EPL – Earth and Planets Laboratory

Specialist in Diamond Research at the Earth and Planets Laboratory

Department: EPL – Earth and Planets Laboratory

Salary: TBD

Location: Washington DC

The Earth and Planets Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution for Science seeks a specialist for diamond research. The position is for three years and with additional years possible depending on funding. The researcher will help lead our research program on diamonds and their mineral inclusions by participating in all facets of research from initial examination of new collections, through interpretation of observations and data, to the presentation and publication of results. We are specifically seeking applicants with demonstrable hands-on experience, from meticulous preparation of samples to analysis of diamonds and their inclusions using the wide range of techniques available in our laboratory. The researcher may develop their own projects in addition to tasks required for ongoing collaborative projects. The salary range begins at $75K per year and will be adjusted commensurate with level of experience.

At Carnegie we are committed to enhancing the diversity of our staff and welcome applications from individuals with a diverse set of experiences, backgrounds, and perspective. 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.

Candidates must have:

A graduate degree (MS or PhD) in mineralogy, geology or related science
Minimum of 3 years demonstrable experience in diamond research
It is highly desired for candidates to have experience with:
Diamond cutting and polishing
Optical, Raman, and FTIR spectroscopy
Synchrotron X-ray diffraction
Diamond crystallography (defects; substitutions)
Electron microscopy (SEM, EPMA)
Ion probe and/or LA-ICPMS
Knowledge of diamond geology (formation, etc.)

Application materials must include: 1) a cover letter with the names of three references, (2) a curriculum vitae and the list of publications, (3) a maximum 2-page summary of previous research experience.

Only complete applications submitted via this website will be considered.

Applications are due November 22, 2021, and selection will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Please e-mail Michael Walter (mailto:mwalter@carnegiescience.edu) or Steven Shirey (mailto:sshirey@carnegiescience.edu) with any further questions.

Related URLs:
Carnegie EPL
Carnegie Institution for Science

Application Deadline: Monday, November 22, 2021
Current Status of Position: Accepting Applicants
Attention To: Carnegie Diamond Specialist Applications Committee
Email: eplspecialist@carnegiescience.edu

Postdoctoral Fellow–AEThER program

Department: EPL – Earth and Planets Laboratory

Salary: TBD

Location: Washington, DC

The Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL), Carnegie Institution for Science, seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to investigate mantle solidification from a magma ocean state, including chemical interactions with a primordial atmosphere. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community at the Carnegie Institution for Science.  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.

This postdoctoral position is part of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation funded AEThER (Atmospheric Empirical, Theoretical, and Experimental Research) team that is investigating how primary atmospheres form in conjunction with the solidification of the mantle during planet formation.  The larger motivation is to aid in the search for life on exoplanets by understanding how planetary atmospheres form and evolve.

Modeling the solidification of a magma ocean is a complex dynamic process that involves two-phase convection of solid and liquid silicate phases, chemical partitioning, variable solidus and radiogenic heating rates, and chemical exchange with the atmosphere. The candidate will develop and use numerical models in 1D, 2D, and/or 3D to model the solidification of the mantle, from a fully liquid state to a solid state in direct collaboration with Drs. Peter Driscoll (EPL), Brad Foley (Penn State University), and Cian Wilson (EPL).  Collaboration with other members of the AEThER team working on related topics is also anticipated.

Minimum qualifications: The applicant must have completed a doctoral degree in geophysics, physics, planetary science, or a related field at the time of appointment.  The candidate should have experience in computational fluid dynamics and programming proficiency, especially with C++ and/or python.

Desired qualifications:  Familiarity with finite element or other numerical modeling software is desirable, and experience with numerical software packages FEniCS, PETSc and MPI is a bonus.

The appointment is for one year, with renewal for a second year pending progress.  The position is available September 1, 2021 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.  Review of applications will begin July 1, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.

Only complete applications submitted via this website will be considered.

The Carnegie Institution for Science 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.

Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowships

Department: EPL – Earth and Planets Laboratory

Salary: TBD

Location: Washington,DC

The Carnegie Institution for Science invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships at the Earth and Planets Laboratory in Washington D.C. Carnegie Science emphasizes interdisciplinary observational, experimental and theoretical research in fields including astronomy, cosmochemistry, data science, geodynamics, experimental petrology, geobiology, geochemistry, geophysics, mineral physics, planetary science and volcanology. Carnegie scientists conduct research in these and related fields in the general quest for improved understanding of the origin and evolution of Earth and planets, including the fundamental physics and chemistry of materials. The successful applicant’s primary field of research should overlap with one or more of these areas, but collaboration with other research areas on campus is encouraged.

