GL – Geophysical Lab

Carnegie Institution for Science—Postdoctoral Fellow in Geochemistry and Data Science

Department: GL – Geophysical Lab


Location: Washington, DC

The Geophysical Laboratory seeks a highly-qualified applicant for a Postdoctoral 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 (see, as well as proficiency in numerical modeling, high-performance computing, geospatial analysis, and machine learning. The successful candidate will work in close collaboration with members of the international 4D Initiative team (see, including Robert Hazen and Shaunna Morrison at Carnegie, as well as the emerging Deep-Time Digital Earth (DDE) project being developed in China (see Science, v.363, p.917).

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 and applied mathematics colleagues, are essential.

Desired qualification: Proficiency in written and spoken Chinese is desirable, though not mandatory.

This full-time, 2-year position will commence on or after May 1, 2019, and will be based at the Geophysical Laboratory at the Carnegie Institution’s Broad Branch Road campus in Washington, DC. Interested applicants should submit a CV, contact information for three references, and a cover letting stating your interest in the position by April 8, 2019. Finalists will be notified by April 15, 2019.

Systems Administrator/Laboratory Computing Support Staff

Department: GL – Geophysical Lab


Location: Washington, DC


The Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution for Science seeks a highly-motivated individual to join our professional support staff. The Carnegie Institution is a privately endowed institute dedicated to scientific discovery. The Geophysical Laboratory, located on the Broad Branch Road campus in NW Washington D.C., has thirteen senior scientific staff and more than twenty researchers dedicated to the pursuit of cutting-edge science in the area of Earth and planetary science, astrobiology and the physics and chemistry of materials. Professional support staff are critical to the success of the Lab and include a team of technical and administrative personnel. We are searching for a Systems Administrator/Laboratory Computing Support Staff who will undertake a range of duties as described below.


The candidate will be responsible for providing a broad range of computing support for staff in a non-profit institution for science located in NW Washington DC. Systems administration involves responsibility for day-to-day operation and maintenance of desktop computers (Windows, Mac, and Linux), printers, and network equipment in addition to assisting in the administration and development of server systems including directory, file, database, mail and web servers. The role also involves supporting the setup and maintenance of scientific hardware and software in a laboratory environment, including developing software for experimental automation. The individual will work under the supervision of the Departmental IT Manager.


Candidates must possess good customer service and helpdesk skills, and the ability to work independently and effectively communicate with the user base. This job provides IS professionals the opportunity to be exposed to and explore new technologies, programming and a wide variety of software systems, and gain experience with systems administration.



General Systems Support

  • Setup and troubleshoot network, hardware, and software
  • Assist in day-to-day operations and maintenance of all computer systems, including computational clusters
  • Support Google Suite services
  • Analyze, prepare, and run the backup of network and user data
  • Analyze firewall, server, performance and other network logs as required
  • Assist staff on issues relating to general information technology
  • Assist the Departmental, Campus and Institutional IT Managers and IT Team members on local and Institutional wide services and systems
  • Assist in creating training materials and providing training to users on software applications, new technology systems, and computer policies
  • Analyze trends, devise and manage changes and communicate these needs to staff
  • Assist and perform any other tasks requested by the supervisor


Lab Support

  • Install and maintain software on lab computers
  • Purchase and maintain licenses for specialized lab software
  • Develop software for lab automation (Labview, Matlab, etc.)
  • Install and maintain lab computers
  • Install and maintain hardware as needed



  • Experience in a research environment
  • Experience with desktop and server (Linux, MacOS, and Windows) environments
  • Application configuration and troubleshooting experience
  • Hardware configuration and troubleshooting experience
  • Ability to work well with others and communicate effectively with Scientific and Support Staff
  • Ability to respond to issues quickly, multitask and meet deadlines
  • Google Suite experience
  • Minimum of 30 credits or Associate degree in Information Systems or related field. Relevant computer support experience with a professional certification in networking or system administration may be substituted for educational requirement.
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States.



  • Prior helpdesk experience
  • Hardware interfacing and programming for scientific research instruments
  • Experience with one or more of the following languages: Python, Labview, R and Matlab
  • Network switch configuration and installation
  • Experience with network management including Vlans
  • Experience with system development including building servers
  • Willingness to learn


Only complete applications submitted via this website will be considered.

The prospective employee will work at the Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC. 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 Fellowships at the Geophysical Laboratory

Department: GL – Geophysical Lab


Location: Washington, DC

The Geophysical Laboratory invites applications for Carnegie Postdoctoral Fellowships. Current research at the Geophysical Laboratory falls primarily within three overlapping thematic areas: Earth and Planetary Science, Astrobiology and the Origin of Life, and the Chemistry and Physics of Materials at Extreme Conditions. Synergies among these thematic areas, as well as links to many closely related research pursuits at Carnegie’s co-located Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, provide Carnegie Fellows with exceptional opportunities for collaboration.

Investigations in earth and planetary sciences focus on the origin and evolution of earth and the terrestrial planets, core formation in planetary bodies, planetary melting and differentiation and the structure and dynamics of planetary interiors. Astrobiology focuses on the conditions and reactions necessary for life to emerge and be sustained on planetary bodies and the detection of life on and in extraterrestrial objects and ancient earth. Studies of the physics and chemistry of materials focus on understanding material behavior at extreme conditions, and the development of new synthesis pathways for novel materials and the design of property-specific materials from first principles.

World-class experimental and analytical facilities at the Geophysical Laboratory permit unparalleled access to matter at extreme conditions and to analysis of earth and planetary materials at micron and sub-micron scales. In addition, scientific computing resources available to the campus include the Carnegie Memex cluster (2500+ cores) as well as local computing resources. Carnegie Fellowships also provide funding for conference and meeting travel, and for the publication of results from postdoctoral work. Please see our listing of personnel, research areas, and major facilities for more information.

Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant field by the time of appointment and a promising record of research and publication. Fellowship applications must include a curriculum vitae, list of publications, brief description of thesis research, brief (2-3 page) statement of research plans during the fellowship, and three letters of reference sent by those familiar with your work. The fellowship committee evaluates research proposals for evidence of original thinking and creativity to determine a candidate’s ability to develop and carry out a research project at the Laboratory. You are encouraged to contact a Geophysical Laboratory Staff Member about the suitability of your project.

Only applications submitted via this Carnegie Website will be considered. Evaluation of completed applications will begin December 1, 2018 with interviews beginning in January, 2019. Successful candidates may begin their fellowships between July 1 and December 31, 2019.

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.