GL – Geophysical Lab

Postdoctoral Research Associate – Studies of carbon-bearing, sulfide, and sulfosalt minerals

Department: GL – Geophysical Lab

Salary: TBD

Location: Washington, DC

The Geophysical Laboratory seeks a highly-qualified applicant for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position with expertise in Crystal Chemistry. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr. Robert Hazen on two projects. First, the candidate will continue investigations of the diversity and distribution of carbon-bearing minerals. Second, the candidate will develop methods for inferring the oxidation state of ions in sulfide and sulfosalt minerals. The candidate will employ large data resources in Mineralogy and Crystallography to identify the physical and chemical parameters (e.g., bond length) required to accurately determine the oxidation state of redox-active transition metals in sulfide and sulfosalt minerals. A model based on those parameters will be built by the candidate to explore how these minerals evolved through geological time, where the oxidation state of the constituent ions will be used as a proxy to study Earth’s changing near-surface environments.

Minimum qualifications: The applicant must have a Ph.D. in Earth Sciences or Chemistry, and must be familiar with concepts of Mineralogy, Crystallography and Solid-State Chemistry (particularly chemical bonding), and must be familiar with Earth’s changing near-surface environments in deep time. Programming skills are not required, but experience with database development, management, and use, as well as the ability to work knowledgeably with data scientist colleagues, are essential.

This full-time, 1-year position (with the possibility of a 2nd year) will commence as soon as possible in 2018, and will be based at Carnegie’s Broad Branch Road campus in Washington, DC.

Interested applicants will need to submit a CV, contact information for three references, and a cover letter stating your interest in the position by July 1st, 2018. Finalists will be notified by July 15, 2018. To submit an application, click here. Only complete applications submitted via this Carnegie website will be considered.

Prospective researchers will work at the Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institution, Washington, DC. 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.