The Carnegie Institution strives to enable a scientifically excellent, equitable, and inclusive community, and therefore aims for diverse groups of people to collaborate and thrive at Carnegie. Applicants may use a cover letter to describe how they have contributed to such community characteristics in previous positions, and how those contributions have been informed by their life experiences. 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.

The Earth and Planets Laboratory supports world-class laboratory facilities in analytical geochemistry and cosmochemistry, high-pressure research, materials spectroscopy and astrobiology. Carnegie scientists have access to Carnegie’s Las Campanas Observatory in Chile for astronomical observations. Carnegie Science also supports theoretical astrophysical, data analytic, geodynamic and mineral physics investigations by providing access to state-of-the-art computational facilities. Fellows may also wish to participate in interdisciplinary projects such as Carnegie Worlds (https://planets.carnegiescience.edu), a cross-department initiative that integrates exoplanet research with geoscience. Funding is available for travel to scientific conferences and observation sites, as well as publications. At EPL, we value a culture of mentoring and offer professional development opportunities for all post-doctoral scientists (https://epl.carnegiescience.edu/postdoctoral/workshops).

Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded once a year. The Fellowship is initially for one year but can be renewed for up to a total of 3 years for astronomy applicants and 2 years for other fields. The positions allow start dates between July 1 and December 31, 2022. More detailed information about the research currently being pursued, and the facilities available at EPL can be viewed at http://epl.carnegiescience.edu/about.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field at the time of the start of the fellowship. The principal selection criteria will be outstanding research accomplishments, promise of future achievement, originality and independence, and relevance to the ongoing scientific pursuits at Carnegie’s Earth and Planets Laboratory. Carnegie Fellowship applications must include: 1) a curriculum vitae, 2) list of publications; 3) a brief description of previous research (3 pages max); 4) a research proposal of no more than 4 pages including references, and 5) a cover letter.  The deadline for application materials, along with the names of three references familiar with the applicant’s work who will upload letters of support, is November 1, 2021. Reference letters are due by November 8, 2021.

Only complete applications submitted via this website will be considered.

Applicants for the Carnegie Fellowship can also choose to be considered for the Carnegie Origins Fellowships with a single application (see separate ad). Address any questions you have to eplfellowship@carnegiescience.edu.

It might be necessary for a successful applicant to obtain a J-1 visa in order to enter the U.S. and work at Carnegie Science. If a visa is required, we will work with you and provide a DS2019 form, which will be required by your country’s nearest American Embassy or Consulate when submitting a visa application.

Related URLs:

Carnegie EPL 
Las Campanas Observatory 
Carnegie Institution for Science

Application Deadline: Monday, November 1, 2021
Current Status of Position: Accepting Applicants
Attention To: Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowship Applications Committee
Subject: Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowships
Email:eplfellowship@carnegiescience.edu

Carnegie Origins Postdoctoral Fellowship

Department: EPL – Earth and Planets Laboratory

Salary: TBD

Location: Washington,DC

The Carnegie Institution for Science invites applications for the five-year Carnegie Origins Postdoctoral Fellowship. The Fellow is expected to carry out an original research program that addresses the nature of planetary systems and the conditions that give rise to them. Possible research topics include, but are not limited to, star-planet interaction, star and planet formation, detection and characterization of exoplanets, instrumentation, Galactic chemical evolution, and stellar abundances.

The Fellow is expected to split their fellowship residence between the Observatories (OBS) in Pasadena and the Earth and Planets Lab (EPL) in Washington, DC, in a way to be negotiated, but approximately evenly split. Further information on the host departments is available at https://obs.carnegiescience.edu/ and https://epl.carnegiescience.edu. The staff of the Observatories and EPL welcome and encourage collaboration, but the Fellow will be free to pursue their program independently.

The Carnegie Institution strives to enable a scientifically excellent, equitable, and inclusive community, and therefore aims for diverse groups of people to collaborate and thrive at Carnegie. Applicants may use their cover letter to describe how they have contributed to such community characteristics in previous positions, and how those contributions have been informed by their life experiences. 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. It might be necessary for a successful applicant to obtain a J-1 visa in order to enter the U.S. and work at Carnegie Science. If a visa is required, we will work with you and provide a DS2019 form, which will be required by your country’s nearest American Embassy or Consulate when submitting a visa application.

