GL – Geophysical Lab

Postdoctoral Associate Position at HPCAT at the Advanced Photon Source

Department: GL – Geophysical Lab

Salary: TBD

Location: Argonne, IL

The Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science (Carnegie), seeks applications for one postdoctoral associate in the field of high pressure synchrotron research at the HPCAT facility at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory. As a dedicated high-pressure synchrotron facility, HPCAT has developed an array of x-ray diffraction, x-ray spectroscopy, and x-ray imaging techniques suited for high-pressure research. Successful candidates will work with the HPCAT team in materials research using x-rays, together with the new development of high-pressure x-ray techniques such as multigrain crystallography, high-energy diffraction microscopy, and/or time resolved techniques.

The appointment is for one year, with possibility for a second year pending the progress and availability of funds. The position is available immediately, and will remain open until it is filled.

  • Minimum qualifications: A PhD in physics, chemistry, materials science or a related field is required at the time of appointment. Successful candidates are expected to be able to work in both independent and collaborative group environments.
  • Desired qualifications: A strong background in crystallography will be strongly favored. Research experience in high-pressure materials science and good skills in scientific software and diamond anvil cell technology will be considered advantages.

Interested parties can submit an application with a cover letter, curriculum vita, research interests, and names of at least three references, via this Carnegie website. Only complete applications submitted via this Carnegie website will be considered.

The prospective researcher will be working at Carnegie’s HPCAT facility at the Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory. 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.

Instrument Maker

Department: GL – Geophysical Lab

Salary: TBD

Location: Washington, DC

This announcement is being circulated listing the qualifications for a vacant position on the staff at the Geophysical Laboratory located at 5251 Broad Branch Road, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Job Description

A prestigious 100 + year old non-profit scientific research institution located in Washington, DC is seeking a talented and experienced individual to fill the post of Instrument Maker. A minimum of 5 years’ experience as instrument maker/machinist is required.

This three-person machine shop supports state of the art science of 14 scientific staff members and their research groups to help design, create, and modify in-house design instrumentation/equipment. Our shop employs CNC Mills, CNC Lathes, a brand new Wire EDM system, Surface and Edge grinders, and multiple small and medium mills and lathes. A large fraction of the work involves machining of instruments and parts used in high-pressure / high-temperature research activities. In support of these experiments we machine hardened steel, tungsten carbide, and both soft and hard ceramics.

Position Requirements:

  • Highly experienced and versatile in the use of conventional and CNC equipment such as lathes, vertical mills, cylindrical / surface grinders and wire EDM machines.
  • Capable to set-up, program and operate such equipment for the fabrication, modification and or repair of highly technical scientific instrumentation and equipment.
  • Verify the dimensions of parts and components, using measuring instruments.
  • Ability to work with various types of metals, nonferrous materials, ceramics and plastics.
  • Test instrumentation to determine conformance to specifications.
  • Ability to interact with scientific staff to determine compliance with jobs submitted to the machine shop and to communicate any requirements or problems faced with the development, improvement, repair.
  • Ability to teach our junior machinist.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

Extensive machining experience and knowledge /ability to operate various types of sophisticated production machinery; ability to communicate effectively, both written and oral. We seek a highly motivated individual that is capable of exhibiting good judgment and the ability to work independently on scheduled projects, seeing them through to completion. Prior experience in a research environment a plus.

Preferred Attributes:

Strong interpersonal and communication skills to interact effectively and maintain a good working relationship with a diverse group of individuals at all levels of the organization.

Required documents for the application are: a cover letter, a CV/resumé and contact information for three references. Applications will be reviewed starting January 26, 2017 and will continue until an appropriate candidate is hired.

The Instrument Maker will work at the Geophysical Laboratory location in Washington, D.C. The Carnegie Institution of Washington 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.