EPL – Earth and Planets Laboratory

Experienced Machinist/Instrument Maker

Department: EPL – Earth and Planets Laboratory

Salary: TBD

Location: Washington, DC

Carnegie Institution for Science

Earth and Planets Laboratory

 Vacancy Announcement

This announcement is being circulated listing the qualifications for a vacant position on the staff at the Earth and Planets Laboratory located at 5241 Broad Branch Road, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Experienced Machinist/ Instrument Maker

Job Description

The Earth and Planets Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution for Science is seeking an experienced machinist with a diverse skill set and an interest in contributing to the design and construction of cutting-edge scientific instrumentation.  Experience in programming and operating CNC machines and the capability to set-up and use manual lathes, mills and saws is required along with the ability to use common measuring tools such as the calipers and micrometers needed to ensure precise tolerances in machined products.  The position involves working with staff scientists in the design and construction of prototype instrumentation and equipment needed for a diverse range of studies in Earth sciences, including equipment for measuring the properties of materials at extremes in pressure and temperature.

Position Requirements:

  • Highly experienced in the use of conventional and CNC equipment such as lathes, vertical mills, cylindrical / surface grinders and wire EDM machines.  Ability to set up, program and operate such equipment for the fabrication, modification and or repair of highly technical scientific instrumentation and equipment.
  • Must be able to verify the dimensions of parts and components, using measuring instruments, to high tolerance.
  • Ability to work with various types of metals, super alloys, ceramics and plastics.
  • Test instrumentation to determine conformance to specifications.
  • Interpersonal skills needed to interact with scientific staff to determine compliance with jobs submitted to the machine shop and communicate any requirements or problems faced with the development, improvement, and repair of job requests.
  • Willingness to participate in our mentorship program.
  • Experience with welding, particularly for vacuum equipment, desired but not a requirement of the position.
  • Other duties, functions and jobs as required to assist the scientific staff on the campus.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

Trade education or equivalent work experience, preferably 10 years or more; familiar with Solidworks and Mastercam, ability to communicate effectively, both written and oral; highly motivated individual who is capable of exhibiting good judgment and work independently on scheduled projects, seeing them through to completion; prior experience in a research environment a plus.

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 February 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 January 10, 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.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Deep-time Data-Driven Discovery

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 data science and visualization, and application thereof in deep-time Earth and/or planetary science. We seek experience in multi-dimensional analysis and visualization, including proficiency in machine learning, numerical modeling, high-performance computing, and geospatial analysis. Successful candidates should have a working knowledge of one or more relevant geoscience fields, including geochemistry, mineralogy, paleobiology, paleotectonics, petrology, and planetary evolution, particularly in the context of deep-time data-driven discovery (https://4d.carnegiescience.edu/). 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 the Earth and Planets Laboratory, 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 a computer science, data science, geoinformatics, or geoscience domain 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, Earth and planetary scientists, biologists, and bioinformaticians, are essential.

 

This full-time, 2-year position will commence on or after February 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 applicants should submit a CV, contact information for three references, a cover letter, and a 1-page research proposal by January 10, 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.

Postdoctoral Fellow — Carbon-Based Materials

Department: EPL – Earth and Planets Laboratory

Salary: TBD

Location: Washington, D.C.

The Earth and Planets Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science, seeks applications for a postdoctoral position focused on the synthesis and characterization of novel carbon-based materials. The position will focus on using high-pressure and high-temperature conditions to synthesize and characterize unique diamond-like crystalline carbon compounds with high strength/hardness and tunable electronic structures including semiconductors and superconductors. The successful candidate will work closely in a team comprised of experimental and computational physicists, chemists, and materials scientists. Please refer questions to tstrobel@carnegiescience.edu.

Minimum qualifications:  A PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science or a related field is the requirement for this position.

Desired qualifications:  Expertise in solid-state physics and chemistry, including synthesis and characterization of electrical transport and magnetic properties, including superconductivity. Understanding of high-pressure techniques including laser-heated diamond anvil cells and/or large-volume press techniques is desirable. The successful candidate is expected to be able to work in both independent and collaborative group environments.

The appointment is intended for one year, with the possibility for up to two additional years pending progress and availability of funds. The position is expected to be available starting Fall 2020, and will remain open until filled. Interested parties should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae (including publications), statement of research interests, and contact information for a minimum of three references.

Prospective researchers will work at the Earth and Planets Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington, DC. 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.