The fellowship provides generous support for observing, travel, computing, and publications. The Fellow will have access to all of the resources and facilities of both departments. In particular, Carnegie operates the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile (http://www.lco .cl), which includes the twin 6.5-meter Magellan telescopes, 2.5-meter du Pont, and 1.0-meter Swope telescopes. Carnegie is a full institutional member of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey IV and V collaborations. Scientific computing resources available include the Carnegie Memex cluster (https://sites.google.com/carnegiescience.edu/memex) in addition to local computing resources. The Fellow can expect a highly interdisciplinary environment, and may wish to participate in interdisciplinary projects such as Carnegie Worlds (https://planets.carnegiescience.edu), a cross-department initiative that integrates exoplanet research with geoscience.

The principal selection criteria will be outstanding research accomplishments, promise of future achievement, originality and independence, and relevance to the origins and nature of planetary systems. The successful applicant must have completed the Ph.D. requirements before assuming the fellowship. The application must include: 1) a curriculum vitae; 2) list of publications; 3) a description of previous and current research (up to 3 pages including references); 4) a research proposal (up to 5 pages including references); 5) a cover letter that describes how their research plan will benefit from the Origins Fellowship, how they will use the resources and facilities available at each department, and how they intend to divide their time between departments.

To facilitate ease of submission and cut down on duplicate materials, applicants may apply to the Carnegie Origins Fellowship at the same time as either the Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowship at EPL or at OBS, at either https://jobs.carnegiescience.edu/jobs/carnegie-postdoctoral-fellowships or https://obs.carnegiescience.edu/fellowships. Origins Fellowship applications submitted via either department will be jointly reviewed; therefore only one submission is necessary. However, applicants wishing to be considered for the Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowship in the other department than the one to which they submitted their Origins application must also submit an application there. The deadline for application materials, along with the names of three references, is November 1, 2021. Reference letters are due by November 8, 2021.  Address any questions you have to eplfellowship@carnegiescience.edu and/or cfellow@obs.carnegiescience.edu.

 

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Application Deadline: Monday, November 1, 2021
Current Status of Position: Accepting Applicants

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Mineral Physics

Department: EPL – Earth and Planets Laboratory

Salary: TBD

Location: Washington,DC

The Earth and Planets Laboratory (EPL) at the Carnegie Institution for Science seeks applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow to investigate the physical properties of the Earth’s mantle. The successful applicant will perform multi-anvil experiments and make measurements of electrical conductivity and sound velocity of mantle materials in situ at high pressure and temperature. The successful candidate will lead the project, and collaboration with experimentalists and geophysicists at EPL as part of the interpretation and publication of experimental results is anticipated. Funding is available for travel to scientific conferences. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to develop a side-project independently.

The Carnegie Institution strives to enable a scientifically excellent, equitable, and inclusive community, and therefore aims for diverse groups of people to collaborate and thrive at EPL. We encourage applicants from under-represented groups and backgrounds and with a diverse set of experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives to apply. The Carnegie Institution is an equal opportunity employer, and 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.

The Earth and Planets Laboratory supports world-class laboratory facilities in high-pressure research, analytical geochemistry and materials spectroscopy. Carnegie Science also supports theoretical, data analytic, geodynamic and mineral physics investigations by providing access to state-of-the-art computational facilities. Postdoctoral Fellows at EPL have access to valuable training resources, and opportunities for mentoring and professional development are provided to help launch successful scientific careers in academia and industry.

Minimum qualification for this position is a doctoral degree in mineral physics, experimental petrology, geophysics or a related field at the time of appointment. The candidate should have experience in high-pressure experiments, preferably the multi-anvil apparatus. It is desired that candidates have experience or familiarity with impedance spectroscopy and/or sound velocity measurements.

The appointment is for one year, with renewal for a second year pending progress. The position can begin as of January 1, 2022 and will be based at the Broad Branch Road campus of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC. Application materials must include: (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae (including a list of publications), (3) a statement of previous research and research interests no longer than 3 pages, and (4) the contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Only complete applications submitted through this website will be considered.

Questions about the position and application process may be directed to Dr. Anne Pommier (apommier@carnegiescience.edu) and Dr. Mike Walter (mwalter@carnegiescience.edu).

 

Related URLs:

Carnegie EPL

Carnegie Institution for Science