GL – Geophysical Lab

Carnegie Institution for Science – BBR Summer Intern

Department: BBR – Broad Branch Road, DTM – Terrestrial Magnetism, GL – Geophysical Lab


Location: Washington, DC

Students, are you interested in a career in science? Would you like an opportunity to be mentored by and work alongside world-renowned scientists?

The Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM) and the Geophysical Laboratory (GL) are departments within the Carnegie Institution for Science at Broad Branch Road, a nonprofit scientific research organization located on a beautiful park-like campus. Our science covers a broad area of research in the fields of Earth and space science, from astrophysics to mantle dynamics, from earthquakes to cosmochemistry, from astrobiology to material science.

We invite applications from high school seniors through university undergraduates to participate as interns during the summer. Interns will be paid a stipend of $1,000 per month up to a maximum of two months. Internships correspond with the academic calendar, and cover the summer period from the end of May/June 2020 through July/August 2020. The positions offer flexible work hours and duration, but with a target of a minimum of a two-month internship.

If you are looking for a scientific project or challenge, then apply for a Carnegie Broad Branch Road internship by submitting a cover letter specifying your interests and ranking your top three choices from among the available projects, along with one letter of reference. Deadline for applications is April 15, 2020.

The available project are:

1. Visualization of Numerical Simulations of Planetary Dynamos
2. Frequency Distributions in Complex Organic Molecular Mixtures
3. Investigation of nebular and asteroidal processes using meteorite databases and machine learning
4. Assessment of environmental fingerprints of trace metal chemistry on microbial evolution
5. Simulation of piezoelectrics as functions of temperatures
6. Simulations of iron under pressure
7. Biochemistry of Chemolithoautrophic Life: Constraining H and N isotope fractionation during growth of piezophilic epsilonproteobacteria
8. Synthesis and Design of New Materials for Energy and Advanced Applications
9. Experimental and Computational Investigations of the Physics and Chemistry of Materials under Extreme Conditions
10. Thermal conductivity of planetary materials
11. Synthesis of novel materials at extreme materials
12. Simulations of reactions in asteroid interiors: Kinetics of aqueous synthesis of organic solids from sugar precursors
13. Search for gas in disks around nearby stars
14. An SEM search for refractory oxides of possible circumstellar origin in chondritic meteorites
The BBR Summer Intern program is funded by the Carnegie Institution for Science, with generous support from the Marilyn Fogel Endowed Fund For Internships.

Staff Scientist in Petrology or Geo/Cosmochemistry

Department: BBR – Broad Branch Road, DTM – Terrestrial Magnetism, GL – Geophysical Lab


Location: Carnegie Science, Broad Branch Road, N.W., Washington, DC 20015

The Carnegie Institution for Science (Washington, DC campus) invites applications for a staff scientist in petrology or geo/cosmochemistry. We are particularly interested in candidates in research areas that will amplify our strengths in field and laboratory-based investigations, with an emphasis in igneous petrology, magmatic volatiles, or geo/cosmochemical approaches to investigate the origin and evolution of Earth and other rocky planets.  We encourage applications from those interested in cross-disciplinary areas that complement or expand our existing strengths in Earth, planetary, and exoplanet science.  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 a basic research organization committed to exploring intriguing scientific questions.  Carnegie staff scientists hold 12-month salaried appointments and pursue independent research supported by a combination of endowment and federal funds.  Staff scientists do not have teaching duties, but we place considerable emphasis on mentoring postdoctoral scholars.

Carnegie’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism and Geophysical Laboratory are merging into a single division that will continue to provide staff scientists with the resources to pursue fundamental research on planet formation and evolution, including state-of-the-art experimental and analytical laboratories, computer clusters, and machine shop and electronics support.  In a separate ad, we are searching for a second staff scientist with interests in astronomy or planetary science. Information about our current research programs can be found at and  Our vision for interdisciplinary planetary research can be found at  Applicants should have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and propose a world-class research program.

To apply, please submit (1) cover letter with the names of three references, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) list of publications, (4) abstracts of your two most relevant and important papers, (5) a 2-3 page summary of previous research, and (6) a research plan of up to 5 pages through the Apply Now button below.  You may email with any questions.

Review of applications will begin immediately with a deadline of 18 February 2020.

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.