graduate students. The successful candidate will have opportunities to learn and engage with researchers at the forefront of topics from volcanology to mineral physics to geochemistry to star and planet formation. The successful candidate will also be welcome to join in community activities like social hour, reading groups, and celebratory events. More information about EPL can be found on our website: http://epl.carnegiescience.edu.

Application materials are due by April 2nd. The position requires at minimum a three-month commitment and can start as soon as May 1st. The position will terminate no later than November 30, 2021. Pending COVID-19 restrictions, the position will likely be mostly or fully remote, so residency in the area is not required. The position does not include travel to Chile. Salary and benefits are competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Applicants must be residing in the United States to be considered for the position.

Interested applicants should submit a CV, contact information for three references, and a one-page cover letter describing your relevant past experience (can include coursework) and how this position could benefit your career goals. Feel free to reach out to jteske@carnegiescience.edu with any questions about the position.

Only complete applications submitted via this website will be considered.

At Carnegie, we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We believe academic environments should be places where diverse groups of people with a variety of viewpoints and ideas can thrive and work together. As such, we encourage applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds to apply. The Carnegie Institution is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Geochemistry and Data Science

Department: EPL – Earth and Planets Laboratory

Salary:

Location: Washington, D.C.

The Carnegie Institution for Science’s Earth and Planets Laboratory seeks a highly-qualified applicant for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow position with expertise in geochemistry and data science. The successful candidate should have deep knowledge of geochemistry and petrology, particularly in the context of deep-time data-driven discovery (https://4d.carnegiescience.edu/), as well as proficiency in machine learning, numerical modeling, high-performance computing, and geospatial analysis. Research projects will be defined by the successful candidate in collaboration with members of the 4D Initiative team, including Robert Hazen and Shaunna Morrison at Carnegie, as well as the NASA Astrobiology ENIGMA team (https://enigma.rutgers.edu/) and the Tetherless World Constellation (https://tw.rpi.edu/).

Minimum qualifications: The applicant must have a PhD in Geoscience and must be proficient in methods of data-driven discovery. Familiarity with database development, management, and use; programming, including knowledge of python and R coding; experience with machine-learning applications to geoscience problems; and the interest and ability to work knowledgeably with data scientists, applied mathematics colleagues, and bioinformaticians, are essential.

This full-time, 2-year position will commence on or after March 1, 2021, and will be based at the Earth and Planets Laboratory at the Carnegie Institution’s Broad Branch Road campus in Washington, DC. This is an FLSA Exempt position. Interested applicants should submit a CV, contact information for three references, a cover letter, and a 1-page research proposal by February 20, 2021.

Only complete applications submitted via this Carnegie website will be considered.

At Carnegie, we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community. We believe academic environments should be places where diverse groups of people with a variety of viewpoints and ideas can thrive and work together. As such, we encourage applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds to apply. The Carnegie Institution is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability, or other protected group status.